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This tasty chicken souvlaki meal prep has been on repeat at my house. It’s delicious, fast and easy!
I’m still figuring out my meal prep routine – I guess I’m still a novice. I’m pretty good on Sundays, where I can get a few things made for the week. However, that preparation only lasts us through mid-week, and it’s usually a desperate dash for meals on Thursday and Friday. Yup, my co-worker’s Subway sandwich starts to look mighty fine on Thursdays.
I’ll do a mid-week meal prep only if it is fast and easy. Also, it would be great to leverage the grill, as we’re usually cooking something outdoors mid-week. I’m happy to say that this chicken souvlaki recipe definitely meets both requirements. The marinade is easy to prepare and it is tangy and garlic-y. Since the chicken is cut and threaded on to skewers, the protein cooks quickly on the grill. You really can’t go wrong with this.
Instead of pita bread, I serve the skewers with a little cauliflower rice or rice pilaf, a creamy tzatziki made with coconut milk yogurt, and a refreshing cucumber & tomato salad. All of this adds up to a tasty little meal.
I use these silicone mini loaf forms to hold the tzatziki and salad, which are eaten cold. When it’s time to eat, you open your container, set aside the two silicone cups, and reheat the chicken and rice. No mess, no fuss.
CHICKEN SOUVLAKI MEAL PREP | paleo, whole 30 option
Meal prep that is fast, easy and healthy! Round out this dishe with sides of cauliflower rice (or basmati rice) and a simple salad (cucumbers, tomatoes and red onion tossed with a little lemon juice and olive oil).
For Whole 30, omit honey from souvlaki marinade; substitute tatziki with an additioanal serving of cucumber tomato salad (coconut yogurt is swypo).
Special tools needed: 6 inch wood skewers, meal prep containers
- Prep Time: 45 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: meal prep
- Method: grill
- Cuisine: greek
CHICKEN SOUVLAKI SKEWERS
8 six inch wood skewers, soaked in water for 2 hours minimum
1.5 lbs chicken breasts, cut in to one inch cubes (2 large breast, 3 smaller sized breasts)
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice (approx 1/4 cup) and zest of 1-2 lemons
1 tsp honey (omit for whole 30)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried dill
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 c coconut yogurt, homemade or store bought
1 cucumber, grated
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp chopped mint
2 tbsp chopped dill (or 2 tsp dried dill)
1 tbsp lemon juice
zest of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
TO MAKE CHICKEN SOUVLAKI SKEWERS
Place whisk together all chicken souvlaki ingredients, except chicken and skewers, in a small bowl.
Set aside half of the marinade (this will be used to baste skewers after cooking). Place remaining half of the marinade in a medium sized bowl.
Add cubed chicken to marinade and toss to ensure that all pieces are coated.
Place chicken in the fridge and let marinade for 30-60 minutes. While chicken is marinating, make the tatziki (see below)
After marinating, thread chicken pieces on the soaked skewers.
Grill skewers over high heat – 15 minutes
Remove from grill and immediately brush skewers with remaining marinade before serving.
For meal prep, take the chicken off the skewers before reheating.
TO MAKE TATZIKI
place cucumber in a colander. Sprinkle salt and let sit for 15 minutes to release excess moisture.
Press out any remaining moisture from cucumber and place in a small bowl.
Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until combined.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Refrigerate until it is time to serve.
prep time excludes the soak time necessary for the skewers.
Recipe inspired by America’s Test Kitchen
Keywords: chicken meal prep, chicken souvlaki, paleo recipe, whole 30 recipe
This looks like a great way to eat all week! I am going to try making lunches this way this school year, and you sold me on that sauce! Um, yum!!
thank you! yes, i have a weak spot for this lemony-garlicy marinade.
I started getting into meal prep and it is making my life so much easier to navigate. love this paleo, whole 30 meal idea!
Right? I think that small investment of time preparing these meals really pays off in a big way.
Meal prep is so big right now! I need some good recipes and this is going to be a good one for sure!
Thank you! Yes, we’re finding that meal prep is not only better for you, but tastes better than take out.
I’ve been trying to plan our meals ahead and bulk grocery shop to save my time in the kitchen. We’re totally into easy and healthy meals we can make in a pinch and this sounds like it would be great with broccoli!
We’ve saved a lot of time and $$$ by preparing meals on on the weekend. This is definitely a great option whether you plan ahead or need to prep a last minute meal.
Just a heads up that you seem to be missing a decimal point in your “total hours” section — it’s at 100 hours, not 1.00 hours. Which would take this from a quick mid-week meal prep to a “ain’t nobody EVER got time for that” meal prep! 😉
Thanks for that catch and letting me know! It has been corrected. yes, 100 hours would not be a good thing for a “time saving” meal prep. 🙂
Wow this souvlaki looks amazing! Sounds like the perfect meal prep option! Pinning to make next week!
This looks awesome – definitely a meal prep to look forward too! I love that this looks both filling AND healthy. The cauliflower rice substitution for the pita is a great idea.
Thank you! My hubs prefers the pita, but it’s definitely nice to have the option to cut the carbs & gluten. you don’t miss that bread at all!
This is great food to take to the office! I would just have to deal with my coworkers food-envy, I guess! It’s a thing! And this looks reeeaaally good!
haha! Just make sure no one steals your meal prep at work! 🙂
Chicken Souvlaki is one of my favorite dishes at the Greek restaurants. This healthy version is perfect to make at home. I can eat it over a Greek salad or with a side of cauliflower rice. This will be a great addition to my meal plan this week!
It’s definitely one of my faves too! We’ve been eating versions of this every week for the past month, and it never gets old.
Chicken souvlaki is one of my absolute favorite things to order when we’re out at a Greek restaurant. I’m always looking for a good recipe to make it at home. Yours looks delicious! And I love the idea of serving it with cauliflower rice. Yum!
I love this on rice, but it’s surprisingly super delicious with cauli rice.
That sounds delicious! Great timing – I recently got a grill, so I’m looking for recipes I can use on it. And I’m going to need more make ahead meals. So this is a twofer!
congrats on your grill – you will love using it! We use our grill almost every day (often multiple times a day) during these hot summer days.
This is perfect because I am always running out of different ideas for me and my husbands bento lunch box thing I bought. I love Tzatziki Sauce, chicken and definitely that salad.
Same at my house. rotating recipes definitely makes things interesting …and delicious!