Chicken Souvlaki Bowls with Garlic Fries.
Chicken Souvlaki Bowls with Garlic Fries…better known as the loaded Greek-inspired “street food” bowl that you need in your life this week. Grilled Greek marinated chicken skewers, served bowl style with grilled zucchini, homemade garlic fries, Tzatziki, and fresh summer cherry tomatoes. These bowls are simple to throw together, full of fresh ingredients, extra colorful, super flavorful, and so delicious. The perfect dinner to serve any night of the week…and all summer long.
I mentioned on Sunday that my family is all in town this week. If you’ve been reading for a while, then you know that my brothers are all about protein-heavy meals. They love meat, they love potatoes, and they can do without anything green. I wish so much that I was exaggerating, but it’s all true. Each and every one of my five brothers could live off of grilled chicken and rice and be pretty happy. Though they do love spicy sauces and things like that, so they would probably get bored…eventually.
Enter my sisterly side-eye, here.
Anyway, point is that they love their chicken dishes, they love anything with garlic, and anything with potatoes. My eldest brother Creighton? He particularly loves gyros. More specifically a lamb gyro with plenty of special sauce, onions, and all the fixings. Every time he’s in town he begs me to make lamb gyros, and to this day I have not done it. Someday I will. But today I’m sharing my easier “deconstructed” gyro with oregano marinated chicken, garlicky fries, Tzatziki, and all the good fixings. So the healthier, slightly simpler version of a Gyro.
These bowls were dinner on Sunday night. They turned out so delicious that I decided to recreate them on Monday. I tried to make them pretty…ish (I don’t LOVE the photos) so I could share the recipe today.
If you’re new to Souvlaki, it’s Greek marinated meat with oregano, garlic, and lemon. You can use any variety of meat, but chicken and lamb are the most common. The marinade is very simple, a good amount of oregano, paprika, garlic, and lemon really go a long way and create a chicken skewer that’s tender and flavorful. I prefer to do a quick marinade of the chicken since I’m never prepared for a long marinating time. Most of the time 15 minutes is about all I have, so I make it work. And you know, it’s still darn good.
While the chicken marinates, I like to get to work on the garlicky fries. Oh, these fries. I could not love them more.
Yes, you need to turn your oven on to make these fries (or if you have an air fryer you could certainly air fry them). I promise these fries are so worth it. They kind of make these bowls. The key with the fries is adding just the right amount of garlic so that it’s flavorful, but not overpowering. I like to add a little before and after cooking for the best flavor. And then finish with oregano and flaky sea salt.
Alright, so fries are in the oven, now it’s time to grill the chicken skewers and zucchini.
Once the chicken and zucchini are done grilling the fries should be finishing up and it’s time to begin assembling.
The rest of the bowls are very much up to you, but I’m encouraging you to add the following.
First, warm naan or pita bread. Either is great, but around here we really prefer naan (video on how to make). But I’m sure you probably guessed this. The bread will act as the base of your bowl.
Next up you need Tzatziki. It’s a Greek yogurt-based sauce with cucumber, lemon, and dill. It’s simple to make at home using this recipe or pick up some from your local Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. Either way, just get your hands on some Tzatziki. It’s a must when serving up chicken souvlaki of any kind.
Now, layer on the “salad” items. For me, that means shredded lettuce, the zucchini we grilled with the chicken, cherry tomatoes, and a sprinkle of feta cheese (which I forget about while taking the photos, sorry!). This is the area where you can really have fun and add your favorites…radishes, additional cucumbers, olives, onions, whatever you love!
Finally, add the fries and chicken skewers – and done!
I have to admit, this is not a 30-minute dinner. No, it’s more like an hour start to finish. Which I know can be a lot of time, especially on a weeknight, but if you can swing it, you must give these bowls a try. They’re healthy, are a great use of summer produce, and so delish. The perfect summer staple recipe for any night of the week.
If you make this these chicken Souvlaki bowls with garlic fries, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Chicken Souvlaki Bowls with Garlic Fries.
