Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki

  • 20MINS
  • 20MINS
  • 343KCAL

This Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki is the perfect slimming friendly fakeaway for anyone counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories343
  • Carbs12g
  • Protein29g
  • Fat3g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars2g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Sometimes on the weekend, we’d occasionally have a chicken kebab, but not anymore. This Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki is a million times nicer!

We don’t tend to have a “treat night” anymore, and instead we’ll cook something interesting that feels like a “treat” – hence our obsession with recreating take away recipes and turning them into slimming “fakeaways”!

This Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki is super low on calories and Points and we think it tastes even better than something you’d pick up from the takeaway – it’s really worth that extra little bit of effort!

What diets is this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki suitable for?

The Chicken Souvlaki in this recipe is suitable for gluten free and dairy free diets.

The Tzatziki is also suitable for gluten free diets and can be made suitable for dairy free diets by swapping the following ingredients for dairy free versions;

  • Fat free natural yoghurt

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki?

  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 0 Points per portion of this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 0 Points per portion of this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

What do I need to cook this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki?

You’ll need a good quality jar with a tight lid to store the rest of the Souvlaki seasoning mix in, and you’ll be able to pick up some bamboo skewers from any supermarket – they’ll be on offer soon as BBQ season starts!

Our cast iron griddle pan has to be the most used pan in our kitchen. It’s the best pan to cook meat in, and it holds the heat SO well! It also means that you’ll get those fantastic griddle marks which make your food taste amazing.

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How many calories are in this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki?

There are only 343 calories in each portion of this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki which means falls into our Everyday Light category.

This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Souvlaki seasoning mix

Step 1

Mix all of the ingredients together and place in a glass jar – preferably one with a tight lid.

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Souvlaki chicken

Step 1

Cut the chicken breasts into chunks about the size and thickness of a chicken nugget. Place into a non-reactive bowl.

Step 2

Add the lemon juice and mix well so all of the pieces are coated.

Step 3

Add 2 tbsp of the Souvlaki Seasoning Mix and mix well. Cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

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Step 4

Preheat an oven to 200°C.

Step 5

Slide your chicken pieces onto the skewers and then spray them liberally with low calorie cooking spray.

Step 6

Heat a cast iron griddle pan (or mist a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and heat, if you don’t have one). When the pan is very hot, add the chicken skewers, and cook on each side until the chicken colours.

Step 7

Once coloured on all sides, place the chicken in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

For the Tzatziki dressing

Step 1

Place all of the Tzatziki ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Season to taste.

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What could I serve with this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki?

This Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki works really well when served alongside any of the following dishes:

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How do you know when this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki is cooked?

You’ll need to cook the chicken for around 20 minutes or until it’s cooked through.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes.  This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat this dish within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can you freeze this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki?

Yes you can!  You can freeze the chicken in this recipe, but not the tzatziki.  Please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do you reheat this Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki recipe?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes or until piping hot.

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Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki

This Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki is the perfect slimming friendly fakeaway for anyone counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 343
  • Carbs 12G
WW Points
  • 3 Green
  • 0 Blue
  • 0 Purple

Ingredients

Souvlaki seasoning mix

  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Souvlaki chicken

  • 2 tbsp Souvlaki seasoning mix
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon juice of
  • skewers
  • low calorie cooking spray

Tzatziki

  • 160 g fat free natural yoghurt
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mint sauce
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

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Instructions

Souvlaki seasoning mix
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together and place in a glass jar - preferably one with a tight lid.
Souvlaki chicken
  1. Cut the chicken breasts into chunks about the size and thickness of a chicken nugget. Place into a non-reactive bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice and mix well so that all of the pieces are coated.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of the Souvlaki Seasoning Mix and mix well. Cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat an oven to 200°C.
  5. Slide your chicken pieces onto the skewers and then spray them liberally with low calorie cooking spray.
  6. Heat a cast iron griddle pan (or mist a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and heat, if you don't have one). When the pan is very hot, add the chicken skewers and cook on each side until the chicken colours.
  7. Once coloured on all sides, place the chicken in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
Tzatziki dressing
  1. Place all of the Tzatziki ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Season to taste.

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36 comments

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Carolyn ScraftonWednesday 19th August 2020

Made this for the second time tonight. It was a big hit. Served with salad and some mini wraps. Will definitely make this again.

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    SharonThursday 20th August 2020

    Hi Carolyn, we’re so pleased to hear you are enjoying this recipe so much! Thanks for letting us know.

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AimeeMonday 3rd February 2020

Oh my goodness I made this tonight, I’ve never had a bad recipe from PON but this is exceptional!!!!!! I put it in skinny wraps with red onion, rocket and reduced fat feta. Can’t wait to make this a regular meal at home!

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    Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 8th May 2020

    Hi Aimee, so glad you thought this recipe was exceptional! Thankyou so much for letting us know and hope you enjoy making it again.

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Sophia MMonday 13th May 2019

Made this tonight. Prepared last night so sat in the fridge marinading for about 10 hours.
Was late home so just dry fried in a pan. Turned out great. Big hit.
Served with a ww wrap and salad.

