Air Fryer Greek Chicken

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Experience the flavor of Greek cuisine with this easy Air Fryer Greek Chicken recipe. Juicy, herb-infused chicken paired with creamy tzatziki, ready in under 30 minutes, makes a perfect weeknight dinner!

Suitable for gluten free and low carb diets. Weight Watchers points included.

Overhead view of Greek chicken kebabs on a white plate with tzatziki and other sides.

So, what is Souvlaki? Oh, it’s just this amaaaaazing Greek street food classic. Think juicy, marinated meat, in this case, chicken grilled to perfection on a skewer. Yum!

And here’s the scoop. This Air Fryer Chicken Souvlaki isn’t just another chicken recipe. It’s a flavorful chicken recipe. The chicken gets a zesty kick from a marinade loaded with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and a mix of herbs. This blend not only adds depth to the flavor but also ensures each bite is tender and bursting with taste.

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Close up view of skewered chicken on a white plate with tzatziki sauce over them.

Why Make This Air Fryer Greek Chicken Recipe

  • Perfect for Meal Prep – Marinate the chicken ahead, and you have a quick meal ready for busy days.
  • Customizable – Swap out herbs or add your favorite veggies to the skewers for a different meal.
  • Healthy and Flavorful – Enjoy a protein-rich, low-carb meal without sacrificing taste.
  • Family-Friendly – It’s a dish that adults and kids alike will love, making mealtime a breeze.

Ingredient Notes

For the Tzatziki:

  • Greek Yogurt – Opt for full-fat for a richer tzatziki. Low-fat works, but it’s less creamy.
  • Garlic – Fresh minced garlic adds a punch of flavor. Adjust according to your taste preference.
  • Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed lemon juice brings a bright, tangy flavor.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – Use a good quality oil for the best taste and richness in your tzatziki.
  • Dill – Fresh dill adds a herby freshness; if using dried, remember it’s more potent, so use less.
  • Salt & Black Pepper – Season to taste, but remember the flavors will meld and intensify, especially after chilling.
  • Cucumber – Grate and squeeze out water to keep tzatziki thick and not watery.
Air Fryer greek chicken tzatsiki ingredients

For The Greek Chicken:

  • Garlic – Fresh minced for a robust flavor. Adjust to taste.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed, adds zest. But bottled is okay.
  • Olive Oil – Extra-virgin for the best flavor in marinade and tzatziki.
  • Dill – Fresh for vibrant flavor, dried for convenience.
  • Chicken Thighs – Boneless, skinless chicken thighs make tender, juicy bites. You can substitute with chicken breasts if preferred.
  • Seasoning (Salt and Pepper) and Spices (Oregano, Thyme, Paprika) – Dried works great. Adjust ratios to suit your taste.
  • Skewers – Soak wooden skewers to prevent burning in the air fryer for at least 30 minutes, or use metal instead.
Air Fryer chicken thigh ingredients.

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How To Make The Tzatziki Dip

Excess liquid being squeezed out of cucumbers with a kitchen cloth.

Step 1. Place the grated cucumber in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze the excess moisture. This will prevent the tzatziki sauce from becoming watery.

Tzatziki ingredients being combined in a glass bowl.

Step 2. Combine the Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, fresh dill, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Stir well to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.

Tzatziki in a white bowl.

Step 3. Taste the tzatziki sauce and adjust the seasonings as needed. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the tzatziki sauce for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.

the finished dip being drizzled on top of the chicken

Step 4. Give the tzatziki sauce a good stir. Serve the tzatziki sauce alongside the Air Fryer Chicken Souvlaki as a delicious cooling dip.

How To Make the Chicken Kebabs

Marinade for chicken souvlaki for chicken in a mixing bowl.

Step 1. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Mix well to create the marinade.

Chicken thighs in marinade.

Step 2. Add the chicken breast cubes to the marinade and toss until they are evenly coated. Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes, or refrigerate for up to 4 hours for more flavor.

Chicken thighs being added to a metal skewer.

Step 3. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C for about 5 minutes. Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto the soaked wooden skewers.

Cooked Air Fryer Greek Chicken in the air fryer basket

Step 4. Cook the chicken in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time, until the chicken is cooked through and has a golden brown exterior.

Expert Tips

  • Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes. This infuses the flavors deeply, making each bite a flavor bomb.
  • Really wring out the grated cucumber for the tzatziki. Extra moisture can turn your sauce from fab to drab. You can also use whipped feta.
  • Don’t crowd the chicken in the air fryer. Good air circulation equals perfectly cooked souvlaki.
  • Give your cooked souvlaki a few minutes to rest before serving. This keeps the juices locked in for tender, succulent bites.
Greek chicken kebabs on a white plate with tzatziki and other sides.

