Marry Me Chickpeas

close up on a wooden spoon stirring a batch of Marry Me Chickpeas in a large skillet.This one-pan Marry Me Chickpeas recipe puts a vegan twist on the viral comfort food, Marry Me Chicken! Get ready to fall in love with this indulgent 15-minute meal. For more easy ways to use the canned chickpeas in your cupboard, check out my Chickpea Salad Sandwich, Italian Chickpea Soup, Chickpea Burger, and Biscuit Topped…

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This one-pan Marry Me Chickpeas recipe puts a vegan twist on the viral comfort food, Marry Me Chicken! Get ready to fall in love with this indulgent 15-minute meal.

For more easy ways to use the canned chickpeas in your cupboard, check out my Chickpea Salad Sandwich, Italian Chickpea Soup, Chickpea Burger, and Biscuit Topped Chickpea Pot Pie recipes!

a wooden spoon stirring a batch of Marry Me Chickpeas in a large skillet.

The viral Marry Me Chicken recipe is no match for my vegan-friendly Marry Me Chickpeas. It’s as creamy, indulgent, and family-friendly as the original, but made without dairy or meat!

What’s better is that this one-pan meal is totally foolproof. Just simmer the protein-packed chickpeas in the dreamy Tuscan sun dried tomato cream sauce for 15 minutes, then enjoy it for family dinners or date nights at home. Don’t forget the hunks of crusty bread for scooping up every luxurious bite!

Why you’ll love this easy plant based recipe

  • Rich Tuscan-inspired flavors – Like my Tuscan Vegan Gnocchi, vegan marry me chickpeas feature incredible Italian-inspired flavors that will keep you going back for more.
  • Packed with protein – Two cans of chickpeas pack this dish with about 30 grams of plant-based protein!
  • An easy one-pan meal – The everyday ingredients in this dish are cooked together in one pan in just 15 minutes.
a piece of bread dunked in a bowl of Marry Me Chickpeas.

How to make marry me chickpeas

Find the complete recipe with measurements in the recipe card below.

Warm the olive oil in a large pan over low-medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and sauté until fragrant. Stir in the sun dried tomatoes, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and ground black pepper.

Add the chickpeas, vegetable broth, tomato paste, vegan cream, and spinach to the pan. Simmer until the sauce is warmed through and the spinach is wilted.

Garnish the Tuscan chickpeas with chopped fresh basil and vegan parmesan. Scoop up every bite with crusty bread or serve it over rice, pasta, or baked sweet potatoes. Enjoy!

fresh spinach in a large pan with chickpeas and cream sauce.

Frequently asked questions

What is Marry Me Chicken?

Marry Me Chicken is a dish that combines cooked chicken with a sun dried tomato and garlic cream sauce. The original recipe is made with heavy cream and chicken breasts, but in vegan marry me chicken recipes, they’re swapped for vegan cream and canned chickpeas.

Why is it called Marry Me Chickpeas?

It’s simple: the silky smooth cashew cream sauce, Italian flavors, and hearty chickpeas in every bite are so good that you’re bound to get a marriage proposal from anyone you serve it to!

What can I use instead of chickpeas?

Canned cannellini beans or another white bean will work well. For a meatier dish, you can use my Vegan Chicken recipe, homemade seitan bites, or baked tofu.

My cream sauce is too thin. How can I thicken it?

I recommend making the cream sauce with cashew cream for a thick and luxurious consistency. While store-bought vegan cream (I love Ripple’s dairy free half and half) or coconut milk also work, they’ll make the sauce slightly thinner. To help thicken it, stir a cornstarch slurry (made by mixing 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl) into the sauce at the end and gently simmer until it thickens.

How do you store the leftovers?

