Greek Chicken Skewers with Avocado Tzatziki

by aimee @ shugarysweets on June 12, 2013

June is National Dairy Month and I’m teaming up with the American Dairy Association (MidEast) to bring you this delicious dairy inspired dinner!

Grilled Greek Chicken on skewers with an Avocado Tzatziki dipping sauce. This is a must try, easy dinner recipe!

Remember last month when I shared my Guacamole recipe with you? And I told you about my love for avocados? Well, when I was asked to create a recipe using Greek Yogurt I knew exactly what I wanted to try!

I love Greek food. However, I should say in advance, this is NOT authentic. This is my all American version of Greek chicken with tzatziki sauce. And obviously, it’s not traditional tzatziki because I replaced the cucumbers with avocado.

Wise decision, I must say! The sauce is so thick and creamy! I love using Greek yogurt in my baking, but I also love adding it to our dinner recipes! It’s so good for you!

I know. Me, Shugary Sweets, sharing a “good for you” recipe!

Grilled Greek Chicken on skewers with an Avocado Tzatziki dipping sauce. This is a must try, easy dinner recipe!

This dinner is also very easy to make. I added the avocado, greek yogurt and lemon juice in my blender (you can also use a food processor, or even a mixer). Blend until creamy and no chunks remain. Add in your seasoning and pour the sauce into a bowl and let it set up in your refrigerator while you make the chicken. This gives the flavors time to mingle. You can certainly make it in the morning too!

For the chicken, I used a pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. BIG FAT ONES. You can also use tenders if you prefer. I sliced my chicken breasts lengthwise, in thin strips. I tossed them in a ziploc bag with the seasonings, shook it up real good until the coating was pretty evenly distributed. Take each slice of chicken and place it on a skewer, by threading it every inch. I then put all my skewers in a grill pan that was preheated with some olive oil and cooked them. You could also place them on your grill. Or leave the skewers behind and just cook up the sliced chicken. Or keep your chicken breasts whole and grill them that way (although you get less seasoning per bite)! So many options!

Grilled Greek Chicken on skewers with an Avocado Tzatziki dipping sauce. This is a must try, easy dinner recipe!

No matter how you prepare the chicken, just make sure you include the dip! It’s the star of the show!

Did you know the American Dairy Association (MidEast) is having a Pinterest contest right now? Click HERE to see how you can win a $200 grocery gift card!

As you get ready for summer, keep in mind that Dairy- cheese, yogurt, and milk- are all core components of a healthy lifestyle! You don’t have to tell me twice to eat my ice cream every day!

Okay, seriously though, what are you going to eat to celebrate National Dairy Month?

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Greek Chicken Skewers with Avocado Tzatziki

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

    For the Chicken:
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (or tenders) sliced thin, lengthwise
  • 1 Tbsp greek seasoning mix
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • For the Tzatziki:
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 cranks fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 drops tabasco sauce
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp greek seasoning mix

Instructions

  1. In a blender (or food processor), add avocado, greek yogurt and lemon juice for tzatziki sauce. Process until smooth. Add remaining sauce ingredients and combine. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate (covered) until ready to eat.
  2. For the chicken, slice chicken breasts lengthwise into thin strips. Place in a large ziploc bag. Add seasonings and shake until evenly coated.
  3. Using a bamboo skewer, thread strips of chicken onto skewer. Cook on grill or use a grill pan on the stove top over medium high heat. Add olive oil and add chicken. Cook about 4 minutes per side, remove when completely cooked.
  4. Serve hot chicken skewers with avocado tzatziki sauce. ENJOY.
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Here are a few of my favorite Dairy recipes! Be sure to click over to each recipe and pin from there!

Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese: this recipe just screams EAT ME!

Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese: comfort food that kids and grownups will LOVE #macandcheese @shugarysweets

Lemon Chia Coffee cake: Not only is this coffee cake filled with HEALTHY chia seeds, but the vanilla yogurt gives it a moist texture!

