Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chicken Souvlaki Dip


If you love Greek Souvlaki, this dip is for you!! Ever wanted a nice bite of chicken Souvlaki with tzatziki sauce to go on forever?


Now you have it, in a dip!!  This is a very easy dip to prepare with the end results leaving you "cheering" that it is so good, and have other's CHEERING YOU!!!
Well in all honestly, they will keep eating the dip and just ignore you and your mournful eye looks of "how is it, is it good"?  Yes, they will ignore you my friends, and keep eating the dip.  By the end of the function you are serving it to, you will have an empty bowl! 
If that alone is not the best compliment ever!!!  By the way, does anyone have a solution to having male guests compliment and not just devour all brought out food, and also play monkey in the middle with the hostess? Now I'm totally serious. Anyone? 
Oh well, I guess I will be dealing with "tall guy #1 & tall guy#2" for years to come!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Chicken Souvlaki
3 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts (or 2 large) cubed
1/3 cup fresh parsley chopped fine
1-1/2 tbsp dried marjoram or oregano (or 1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs)
1 tsp dried thyme, or 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice (I used bottle in this recipe)
2 tsp. Course sea or kosher salt
1/2 tsp. Black pepper
4 garlic cloves crushed


*In a ziplock bag add all your marinade ingredients, add your cubed chicken, using your fingers, manipulate marinade to make sure all chicken pieces are coated, seal and place in fridge for 2-4 hours.

At this point, you can grill or bake your chicken pieces and make the best Souvlaki on a skewer, or as seen below in a pita ever!!  You will be the talk of the town I say...



Tzatziki Sauce
2 cups sour cream (I used Fat Free for this part)
2-3 cloves garlic crushed
2-3 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp vegetable oil (I used canola)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated - placed in a small sieve to drain
*use your silver bullet or mini chopper for this part, easier and works better*
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
salt & pepper to taste

*Optional additional ingredients*
2 green onions chopped fine
2-3 tbsp regular sour cream



Place all your ingredients in the ziplock bag and place in fridge



Make your tzatziki sauce (using a big bowl for later use, why dirty another bowl I say ;-) ) cover with plastic wrap, set in fridge to chill.



Using a small baking pan add your chicken cubes and all the marinade.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a 350F oven for 20-25 minutes.  Carefully remove pan from oven. Uncover, and pour all marinade juice into a microwave safe container. Place chicken back in oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes.  Meanwhile, microwave marinade juice for 3 minutes to make sure the broth is fully cooked.  Set aside.

Remove chicken from oven.  In a food processor, add all the chicken cubes and a drizzle of the marinade broth.  Pulse on low till chicken starts to break down.  Add the rest of the marinade broth, pulsing till chicken is "pureed". 

Remove from processor and add pureed chicken to the tzatziki sauce, mix well.  You can now add the diced green onions, and additional sour cream if desired.



Our favorite is pita wedges and pumpernickel.
Love the crudites as well...


Enjoy!!
Dishin with Didi

6 comments :

  1. OMG!!!! This sounds DELICIOUS...and easy!!! My 2 favorite things! I love your blog design! Great colors, photos, layout and name! I'm so glad to see you blogging! I hope you'll post everyday! =)

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  2. Thank you Lillian, it's a work in progress... I have some amazing mentors that are helping me!!!

    Meanwhile, the dip is OUTTA THIS WORLD!!!! Better even the next day!! It makes alot!! I have almost 3/4 of it in the fridge, marrying and will serve with Doreen's easy artisan bread tomorrow for appetizers, my traditional moussaka for dinner wiht salad and Susan Hunter's Brownie Torte... I just printed out the recipe, Lillian, I DROOLED!!!

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  3. DIDI!!!!!!!! I found you!!!!!!!!!!
    I did not know you made this blog and I am soooooooooo excited!! I miss "talking" to you on comments! This dip looks amazing - cant wait to try it for the superbowl!!!!!!!!! You go Girl!!!!!!!

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  4. Michelle my sweetheart!! How you been? How you been?

    I just linked you!!

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  5. OMGoodness!! Im going to have to think about this one.. long & hard.. I really want some of this... ♥

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    1. LOL, so easy Kim, as you can see!! It will stay nicely in the fridge for a few days too... think celery and this every time you open the fridge :)

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