Key Ingredient: chicken
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
- 1 small shallot, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 6 fresh pitas or naan bread, warmed
- 1 cup Tzatziki, store-bought or homemade
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- hummus and shredded lettuce, for serving
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
- kosher salt
- 4 medium russet potatoes, cut into ¼-inch-thick matchsticks
1. In a gallon-size zip-top bag or bowl, combine the chicken, olive oil, paprika, oregano, shallots, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, crushed red pepper, and a large pinch of salt. Marinate for 15 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge.
2. Meanwhile, make the fries. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, oregano, and salt. Place the potato matchsticks in a large bowl and pour half the garlic mixture over. Gently toss to coat. Arrange the fries in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, then flip, reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more. Remove from the oven and toss with the remaining garlic oil.
4. Set your grill, grill pan, or skillet to medium-high heat. Toss the zucchini with the remaining tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Take skewers and thread the chicken pieces on. Alternately, you can roast the chicken at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
5. Grill the skewers until lightly charred and cooked through, turning them occasionally throughout cooking, about 10 to 12 minutes total. During the same time, grill the zucchini until lightly charred, 3-4 minutes per side. Remove everything from the grill.
6. To serve, spread the Tzatziki onto warmed naan. Add lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, and feta. Top with fries and chicken. If desired, add a dollop of hummus. EAT!
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Checking your blog is now part of my daily routine! I love seeing a new recipe each day along with the beautiful photography. Being Greek it is so fun to see Greek-inspired recipes. Traditionally gyro and souvlaki is most commonly made with pork which is delicious and Tzatziki also has fresh and dried mint which id definitely recommend. Looking forward to getting my daily cooking inspiration from you!
That is so amazing to hear! I hope you continue to love my blog! xTieghan
Made this tonight as I had no inspiration for dinner and saw this and immediately knew that it’s what I would be doing. Was delicious! My main tip would be that I used our grill at 425 (a Yoder) and the zucchini took quite a bit longer than the chicken. I did do it in a grill basket as well, but if you are using this method maybe start your zucchini a bit sooner than the chicken. The flavor was on point, we used spicy hummus on our wraps instead of tzatziki as I didn’t have the ingredients on hand and was super yum! Thanks for these recipes that solve my meal decision conundrums. 🙂 My husband definitely is a meat and potatoes kinda guy, but always needs veggies as well and I am the same way…so these are perfect.
Hi Alicia! I am so glad you loved this recipe! Thank you so much! xTieghan
Hi, what is the serving size for the calories listed?
Hey Grace, it’s about 2 skewers. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
I’ve been in a real cooking rut, and these popped me back out. So fun to make, and my family really enjoyed them! Although I think my two year old enjoys any recipe that involves a rolling pin and a huge mess of flour. Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you for trying this Liz! I am so glad you loved it! xTieghan
You are a hard working lady !!. Love everything I have made. I want to tell you one thing I especially like with your recipes they are for 6 people ! That works great for us
Thank you so much Toni! You are too kind! I hope you continue to love my recipes! xTieghan
I didn’t make the entire recipe. I doubled the recipe and made the chicken kabobs marinated just as you suggested. They were fantastic! Everyone loved them! A definite keeper!
Thank you so much Dawn! So glad this turned out amazing for you! xTieghan
This was a great weeknight meal packed with flavor. Did everything indoors–fries in the airfryer, chicken broiled in the oven, and zucchini on the stove top. Got it cooked and on the table in about 40 minutes, and everyone enjoyed it (made the kiddos’ chicken with just olive oil and salt). I can see this becoming a go-to this summer!
So perfect! I am so glad you all loved this Christina! Thank you! xTieghan
Hello!!!!! May I ask you the weight of potatoes you use? Thanks!!
Hi there! You need about 2 pounds of potatoes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
This recipe turned out delicious! I sauteed the chicken & zucchini rather than grilling and they turned out great.
That is so amazing to hear! Thank you so much for trying this Natalie! I am so glad you loved it! xTieghan
This recipe is amazing. My parents never are really happy with anything I cook and they told me that this dinner was amazing. I needed to save the recipe and make it again. My 13 year old daughter has been requesting inmake it again for tonight’s dinner. Thank you I found this dinner amazing myself and I plan on making it at least 2 a month even.
Wow that is amazing! I am so glad you all enjoyed this meal, Michelle! xTieghan
Lots of components but came together really well. I used frozen French fries to cut down some prep time, worked really well.