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Another delicious recipe using yogurt to add a moist crumb: Orange Bread

orangebread

Beef Pitas with Tzatziki sauce: one of my favorite dinner recipes. Ever.

beefpitas

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Eva @ Eva Bakes June 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Our city just held their annual Greek Festival, and I am still hungry for gyros and other Greek food. This looks like a wonderful version of souvlaki and will hopefully hold me over until next year!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

Oh I love gyros! When I was pregnant with my first child I ate them twice a week. Still love them 17 years later :)
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Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry June 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm

These Greek chicken skewers look mighty tasty! and a simple quick dinner.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

Thanks Nicole!! Ready in 30 minutes is my kind of meal!
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MBC @ Makeshift Margaritas June 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Avocado Tzatziki? I think I’m in heaven! Drooling.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

I know. I don’t even know if you can call it tzatziki since there are no cucumbers…but oh well!!
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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I want to put that dip on everything!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

It’s pretty good with Pretzel Crisps too, in case you’re wondering :)
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Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic June 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Brilliant! And tasty! I have heard of cutting guac with Greek yogurt but never the other way around. I LOVE this idea and might just have to fire up the grill (or, um, grill pan) and try this out this week….
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

You can totally grill them too, we have a birds nest in our grill right now, ugh!!!
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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm

What flavorful chicken! I love how juicy it looks!

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

Thanks Jocelyn!!
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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm

You had me at avocado tzatziki! Totally amazing. These are so happening on my grill!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

Thanks Georgia, let me know if you try it! I’d be happy to be a dinner guest ;)
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Marcie June 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I’m Greek, but I’m not off the boat, so Americanized Greek is fine with me.

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

Haha! So glad it’s Greek-approved ;)
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heather whitbread June 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I love the idea of a tzatziki without cucumber! I can’t eat cucumber without digestive troubles and I love avocado! Thank you! I will have to try this very soon!

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

Let me know if you do! It’s a delicious twist :)
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Meg @ Sweet Twist June 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

You had me at the Tzatziki sauce… using avocado sounds awesome.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:39 am

Thanks Meg. I could eat tzatziki by the spoonful.
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Meg @ Sweet Twist June 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

You had me at the Tzatziki sauce… using avocado sounds awesome.
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Katie June 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

You have combined my favorites…tzatziki and avocado. This MUST be amazing!?
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

Yep, it is amazing!! Thanks for stopping by Katie!
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Michele June 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

LOVE avocados! This is a nice summery recipe.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

Thanks Michele, let me know if you try it!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life June 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I’m loving the chicken skewers and this awesome yogurt dip. Avocados are definitely one of my favorites to add to everything!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

Thanks girl!! It was such an easy dinner…not that you know about making dinner, haha!!
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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork June 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Chicken skewers and that dip look so good! I wish I had that for dinner!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

I wish I had it again today too!!! Thanks for stopping by Meghan!
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Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen June 13, 2013 at 7:11 am

Oh this is something that is timely! I am trying to lose weight lately.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

Then you must try this healthy dinner! It’s quite filling too!
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Lou Vaughn June 13, 2013 at 7:44 am

The Beef Pitas look so good!

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:47 am

Thanks Lou! They were delicious!
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Lou Vaughn June 13, 2013 at 7:45 am

The Beef Pitas looks really good!

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Mrs. Herb June 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

Oh. My. Gosh. I loooove tzatziki! AND I love avacadoes (and guacamole) so I imagine that this is just….perfection. On a skewer.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

Yep pretty much. Wait, is that conceited? It was delicious, just sayin :)
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Nancy D. June 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Where do you get Greek Seasoning Mix? I’ve never heard of it….regular grocery store with the herbs & spices?