The leftovers will keep for up to 5 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy them for quick and easy meals or meal prep throughout the week! To reheat, zap the chickpeas and sauce in the microwave or warm them in a saucepan on the stove until heated through.

using a piece of bread to scoop up a bite of Marry Me Chickpeas from a skillet.
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Marry Me Chickpeas

This one-pan Marry Me Chickpeas recipe puts a vegan twist on the viral comfort food, Marry Me Chicken! Get ready to fall in love with this indulgent 15-minute meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian-inspired
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 294kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • (2) 15-ounce cans chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup vegan cream See Notes
  • 2 cups baby spinach sliced
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • optional: 1/2 cup grated vegan parmesan cheese I used Violife

Instructions

  • In a large sauté pan over low-medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant.
  • Stir in the sun dried tomatoes, oregano, red chili flakes, salt and black pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Now add the chickpeas, broth, tomato paste, cream and spinach and stir well. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes, until warm and the spinach has wilted. Taste; add more salt, pepper or red pepper flakes as desired.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the fresh basil and grated parmesan. Serve immediately with crusty bread for dipping, or on to of cooked rice, pasta or even a baked sweet potato. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. For vegan marry me chicken, try substituting the chickpeas for any vegan chicken you like, including my homemade seitan chicken. Or make my crispy baked tofu and use that instead.
  2. For the cream, you can use any store bought dairy free creamer (I love Ripple’s Half and Half), full fat coconut milk, another unsweetened plant milk or best of all, homemade cashew cream.
  3. To make cashew cream for the cream – Bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil (I use my tea kettle). Pour the hot water over ¾ cup raw cashews and let soak for 5 minutes or up to an hour. Drain the cashews and add to a high powered blender with 1 cup of fresh water and blend until creamy and smooth.
  4. If you use a store bought cream or coconut milk, you may want to thicken the chickpeas as the sauce won’t be as thick. To do this, mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water in a bowl, then stir it into the chickpea mixture at the end. It should thicken up nicely.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 6 servings | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 690mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1231IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 5mg

Air Fryer Chicken Burrito Bowl

A copycat chipotle chicken burrito bowl.This air fryer chicken burrito bowl packs all of the goodness of a traditional burrito into one simple bowl. Ready…

A copycat chipotle chicken burrito bowl.

This air fryer chicken burrito bowl packs all of the goodness of a traditional burrito into one simple bowl. Ready in nearly no time, and perfect for meal prep, you’re going to want to put this recipe on repeat!

A copycat chipotle chicken burrito bowl with a fork on top.

What is an Air Fryer Chicken Burrito Bowl?

This air fryer chicken burrito bowl is a favorite in our homes! It’s basically just all of the best parts of a burrito served up in one bowl of deliciousness. Plus, the beauty of this dish is that you get all the flavors and textures of a classic burrito, but since you’re using an air fryer, you get irresistibly crispy chicken, too.

For this bowl, we combine tender chunks of smoky and spicy air-fried chicken over a bed of fluffy rice, creamy black beans, crunchy lettuce, creamy avocado, and zesty salsa. It’s quick, easy, and customizable — what could be better than that, right?

Ingredients You Need

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs – These chicken thighs are the real MVPs of our burrito bowl! They’re juicy and tender, and deliver all the protein you need to feel satisfied.
  • Kosher salt – Just a pinch of kosher salt brings out the bold flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Black pepper – We use this to add a subtle kick to our chicken.
  • Garlic cloves – These minced garlic cloves turn up the flavor volume with their irresistible garlicky goodness. Feel free to measure with your heart!
  • Chipotle in adobo sauce – Chipotle in adobo sauce adds smoky spiciness.
  • Ancho chile powder – Ancho chile powder is like a flavor bomb in powdered form — it also adds a touch of smoky goodness to the chicken.
  • Ground cumin – Cumin gives the chicken an irresistible warm, earthy flavor.
  • Dried oregano – Oregano brings herbaceous flavor to the table in this dish. 
  • Olive oil – Not only does the olive oil help to coat the chicken with the seasonings, but it also keeps the chicken moist.
  • Lime juice – Fresh lime juice gives the chicken a zesty, citrusy kick that balances out the other rich flavors. 
  • Rice – Rice is the foundation of our burrito bowl. It soaks up all the savory flavors of the seasonings and also helps to keep you satisfied.
  • Black beans – These beans add a delicious creamy texture as well as an extra punch of protein.
  • Lettuce – Shredded lettuce brings a burst of freshness and color to the bowl. 
  • Avocado – Creamy avocado slices are not only super satisfying — they also add plenty of healthy fats to the bowl.
  • Salsa – We love spooning on salsa for a bright, tangy kick that perfectly complements the smoky and spicy flavors in this dish!
Cooked chipotle chicken in an air fryer.

