Easy and quick to make. This Greek Inspired Chicken Skewer is served with spiced brown rice pilaf and Tzatziki sauce.

chicken skewer

Greece was probably one of my favorite places that I have visited so far. The culture, the scenery, its people and the food are just incredible.

When it comes to food, Greece has some of the most fresh tasting and delicious food on the planet, and it all starts with the ingredients, and I am talking about the basic ingredients like pepper, onion and watermelon. Yes, it really just tastes that much better than what we get here in the US. From my perspective, this dish is like the “caesar salad” or “hamburger” of our country to them because this dish is widely available and can almost be found throughout all of the restaurants in Greece.( at least the Greek restaurants)

Before we get started, I just want to let you know a few things:

DISCLAIMER ALERT! All of my posts are not intended to treat or override the decision to see your personal doctor or physician. I strongly advise everyone to discuss any serious condition or to your medical health provider. Everything I say and write are all based on personal experience and through reading materials provided by medical professionals. I believe everyone’s body is unique and there’s no one miracle diet or medicine for everyone! I am here only to provide and share knowledge I have learned from the general holistic wellness point of view. All of the information and recipes that I am providing are safe for majority of people. All of the information listed can be found through the reference
WHAT I WANT TO TELL YOU:

So, I have mixed feelings about sharing this dish. Its very delicious (without a doubt) and very easy to make, but I do have few concerns that I just want you to know.

As I have mentioned earlier in the post, almost all of the vegetables are grown in someone’s backyard or on a small farm and this is also the case with their meat. (you often drive pass them on the road!)Their animals are not treated with antibiotics or hormone shots to make the breast size bigger. This means less chemical and toxins being released into our body as we consume it.

And why am I conflicted about sharing this dish? because for the reason above, but also in recent years, there are researches out there about how chicken is actually not as healthy as we think and it may even increase our chance of getting a heart disease.

Did you know that chicken has the same effects on cholesterol as red meat?( If you want to know more about meat production or how it effects your body, feel free to check out The China Study by Dr. Campbell and Eat Right 4 Your Type by Dr. D’Adamo, where he listed foods that we should and should not eat based on our blood type. And yes, you may have guessed, I happen to be the blood type that should not consume chicken and from first hand experience, it does make me gain weight/ bloat as soon as I eat it.)

SO WHAT DO I SUGGEST?

Since everyone’s body is different, I can only advise you to do the research yourself, watch and observe your own body’s reaction and decide if this is the right dish or choice for you base on your current situation. But here are some of my suggestions.

  • Read books and do the research yourself and decide if chicken is something you want and can eat. (Personally, my body is VERY reactive to it and you might be too but just never noticed it!)
  • For non-vegan who can eat chicken but is watching their health, I suggest consuming this dish only occasionally. (Chicken has the same effect on cholesterol as red meat.)
  • If you are very reactive to chicken (bloating, weight gain, sluggish feeling), but cannot give it up, then try cutting the intake amount back to only 1-2 times a week and try to eat it without frying or with a lot of other sauces (like bbq sauce or buffalo sauce.)
  • For vegans, try it with tempeh, tofu, setan or just load the skewer with only vegetables!

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Greek Inspired Chicken Skewer (GF)

Easy and quick to make. This Greek Inspired Chicken Skewer is served with spiced brown rice pilaf and Tzatziki sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Keyword Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Yu-Hua Golnick

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 each lemon juice from lemon
  • 1/4 tsp dried or fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme or fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Chicken and Vegetables

  • 4 chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 yellow or red onion, cut into chunks

Instructions

Marinate

  • Combine all of the ingredients together and whisk.

Chicken and Vegetables

  • Cut all of the chicken and vegetables into chunks.
  • Combine with marinade and set to rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • If using wooden skewer, pre soak them for a few hours. Skew the chicken and vegetables.
  • Preheat grill to about 400°F and grill for about 8 minutes on each side before rotating.
  • Serve hot with tzatziki sauce and spiced brown rice.