Summer is in full swing which means that our barbecue is getting a lot
of use. It's far too hot to turn on the oven and I don't know about you,
but food seems to taste so much better when it is cooked on the grill.
We actually barbecue all year 'round - we love it that much. There are
so many options when it comes to planning meals to cook outside and I
can't wait to share some more of my favorites with you guys.
back dinner for us if we're running short on time is chicken souvlaki
and Greek salad. It's quick, it's easy and it tastes good. And, the way I
make it, it's pretty good for you.
For the chicken souvlaki:
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (Or lemon juice from a bottle if you don't have fresh lemons)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
To prepare souvlaki, combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl. Add chicken and stir to coat. (If you want to make ahead, you can put the mixture in a zip-top plastic bag and freeze it for a later date.) Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes, turning once. You can make it earlier - it will just have extra flavour.
Heat the barbecue to medium-high (or use a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat). Skewer chicken and place on barbecue or grill pan; cook 8 minutes or until chicken is done, turning once.
Chicken souvlaki isn't quite the same without a Greek salad. Mine may not be a "traditional" Greek salad, but it includes feta cheese, which is never a bad thing.
Fresh lettuce (our garden is bursting right now), chopped
1 cucumber, diced
3 small or one large tomato, diced
1 red pepper, seeded and diced
1 avacado, peeled, pitted and diced
Feta cheese (I buy the "light" variety)
Freshly squeezed lemon or lemon juice in a bottle
2 teaspoons oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Toss the vegetables in a large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice, crumble feta cheese on top and sprinkle oregano on top of that. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!