Grecian Delight

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on April 4, 2011

in chicken/turkey, family recipe, simple recipe

Hanging out with my friend Ericka for the last week brought back some hilarious memories from college, most of which caused ridiculous bouts of giggles even now. We reminisced about how, even back in those days, I hated to do dishes. I always loved to cook and make messes, but the cleaning up? No thank you.

We found that many of our fond memories together revolved around cooking something delicious, and then sharing it either with each other or with our other roommates. There are only a handful of recipes I remember cooking during those times, usually prepared with a recipe scribbled on a piece of scratch paper that I wrote down while talking to my mom on the land line of our house.


One such recipe was brought back to the front of my mind when my friend Nicole (who cuts my hair) asked me about making tzatziki sauce. Then, like one of those cheesy montages in a “best girlfriends” movies, the memories of cooking my mom’s Grecian chicken recipe and mixing up tzatziki sauce in the basement kitchen of our blue boarding house and gobbling it up like there was no tomorrow. And then being forced to quarantine ourselves in our upstairs rooms because we reeked of garlic.

And so, Grecian Chicken Skewers were made and enjoyed, many years after cooking them the first time.


Grecian Chicken Skewers


  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 lemons
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons (yes, tablespoons) oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil


Juice and zest the four lemons into a large bowl. Mix in the oregano and olive oil, and then crush the garlic cloves into the mixture. Stir well, then add the chicken and stir to coat. Marinate at least 30 minutes, but not more than 2 hours, as the lemon juice will start to “cook” the chicken. Soak 4 wooden skewers in water while the chicken is marinating, and then skewer the chicken. Broil or grill for about 6 minutes per side. Serve with pita and tzatziki sauce.


Tzatziki Sauce


  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt & pepper


Grate the peeled cucumber into a clean kitchen towel. Use the towel to wring as much water out of the cucumber as you possibly can. Stir the squeezed cucumber, garlic, salt & pepper into the Greek yogurt. Refrigerate until use.


The skewers were a hit, and we enjoyed them with some delicious locally-made whole wheat pita bread. I can’t believe that this recipe had gone forgotten for so long. I’m sure you’ll be seeing this chicken again soon… it was just that good!



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VeggieGirl April 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM

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Jenn@slim-shoppin April 4, 2011 at 7:28 PM

The great thing about that chicken recipe is that I have those ingredients all the time. That looks so good and easy to make!
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Mary (what's cookin' with mary) April 4, 2011 at 7:59 PM

This looks and sounds SO good. B and I really love Greek food, but tend to order it in bc it’s the ONLY healthy(ish) place we can order delivery from. Next time I make some at home, I’m def going to be channeling this chicken recipe.
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J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 4, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I love making skewers. I need to find smaller ones, the ones I have are gigantic. Not that that’s a bad thing, either! LOL More room for yumminess.
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Blog is the New Black April 5, 2011 at 6:20 AM

Your skewers look deeeeeelish!
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Mandy - The Complete Cook Book April 5, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Simplicity at it’s best. :-) Mandy
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brandi April 5, 2011 at 8:27 AM

delicious! i can’t wait for lighter meals like this now that spring is finally hitting here.


Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) April 5, 2011 at 9:07 AM

that looks wonderful!
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janetha @ meals & moves April 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM

These look like they are from a gourmet Greek restaurant!
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Roz April 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Damn, this looks so good. Opa! Bring on the retsina!
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justine @ you're so martha April 5, 2011 at 4:38 PM

i love lemon and i love garlic, so i will definitely be making these! do you use fresh oregano or dried? (i’m guessing dried, but i don’t want to assume and then use way to much) thanks!
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Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 5, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I used dried, but fresh works too! It’s a different flavor though.


April @ Grits and Granola Bars April 5, 2011 at 10:38 PM

That looks delicious!


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