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 14, 2013 at 7:00 am

Hi Nancy,
Yes, you can find the seasoning mix with the other “blends”. McCormick’s makes one, but my grocery store also sells their own version too! Good luck!
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Gloria @ Simply Gloria June 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Aimee, I’m actually using your Guacamole recipe for dinner tonight…with fajitas. But now I’m thinking I want to make the chicken to go with it instead of the beef (I’ve already got on the grill, darn it).
Pinning this recipe for later though! (=
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 14, 2013 at 7:01 am

Hope you enjoyed the guac! I love beef fajitas!
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nessa June 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Everything about this is delicious!

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Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life June 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Delish! I have got to try this!
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Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations June 14, 2013 at 1:21 am

Mmm…I love tzatziki. I think its the perfect addition to summer BBQs. I absolutely have to try your avocado version this season
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Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen June 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

Oh Amy these skewers look delish! I love the avocado sauce!
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Sues June 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

Avocado tzatziki looks like perfection!! It was sooo nice meeting you this weekend!! :)
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Deborah June 15, 2013 at 10:42 am

I love this – especially the avocado tzatziki!
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carrian June 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I love the avocado!
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Jess @ OnSugarMountain June 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

Hey I’ll take avocados over cucumbers in my tzatziki any day ;) Aimee these look freaking delicious and I LOVE the use of greek yogurt. I think I need to pick up a giant container at the store now heehee.
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Anonymous June 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Are the measurements correct on this?? Made the sauce admit was so salty I couldn’t eat it! Great idea but maybe less salt??

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm

It shouldn’t be too salty! Did you use garlic powder or garlic salt? Also, I used Kosher salt, which is a little coarser than table salt.
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Heather @ French Press June 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

suddenly I am starving Aimee…what a GREAT recipe
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Nutmeg Nanny June 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

This looks fantastic! I love greek chicken, and this sauce is to die for!

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Elle August 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Could you tell me what the Greek seasoning is? Is this an actual mix at the grocery store? Thanks!

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

It’s an actual seasoning mix at the grocery store. Several brands have their own variety!

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Aurelia September 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Another awesome sounding recipe that I’ll definitely be making! I love tzatziki, and I love avocados, so this is win-win :D

And I’m now following your blog :)

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aimee @ shugarysweets September 23, 2013 at 7:45 am

Glad I could rope you in! Thanks for following and enjoy the recipes :)

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OhMissJamie February 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm

HOLY MOLEY! The avocado sauce sounded delicious but I just tried it and GOOD GRIEF it was so salty I thought I was going to die! This just can’t be right! I’m wondering if maybe the greek seasoning I was using contains a lot of salt, or maybe I accidentally grabbed the garlic SALT instead of the garlic POWDER? Did anyone else find this deathly salty or did I make a mistake! haha!! Thanks for the recipe Aimee! I’m sure it was me. My motto is “try any recipe twice, you might have goofed it up the first time!” Haha!

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aimee @ shugarysweets February 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Hmm, definitely shouldn’t be salty. Did you use kosher salt (or table salt)? And yeah, garlic salt vs powder could make a difference. I’m so sorry (love your motto though)!!

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OhMissJamie February 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Ok I went and checked: I definitely used garlic POWDER (not garlic salt) so that wasn’t’ it. I did use regular salt rather than kosher, I didn’t realize that could make a difference! Is kosher salt less salty? Who knew! Buuuut, I found the culprit: It was the Greek seasoning I used! “Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning” (it’s what my Safeway had, which I went and bought JUST for trying this recipe!) I read the label, the first ingredient is salt. AND listen to this madness: 1/4 teaspoon (ONE QUARTER TEASPOON!!) contains 241 mg of salt, or 10% of your daily recommendation… I used TWO TABLEspoons in this recipe (recipe was doubled) so that, plus the one teaspoon of table salt is what really jammed the gears, I think. I used this sauce instead of traditional tzatziki for my first try making falafel last night. Now you can see why I thought I was to dry out after one bite! haha! I found a recipe for making one’s own greek seasoning mix and I think I’ll try that for next time. Thanks for responding, I love your website! So many fun things to try!

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