Delicious Variations

  • Veggie Skewers – Thread some bell peppers, onions, or cherry tomatoes onto the skewers with the chicken for a colorful and tasty twist.
  • Spicy Souvlaki: Love a bit of heat? Add some chili flakes to the marinade for chicken souvlaki for a spicy kick.
a close up view of one of the completed chicken skewers covered in tzatziki dip

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – For deeper flavor, marinate the chicken cubes with the herby, lemony mix for up to 4 hours before air frying. Make the tzatziki in advance, too; it can store well for 3-4 days.
  • Store – Keep leftover chicken souvlaki and tzatziki separately in airtight containers in the fridge. When stored properly, enjoy it for 3-4 days. Ensure it’s cooled down to avoid moisture.
  • Freeze – Freeze the cooked chicken souvlaki in a freezer-safe bag, squeezing out thair. It’ll keep for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.
Side view of chicken thighs a white plate with tzatziki sauce over them.

FAQs

Why is my chicken rubbery in air fryer?

Rubbery chicken in the air fryer usually boils down to overcooking or too high a temperature. Make sure not to overcrowd the basket for even cooking. A good marinade can also help keep it juicy and tender.

What is the difference between souvlaki and gyros?

Souvlaki and gyros are both beloved Greek dishes, but they differ in preparation and presentation.

Souvlaki consists of small pieces of meat (often chicken, pork, lamb, or beef) that are marinated, then grilled on skewers. It’s typically served with pita bread, vegetables, and sauces like tzatziki on the side or wrapped together.

Gyros, on the other hand, involve meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, thinly sliced, and served in a pita wrap with similar accompaniments as souvlaki. The main difference lies in the cooking method and how the meat is served.

How to serve Greek Chicken?

For a classic serving, serve Greek Chicken in a warm pita with tzatziki, fresh veggies, and a sprinkle of feta.

Or, lay it over a bed of fluffy rice or alongside a crisp Greek salad for a lighter touch.

the completed tzatziki sauce being drizzled on top of the chicken

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Overhead view of Greek chicken kebabs on a white plate with tzatziki and other sides.

Serve Air Fryer Greek Chicken with:

  • Greek Potato Salad – These zesty spuds are the perfect side to your souvlaki. Their bold flavor complements the chicken beautifully.
  • Cucumber Salad – This simple yet flavorful salad adds a refreshing touch to your meal. It’s a great way to balance the hearty souvlaki.
  • Warm Pita Bread – Nothing beats scooping up, that extra tzatziki with some soft, warm pita. It’s a must for a truly authentic experience. Or add some garlic bread for an extra punch of garlic (warn your partner).
Horizontl overhead view of chicken kabobs on a white plate with tzatziki and other sides.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 9 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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  • Skewers for cooking the Greek chicken kabobs.
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Air Fryer Greek Chicken

Juicy marinated Greek chicken paired with a tzatziki dip.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

For the Tzatziki

  • 1 cup (250ml) Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (125ml) cucumber grated
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried dill)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the Souvlaki

  • pounds (680g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • skewers soaked in water for at least 30 minutes

Instructions

For the Tzatziki

  • Place the grated cucumber in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out the excess moisture. This will prevent the tzatziki sauce from becoming watery.
  • In a bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, fresh dill, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to thoroughly combine all the ingredients.
  • Taste the tzatziki sauce and adjust the seasonings as needed, adding more salt, pepper, or lemon juice to suit your taste.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate the tzatziki sauce for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Before serving, give the tzatziki sauce a good stir. If desired, garnish with an extra drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh dill.
  • Serve the tzatziki sauce alongside the Air Fryer Chicken Souvlaki as a delicious and cooling dip.

For the Chicken Souvlaki

  • In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create the marinade.
  • Add the chicken breast cubes to the marinade and toss until they are evenly coated. Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes, or refrigerate for up to 4 hours for more flavor.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C for about 5 minutes.
  • Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto the soaked wooden skewers, leaving a little space between each piece.
  • Place the chicken skewers in a single layer in the air fryer basket, without overcrowding.
  • Cook the chicken souvlaki in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time, until the chicken is cooked through and has a golden brown exterior.
  • Once cooked, remove the chicken souvlaki from the air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve with pita bread, tzatziki sauce, sliced tomatoes, onions, and any other desired accompaniments.
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Notes

  • Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes. This infuses the flavors deeply, making each bite a flavor bomb.
  • Really wring out the grated cucumber for the tzatziki. Extra moisture can turn your sauce from fab to drab. You can also use whipped feta.
  • Don’t crowd the chicken in the air fryer. Good air circulation equals perfectly cooked souvlaki.
  • Give your cooked souvlaki a few minutes to rest before serving. This keeps the juices locked in for tender, succulent bites.
  • Store  – Keep leftover chicken souvlaki and tzatziki in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. 
  • There are 9 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 734mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 328IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

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