Quick and Easy Steps to Make a Chicken Burrito Bowl

  • Prep the chicken. Place the chicken thighs in a large bowl and coat with the chipotle in adobo sauce, olive oil, and all of the seasonings. 
  • Cook the chicken. Once the air fryer is ready, put the chicken on the preheated crisper plate and air fry for the recommended time. 
  • Remove the chicken. Take the chicken out of the air fryer and immediately squeeze lime juice onto it. 
  • Serve. After the chicken has rested briefly, slice and serve over the lettuce, rice, beans, salsa, and avocado.
A homemade chipotle chicken burrito bowl with rice, black beans, cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

Variations

  • Veggies – Pack in even more nutrients with diced bell peppers, onions, or grilled corn. 
  • Meat – Switch up the type of meat that you use or choose a plant-based alternative. 
  • Dressing – Add your favorite dressing or whip up a simple vinaigrette or avocado crema. (We love the creamy chipotle dressing that we serve on our southwest salad!)
  • Beans – Swap out the black beans for a dollop of refried beans or toss in some other legumes that you like — chickpeas and lentils would both work well! 
  • Rice – Instead of regular rice, serve cauliflower rice as a low-carb alternative.

Can I Store Leftovers? 

You can definitely store the leftovers for this burrito bowl! However, we recommend storing the ingredients in separate containers. Also, if you’re storing the sliced avocado, you may want to toss it in lemon juice to prevent browning. 

To refrigerate, place the ingredients in airtight containers and store for 3-4 days. 

If you want to freeze the chicken, store it in a freezer-safe container or a resealable freezer bag for up to 3 months. 

More Chicken-Based Recipes

We’re basically in love with how chicken is a canvas for creativity in the kitchen! If you are, too, check out these other simple chicken recipes that are chock-full of flavor! 

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Creamy Mushroom Chicken

Cheddar Cheese Herb Chicken

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Air Fryer Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe

Skip the takeout, and make this healthy air fryer chicken burrito bowl recipe in less than 30 minutes instead!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes
Rest Time5 minutes
Total Time26 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken burrito bowl, chicken burrito bowl, chicken burrito bowl recipe, copycat Chipotle chicken burrito bowl
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Food Dolls

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Rice, for serving
  • Black beans, for serving
  • Shredded lettuce, for serving
  • Avocado, sliced, for serving
  • Salsa, for serving

Instructions

  • Combine the chicken thighs, salt, pepper, garlic, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chile powder, cumin, oregano, and olive oil in a bowl.
    1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, 3 garlic cloves, 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon olive oil
    Raw chicken thighs tossed with seasonings in a bowl.
  • Place the crisper plate into the COSORI air fryer basket.
  • Select the preheat function, and adjust the temperature to 385 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, tap start/pause.
  • Place the chicken thighs onto the preheated crisper plate.
    Raw chipotle chicken thighs in an air fryer.
  • Select the air fryer function, adjust the time to 16 minutes, and tap start/pause.
  • Remove the chicken when done, and squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the top. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes. Then, slice.
    1 lime, juiced
    Cooked copycat chipotle chicken in an air fryer.
  • Serve the chipotle chicken in bowls with rice, black beans, shredded lettuce, sliced avocado, and salsa.
    Rice, for serving, Black beans, for serving, Shredded lettuce, for serving, Salsa, for serving, Avocado, sliced, for serving

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 1279mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 755IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 4mg

Meal Prep Cottage Cheese Salad

Cottage cheese salad meal prep jars.Make this easy meal prep cottage cheese salad box for a nutritious, high-protein option full of refreshing flavors you’ll crave!

