Meg & I took the week off for a little “stay-cation”, and it’s been such a lovely week. I plan on sharing a little blog about all the things we did, but wanted to share this recipe with you first!
I packed up my Char-Griller Akorn Jr. and took it to the beach this week! It was the perfect way to upgrade my beach meal. Handhelds are always the move at the beach, and while burgers and hotdogs hold a special place in my heart, these loaded chicken pitas take the cake! Grilled chicken skewers and Halloumi, lots of bright veg, and warm charred pita. Say no more!
This recipe is done in long term partnership with Char-Griller Grills. All thoughts, opinions, and recipes are my own. Thanks for the support!
I absolutely love having my Akorn Jr. It’s so lightweight, perfect for traveling, easy to use, and boy does it stay hot! Which means, you can make a s’more for the road before you head home! Let’s dig in!
Garlic-Lemon Chicken Skewers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1.5 lbs chicken, cut into large chunks. Use whichever boneless cut you prefer
1 brick Halloumi Cheese, cut into large chunks
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, zested, and juiced
½ T dried oregano
½ T salt
½ T pepper
4 pita, cut in half
2 cups lettuce
1 large tomato, sliced
½ cucumber, sliced
1/3 cup Kalamata Olives
1/3 cup vinaigrette of your choice
*you will need skewers for this recipe. If using wooden skewers, please soak in water for an hour before assembling and grilling- to prevent them from burning*
1. Fill Akorn Jr .with Charcoal, and light- Let heat up and scrub your grates clean of debris. Add a thin layer of oil, and let grill do its magic. I usually let my coals and grill heat up for about thirty minutes before cooking.
2. Mix yogurt with lemon juice, olive oil, zest, crushed garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. Add chicken, and thoroughly combine. You can do this ahead of time, overnight if you have time- Thread chicken onto your skewers, and then on additional skewers, thread your Halloumi Cheese.
3. Place your skewers on the hot grill and cook the cheese for about 2 minutes per side, until char marks form and cheese gets soft. Remove from heat and keep warm on a baking sheet under foil. Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, turning as grill marks form, and pull once temperature is 160 degrees. Let the chicken skewers rest on the baking sheet under foil- allowing the temp to come up an additional 5 degrees, and letting the juices redistribute. Then, grill pita for 1-2 minutes, until warm and pliable.
4. Serve Skewers with grilled pita, and all the fixings. Drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette and enjoy! These Skewers would be great as the main entrée as well, with a side of rice or pasta, and a large tossed salad.
Hope you love these pitas as much as we do! Can’t wait to hear what you think!
Be sure to tag me on instagram, @thatswhatsheeats, so I can keep up with your foodie journey! Thanks friends!