Will be making again for sure!

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Steph BeasleyTuesday 22nd January 2019

Could you use this with lamb??

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HelenTuesday 26th June 2018

Would this cook in the oven like the chicken kebab?

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EmmaMonday 19th March 2018

Would this work with pork instead of chicken?

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Deborah KennedyFriday 1st September 2017

Tried this tonight and I really enjoyed it. This will be a firm favourite with myself and family. Totally stuffed now ????

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Deborah,

    So glad you enjoyed it ????

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Amanda owenThursday 3rd August 2017

I made this at the weekend a real winner with hubby will definitely make it again so easy I marinated the chicken in the morning and left it in the fridge to chill to use later I had it with cous cous and lots of roasted vegetables and of course the sauce which complements it well

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Amanda,

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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AmandaSaturday 29th July 2017

Isn’t tzatziki meant to have cucumber?

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Rosie wassallMonday 24th July 2017

Delicious! I had couscous and salad with this, had no skewers so just cooked on a tray in the oven, also had no oregano so used marjoram, simple to make I prepared the spice mix and chicken in the morning

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Rosie,

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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CatherineTuesday 23rd May 2017

I did this for my husband in an attempt to stop us getting a ‘proper’ takeaway chicken kebab. It was fab! I marinated the chicken overnight and used an aldi greek style fat free lemon yoghurt rather than the yog/ lemon juice combo. cooked it on the griddle pan and had sw style roasted potatoes/ sw chips and salad.
AWESOME!!!

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Charlie aylingFriday 19th May 2017

I made this for me and my boyfriend and we both LOVED it! Just like being in Cyprus ???? X

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StaceyFriday 28th April 2017

WoW just WoW….. DELICIOUS…. we had this with baked potato (for the hub) and sweet baked potato (for me)… very filling, very tasty, will def. have this again… use all your recipes and love every one but this is in my top 5!!!!! Thanks Pinch of…. xx

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    KateWednesday 3rd May 2017

    Hi Stacey
    Glad you like it! We’ve found this a great alternative to a takeaway kebab at the weekend 🙂

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JoSunday 2nd April 2017

Made these last night and they are lovely. The tzatziki was lovely and fresh.

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Lara TThursday 23rd March 2017

Made these last night. They were fantastic, such a great change from our normal chicken recipes.quite spicy as i let the chicken marinate for about 6 hours, so definitely needed the sw tzatziki to dip then chicken in!

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    KateThursday 23rd March 2017

    Hi Lara
    Yes, they do get spicier the longer you let them marinate! Glad you like them

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BeckyFriday 17th March 2017

Amazing!!!!

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    KateFriday 17th March 2017

    Hi Becky
    We think so too 🙂

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JulieMonday 13th March 2017

OMG! This recipe is amazing! Looking forward to putting these on the BBQ this summer x

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Jackie KeoghSaturday 11th March 2017

Another fab recipe. So easy to prepare yet so tasty. Definitely a go to recipe.

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    KateWednesday 15th March 2017

    Hi Jackie
    Glad you like it! 🙂

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Anne marieSaturday 11th March 2017

Amazing recipe. Loved it and easy to make.

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    KateWednesday 15th March 2017

    Hi Anne Marie
    Glad you like it!

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Sue WilliamsSaturday 11th March 2017

Thanks Kate. We’ve been to the 4 major supermarkets in and around the same small town you’re from – lol – and not found it, only the Colemans Classic version. Never mind, dried is in the cupboard, so will be in the yoghurt soon! Can’t wait to try this dish.

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Sue WilliamsSaturday 11th March 2017

Hi. Looking forward to having this tonight but can’t find the colemans concentrate. Where did you get it from?

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    KateSaturday 11th March 2017

    Hi Sue
    We got ours from Sainsburys, but I think I’ve seen it in Asda too. If you can’t get hold of it you could make your own using dried or fresh chopped mint with a little sweetener, a drizzle of boiling water and some white wine vinegar

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LyndaThursday 9th March 2017

I’m feeling pretty conflicted about this one. The tzatziki is so simple to make and absolutely delicious. The chicken is cooked perfectly following the times. However the seasoning is off for my taste. Not sure what it is – possibly too much of the oregano or thyme – but it was too overpowering on the chicken. On the plus side, it’s made me see how easy it is to do chicken skewers and i’ll definitely be making them again but will look for alternative seasoning options, or at least tinkering with this mix.

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Teresa RennieWednesday 8th March 2017

This recipe is amazing and a big hit with the kids. Can’t wait for summer so I can get these on the BBQ. Yum yum

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Sharon springerTuesday 7th March 2017

I made this recipe today for my dinner it was Epic, I’m 69 weeks into SW 6st 5lb down and starting to struggle with meal planning when I saw this recipe I got excited to try it and it did not disappoint, I’m full and still sitting here telling everyone how amazing my dinner was. I’m making it for taster night this week it’s so inspiring Thank you xxx

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    KateFriday 10th March 2017

    Hi Sharon
    Glad you liked it! It’s now become one of our favourite weekend ‘treats’

    Reply

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