Cottage cheese salad meal prep jars.

If you’re a meal prep maven, you’re going to adore this simple Meal Prep Cottage Cheese Salad recipe that’s chock-full of wholesome goodness that you can eat all week. We combine creamy cottage cheese with eggs, hummus, veggies, and seasonings for a salad that is so surprisingly satisfying you’ll be rushing to the fridge for it!

Three containers with meal prep cottage cheese salad.

What is Meal Prep Cottage Cheese Salad?

For this simple salad, protein-packed cottage cheese, perfectly boiled eggs, and velvety hummus mingle with crisp, juicy tomatoes and crunchy cucumber. But wait, there’s more! We also sprinkle in some tangy, briny olives and a medley of flavorful seasonings to transport your taste buds straight to the shores of the Mediterranean.

Now, here’s the best part: this salad isn’t just tasty, it’s also a meal prep marvel! When you whip it up ahead of time and store it properly, it stays fresh and delicious for up to a week. Whether you’re rushing out the door for work and need a quick lunch, hitting the gym and want to have a post-sweat refuel ready, or simply craving a satisfying dinner, this salad has got your back.

Cottage cheese meal prep jars with eggs, hummus, pita, cottage cheese, and veggies.

Ingredients You Need

  • Cottage cheese – This is the creamy backbone of our salad, giving it a satisfying texture and packing in some protein to keep you full and fueled.
  • Roma tomato – These little guys are all about freshness and color! They bring a pop of juicy flavor to the mix, making every bite a burst of yum.
  • Persian cucumbers – Think of them as the crispy, refreshing sidekick to our creamy cottage cheese. They add a nice crunch and some extra hydration, plus they’re loaded with vitamins to keep you feeling your best.
  • Kalamata olives – These salty, briny bites are the secret weapon of flavor in our salad. They add a depth that’s hard to beat and give it that delicious Mediterranean twist.
  • Greek seasoning or Trader Joe’s Green Goddess seasoning – It’s like a magic sprinkle that takes our salad to the next level! Packed with herbs and spices, it’s all about boosting those Mediterranean vibes and making every bite sing.
  • Hard boiled eggs – These protein-packed powerhouses are here to make sure you stay satisfied. They add a little extra oomph to the salad and keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
  • Hummus – Creamy, dreamy hummus is like the cherry on top of our salad. It adds a richness that pairs perfectly with the cottage cheese, plus it’s another protein punch to keep you going strong.

How to Make Meal Prep Cottage Cheese Salad

  1. Combine. Add the cottage cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives to a meal prep container, 
  2. Store the other ingredients. Place the hard-boiled eggs and hummus in a separate small container. 
  3. Spice it up. Add the seasoning over top of the cottage cheese. 

Variations

  • More Mediterranean Flavor – Instead of (or in addition to) the usual tomato, toss in some sun-dried tomatoes for an intense burst of flavor. Then, add in artichoke hearts, bell peppers, and a sprinkle of feta cheese for that Mediterranean vibe. 
  • Southwestern – Bring a fiesta to the table with some diced avocado for that creamy goodness. Then, mix in some black beans, corn kernels, and diced red onion for that southwestern flair. Finish it off with a dollop of salsa and a squeeze of lime – trust us, it’s a party in your mouth!
  • Tropical Paradise – Dice up some sweet pineapple and mango to add juicy sweetness. Or, sprinkle in some shredded coconut and toasted macadamia nuts for crunch, and tie it all together by dressing it with a citrusy vinaigrette – it’s like sunshine in a bowl.
  • Caprese Inspired – Instead of olives, layer in some fresh basil leaves and mozzarella pearls. 
  • Asian Fusion – Swap out the usual seasoning for soy sauce and sesame oil and throw in some shredded carrots, edamame beans, and sliced green onions for that umami-packed goodness. Top it all off with sesame seeds and seaweed flakes for extra flair!
  • Spicy Tex-Mex – Add some sliced jalapeños or pickled banana peppers for a fiery kick and mix in some diced cooked chicken or ground beef seasoned with taco spices. And don’t forget the crushed tortilla chips for that satisfying crunch!

