If you’re looking for a fun grilled recipe for the summer, then give these
Chicken Souvlaki Skewers a shot. They’re definitely one of our favorites!
A few weeks ago, I was out in the yard doing a round of winter clean up. You know, picking up branches, taking down the Christmas lights, raking out the last few leaves that I chose to ignore in the fall…that sort of thing. It was the first warmish day we’d had in a while, so I didn’t mind spending a few hours getting the yard ready for the spring. But as I was cleaning up the leaves near our front door, I looked down and saw a $10 bill up laying up against the house. What? A $10 bill? What was that doing there? And this was a pretty weathered Sawbuck. It’d been there a while…in fact, I’d guess it’d been there all winter.
So where did this $10 bill come from? I’m certainly not in the habit of losing money in the front yard. It looked like it had blown up into the corner near our porch along with some dead leaves. I’m still confused about this whole thing!
When I was a kid, my sister and I went with my grandparents to Myrtle Beach, SC for a couple of nights. One morning, we were walking along the beach with my grandfather, and we started finding dollar bills washed up in the sand. These bills had been at sea for a while as a couple of them even had small barnacles on them. Using my finely tuned 8-year-old logic, I decided that these washed-up bills were clearly from a pirate ship that sunk somewhere off the coast. Clearly.
Since upstate New York isn’t exactly close to the shore, I don’t think my pirate ship solution can explain the $10 bill in my front yard. Nope, this was definitely the work of ninjas. I mean, if it’s not pirates, then it’s gotta be ninjas, right? Or ghosts. It could have been ghosts, too. No matter where it came from, I quite happily put the money in my pocket and went about my work raking leaves. That is, after I poked around under the bushes to see if I could find any more money.
I’m ready for the summer! Bring on the warm weather. The winter clean up is done. The birds have returned. The grill is out. All is good around here. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been on a Greek food kick lately. So the other night, I was planning on grilling up some chicken for dinner. I was trying to decide how to season the chicken when it hit me. Chicken Souvlaki is a classic Greek dish, although souvlaki is often seen with pork or lamb. And here’s the thing–chicken souvlaki is incredibly easy to make. These skewers feature the classic Greek combination of lemon, garlic and olive oil…and they’re quite tasty!
To keep these skewers hot once they came off the grill, I used a Sizzle Platter from Wilton Armetale’s Gourmet Grillware line. You can actually cook directly on this platter, or you could do what I did and put the platter on the side of the grill while the skewers were cooking. Once the Chicken Souvlaki Skewers were done, I just transferred them onto the hot sizzle platter and served them straight from there. (This sizzle platter is also freezer safe, so you could use it to keep food cold, too.)
You guys should know by now that I love to grill. I pull that grill out as soon as I can in the spring (sometimes late winter), and I wait until the last possible moment to put it away in the fall. I’ve got all sorts of grillware and grill tools, and I truthfully love Wilton Armetale’s Gourmet Grillware. The stuff is incredible! It’s grill, stovetop, oven and freezer safe…and it won’t rust or tarnish. If you enjoy grilling as much as I do (or you know someone who does), then click over and check out their lineup. (They also have a variety of collegiate grillware and serveware that’s ideal for tailgating. Check out this Cajun Grilled Shrimp that I made last fall using a piece of their LSU serveware!)
But back to these delicious Chicken Souvlaki Skewers. I alternated the chicken with sliced zucchini. You could use all sorts of other veggies here, but we love grilling zucchini in the summer. While I could have eaten the chicken and zucchini by itself, the real star of these Chicken Souvlaki Skewers is the tzatziki dipping sauce. Chicken souvlaki without tzatziki is just grilled chicken. Delicious grilled chicken, mind you. But still just grilled chicken. This is my go-to tzatziki sauce, and my wife swears that she could eat it with a spoon. I haven’t challenged her on this yet, but I have zero doubt that she could. It’s a quick and easy sauce to make, and (like most sauces) it tastes better after it sits for a couple of hours. Enjoy!
So how do you think that $10 bill ended up in my front yard? Pirates…ninjas…ghosts? More importantly, what should I do with my lucky windfall?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wilton Armetale, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own.