Thank you so much Jess! xTieghan
Such a delicious recipe! My husband and I couldn’t stop raving about it all night after we ate it. This will be a weekly item in our bellies!! Lol
That is so amazing! Thank you so much Michele! xTieghan
Thank you Kim! xTieghan
Hey! What is the serving size for this recipe? Looking to make it for a group of 7 and want to know how much I should alter the recipe! Thanks!
Hi Emily! This will serve about 6 people. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???
This was sooo good. I used a few shortcuts like frozen fries, dried oregano, and baked the chicken. It is definitely going in our dinner rotation. Thank you!!
Thank you Rose!! I am so glad you liked this! xTieghan
Probably a dumb question, but how do you serve/ eat these?
Hi Laura! Just slide the chicken off the skewers and eat rolled up in the naan with the fries. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan
I have made this twice in the last week because my family loves it (husband and 3 kids.) Served on Naan bread with tzatziki and topped with lettuce and cherry tomatoes as suggested. Simple, healthy and delicious!
I also make your garlic fries in my air fryer, all the time, and it comes out perfect – my kids polish them off.
Thank you so much Betty!! I am so glad this recipe turned out so well for you! xTieghan
The most delicious meal I’ve made in a long time & I know how to cook since my family has been in the restaurant business!!!! Began forwarding this recipe to friends & family!
Thank you so much Marci! That is so amazing!! xTieghan
Just made this. Literally think I does and went to heaven. My family loved!!
Aw that is so great! Thank you so much Lynn! xTieghan
**Died and went to heaven.
This looks awesome. Question: the recipe says to cut the potatoes into 1/4-inch matchsticks – but the fries in your photos look like they were cut thicker – guessing maybe 1/2″ sticks. Is the cooking time for the fries for 1/4″ or 1/2″ fries? If it’s for 1/4″ – how would you adjust for bigger fries? Thanks!
I used 1/4 inch matchsticks. If you cut them thicker simply increase the baking time. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Could you season and marinade boneless breasts, not cut up. My hubby doesn’t like kabobs. Thoughts?
Yes that would totally work! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
This was sneaky amazing. Thank you so much!!
Thank you Michaela! I am really glad you enjoyed this one! xTieghan
Made this once and everyone loved it, so I am making ahead to take on vacation. I’m hoping to freeze the chicken in the marinade to take to the beach. Do you think this will compromise the chicken? I read on some sites that freezing in a marinade changes the texture of the chicken.
I think freezing the chicken in the marinade is totally fine! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
I only made the chicken. Not the potatoes. The flavor was nice and smelled amazing before grilling. The chicken became quite dry during cooking… it’s breasts on a grill so it’s hard to avoid that. I will try again with thighs and see if I can get it to retain some moisture!
Thank you Tara! Please let me know if I can help! xTieghan
I made this for dinner tonight with your easy tzatzki and garlic naan. Amazing. One of the best meals I’ve made. My boyfriend, who is my BIGGEST critique and such a picky eater, LOVED everything. He said..and I quote, “that was really good, if you didn’t tell me you made that, and put it in front of me, I would have thought it came from a restaurant.” Thanks again for 3 fabulous recipes tonight! I’ll be heading to those other posts to leave reviews cause I know how much it helps, especially now!
I am so glad this turned out so amazing for you, Jen! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan
Delicious! Easy and light summer dish. Kids asked for seconds! Appreciate the realistic timeline, was 1 hour from start to finish.
Thank you so much Katy! xTieghan
Delicious! Fantastic summer dish, super light and flavorful. I think we will make this all year round. Great option for everyone. Super kid friendly, and easy to make a plate or bowl out of. Also appreciate the realistic timeline – took 1 hour from start to finish. We used store bought Naan, tzatziki and hummus.
Amazing!! I am really glad this turned out so well for you, Katy!! xTieghan
This was bloody lovely! The chips are an absolute game changer, will be using this recipe for them for other dishes now too!
Thank you so much Ryan! I am really glad this recipe turned out so well for you! xTieghan
Added greek yogurt and harissa to the marinade and popped it in the oven…. delicious!!!!!
I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan
This was admittedly time-consuming but 1000% worth it! Soooo delicious and satisfying.
I am so thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for trying it out!! xTieghan