Can I Store Leftovers? 

When stored properly you can keep this salad fresh for 5-7 days! 

Refrigerate the ingredients in mason jars or airtight containers and keep them in the fridge for up to a week. Never store the dressing mixed with the salad — it will quickly become soggy! 

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Meal Prep Cottage Cheese Salad

Make this easy meal prep cottage cheese salad box for a nutritious, high-protein option full of refreshing flavors you'll crave!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cottage cheese salad, meal prep cottage cheese
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Food Dolls

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 roma tomato chopped
  • 1/3 cup persian cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning or Trader Joe's green goddess seasoning
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons hummus

Instructions

  • In a meal prep container, add cottage cheese, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, olives. On the other side add cooled hard boiled eggs, and hummus in a separate small container. Sprinkle the seasoning over the cottage cheese.
  • To serve: We love to mash the eggs into the cottage cheese and veggies, and mix in the hummus!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 391mg | Sodium: 1092mg | Potassium: 573mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1445IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 256mg | Iron: 4mg

Greek Chicken Souvlaki

A plate of chicken souvlaki skewers with naan, shirazi salad, and tzatziki.This easy Chicken Souvlaki is bursting with fresh Mediterranean vibes! Plump chicken pieces mingle with a marinade made of zesty…

A plate of chicken souvlaki skewers with naan, shirazi salad, and tzatziki.

This easy Chicken Souvlaki is bursting with fresh Mediterranean vibes! Plump chicken pieces mingle with a marinade made of zesty lemon juice, rich olive oil, and by aromatic herbs and spices before they sizzle on the grill. Get ready for everyone to be running to the table for this one!

A plate of Greek chicken souvlaki skewers with salad, naan bread, and tzatziki.

What is Chicken Souvlaki?

Chicken souvlaki is a Greek dish made with mouthwateringly tender chicken that has been soaked in a flavorful marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, and herbs like oregano, thyme, and marjoram before being skewered and grilled. Lamb, pork, or beef can be used for souvlaki as well.

 
For this recipe, we serve the chicken straight off the skewers, but you can also serve it wrapped in Greek flatbread or pita bread with veggies like grilled onions and peppers. You can even add the veggies to the skewer with the chicken! We also love it paired with a more-than-generous dollop of tangy tzatziki!

Ingredients You Need

  • Dried oregano – Oregano is basically the Mediterranean flavor champion for your chicken souvlaki. It gives the chicken its signature herby flavor.
  • Dried marjoram – Marjoram also brings herbal goodness to the table. It adds a hint of sweetness and freshness that takes your marinade to the next level.
  • Dried thyme – Using thyme is like adding a cozy blanket of flavor for your chicken. It brings in warm and earthy notes that turn your souvlaki into a hug on a plate!
  • Garlic cloves – This aromatic powerhouse is a favorite of ours, especially in this recipe! It infuses your chicken with bold and savory flavor!
  • Sea salt – Salt is your chicken’s best friend. It not only seasons the meat perfectly but also helps to tenderize it, keeping it nice and juicy.
  • Black pepper – Freshly ground black pepper adds a little kick to your marinade, giving your chicken an extra layer of flavor and a subtle heat.
  • Onion powder – Onion powder brings in that delicious onion flavor — we use onion powder instead of fresh onions to make sure there’s an even amount throughout the marinade.
  • Fresh lemon juice – Lemon juice is like a burst of sunshine in your marinade! It adds brightness and tanginess perfect complements the richness of the meat.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – Olive oil is the secret to juicy and succulent chicken souvlaki. It not only binds all the flavors together but also adds a subtle fruity and peppery note to your marinade.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts – While you can cut the chicken breasts in other shapes, we prefer cubes so that they are easy to skewer and have the most surface area to soak up the marinade. Be sure that all of the cubes are close in size so that they cook evenly.

