Light and tangy, this Keto chicken souvlaki skewers with tzatziki recipe is one you’ll make again and again.
What is Chicken Souvlaki?
If you have to ask, I’m sorry. You’ve missed out on a real gem. Fortunately, this recipe can get you caught up in a hurry.
Souvlaki is a Greek dish consisting of skewered meat. Sometimes vegetables come along for the ride.
The meat is typically grilled and eaten hot, right off the skewer. Pork is the most popular souvlaki meat in Greece, but chicken, lamb, or beef are also used.
The skewers tend to be served with potatoes, pita bread, and lemons.
The whole thing has a shish kabob vibe.
How I Made This Keto
This one was easy. For once I didn’t have to think hard to figure out how to cut the carbs. Hooray!
Souvlaki gets its flavor from spices, so there’s not a lot of carb danger in this dish, even if you were to order it from a restaurant.
This one calls for olive oil, white wine vinegar, oregano, and paprika, all things that are pretty standard for souvlaki.
The tzatziki sauce needed some tweaking, however.
I try my hardest to divert people from dairy because many people are sensitive to it, even if they don’t know it. Tzatziki is usually made using yogurt, so I had to find an alternative for that.
Coconut yogurt, made from coconut milk rather than cow’s milk, does a fine job for this Keto sauce. You’ll blend it with plenty of garlic, and a touch of cucumber and mint.
So there you have it! No fancy flours, expensive oils, or wonky items you can’t find at the store. You’re done!
Yes…But What About My Pita?
Well, technically you don’t have to serve souvlaki skewers with pita bread. And you certainly wouldn’t want to serve regular pita bread if you’re hoping to hang onto your ketosis.
But you can make this Keto pita bread if you feel your meal would be incomplete without it. It’s made with nutritional yeast, which gives it a lovely cheese flavor without actual dairy.
Minding Your Macros
There are various levels of sophistication and thought put into Keto by different people. Some just focus on slashing carbs to the bare minimum, while others take a more scientific approach and track what they’re consuming.
If you prefer a more structured approach, or you’re not happy with the results you’re getting, try using this free Keto calculator.
One question can tell you the amount of carbs, proteins, and fat you should stick to to reach your goal weight. Or fill out more information for more accurate results.
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). If using wood skewers, soak in water for at least 10 minutes.
Place the diced chicken into a bowl. Add the olive oil, vinegar, dried oregano, and smoked paprika to the bowl and mix well to combine. (Let the chicken marinate while the wood skewers are soaking.) Thread the chicken tightly onto the soaked skewers. Place the chicken skewers on a rimmed baking tray.
Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
Meanwhile, make tzatziki by simply combining the coconut yogurt, crushed garlic, grated cucumber and mint in a small bowl. Season with salt, to taste.
Serve the chicken with the tzatziki sauce. If desired, enjoy with sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumber, and soft lettuce leaves.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love. You can find her on Facebook or LinkedIn.