Simple Steps to Make Chicken Souvlaki

  1. Make the marinade. Add the olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, oregano, marjoram, thyme, sea salt, black pepper, and onion powder to a large bowl and whisk to completely combine. 
  2. Marinate the chicken. Place the cubes of chicken in the marinade, ensuring they are all coated with it. 
  3. Refrigerate. Place a lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap over the top of the bowl and refrigerate. 
  4. Soak. Place wooden skewers in water for at least half an hour (metal skewers do not need to be soaked). 
  5. Skewer the chicken. Press the cubes of chicken onto the skewers. 
  6. Cook. Set the skewered chicken on a grill pan or grill grates and cook on each side until the chicken reaches the desired internal temperature. Chicken should be cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  7. Prepare to serve. Pull the chicken off of the skewers and allow them to rest briefly before serving.
Close up image of Greek chicken souvlaki over shirazi salad.

Variations

It would be an understatement to say that we are huge fans of this classic souvlaki recipe just the way it is! But, we’re also always up for experimenting in the kitchen! Here are a few ideas for how to switch up this traditional souvlaki: 

  • Herbs – Use fresh herbs instead of dried ones for a more vibrant flavor profile – try fresh oregano, marjoram, and thyme if available.
  • Garlic Alternatives – Instead of minced garlic, you can use garlic paste or roasted garlic for a milder and sweeter garlic flavor.
  • Citrus – Experiment with different citrus juices such as lime or orange in place of lemon juice for a unique tangy taste.
  • Spices – Add a pinch of smoked paprika or cayenne pepper to the marinade for a smoky or spicy kick.
  • Yogurt Marinade – Substitute part of the olive oil with plain yogurt to create a creamy marinade that tenderizes the chicken and adds a tangy note.
  • Mediterranean Spice Blend – Use a pre-made Mediterranean spice blend containing herbs like oregano, thyme, and marjoram along with spices like cumin and coriander for a convenient and flavorful marinade.
  • Veggies – Skewer the chicken with cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and zucchini for a colorful and well-balanced meal.

Can I Store Leftovers? 

If making meal prep easier is your endgame, this chicken souvlaki will be your savior! It’s super easy to make and store, meaning lunch or dinner throughout the week is made way more simple when you whip up this dish.

Refrigerate chicken souvlaki for 3-4 days in an airtight container or resealable plastic storage bag. 

Freeze chicken souvlaki for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container or resealable freezer bag. Allow the chicken to thaw overnight in the refrigerator or reheat it in the oven or microwave straight from the freezer.

More Chicken Recipes

We love that this simple protein is such a canvas for creativity! These are some of our other favorite ways to make flavorful chicken dishes everyone loves:

Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken

Whole Roasted Chicken Tikka

Greek Lemon Chicken

Creamy Mushroom Chicken

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Greek Chicken Svoulaki

This Greek chicken souvlaki recipe features plump chicken seasoned with a zesty marinade and grilled to perfection!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Marinade Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: middle eastern
Keyword: chicken souvlaki, Greek chicken souvlaki
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Food Dolls

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice from about 2 lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram fresh marjoram can also be used if available
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground is recommended
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, dried oregano, marjoram, thyme, sea salt, black pepper, and onion powder. Mix well to create the marinade.
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 8 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons dried oregano, 2 teaspoons dried marjoram, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon onion powder
    Chicken souvlaki marinade being prepared.
  • Add the chicken cubes to the marinade and toss until all the pieces are evenly coated. Cover the bowl and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. For best results, marinate overnight to allow the flavors to meld.
    2 pounds boneless
    Raw chicken pieces marinading in a bowl of souvlaki marinade.
  • If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes before grilling to prevent burning. If using metal skewers, no soaking is necessary.
  • Preheat the grill pan to medium-high heat. (This can be made on an outdoor grill)
  • Thread the marinated chicken cubes onto skewers.
    Raw marinaded souvlaki chicken being threaded on skewers.
  • Grill the chicken skewers for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is fully cooked through and has nice grill marks. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken cubes and the heat of your grill.
    Greek chicken souvlaki skewers cooking on a grill pan.
  • Once cooked, remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 617mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg