Friday, 28 January 2011

Easy Chicken Souvlakis



In the early 1990's, while I was a student at Stellenbosch University, I was station manager, news reader and DJ at our university radio station.  At that time, it was still called Radio Matie (now MFM) and we could only broadcast via fixed line on campus, as the SABC still had their monopoly over the FM waves.  Our set up was quite basic with only two turntables and a CD player, but we were mostly proud of what we did.  We even got into a bit of trouble for playing "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" once!

Some of us, myself included, did auditions in Sea Point to become DJs at Radio Good Hope, became trainee DJs and had to go to Sea Point at least once a week for a training session in one of their studios.  It was during one of these trips that I was introduced to Aris Souvlaki by one of my fellow trainees.  Not a 5 star venue by any stretch of the imagination.  No, expect plastic over the red and white check table cloths, thimble sized wine glasses and plastic grapes hanging from the ceiling.  But the food was out of this world.  Their souvlakis and shwarmas were the best I've ever eaten, the pitas loaded with garlicy tzatziki and chopped tomatoes.
Aris Souvlaki in Sea Point, South Africa.  Photo from here

Those were the days!  Well, I'm sure if I looked really hard, I could find a Greek restaurant in Taipei somewhere, but I'm sure that their souvlakis and shwarmas would not be as tasty as Aris' in Sea Point.

Last night I had a craving for those souvlakis, so I tried my own.  Now, I really couldn't be asked to bake my own pita bread tonight and I didn't do the tzatziki either (even though it is dead easy to make).  I simply didn't have the time.  But by all means, serve these souvlakis with pita or some fresh bread, chopped totatoes and some tzatziki.


Chicken Souvlakis

Ingredients:
  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • the juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp unflavoured yoghurt (I had nome and actually substituted it with 1 Tbsp mascarpone)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Method:
  1. Mix everything together in a zip lock bag and marinate it for about an hour or overnight in the fridge.
  2. Skewer the meat and discard remaining marinade.  Remember to soak bamboo skewers before using to prevent them from burning.
  3. Preheat a griddle pan (no oil needed if non stick) until screaming hot.  Cook for 4 to 5 minutes a side.  Serve with fresh pita bread, chopped tomatoes and big dollops op tzatziki.  Alternatively, remove the skewers and serve with some mixed salad leaves as a light meal.


Aris Souvlaki can be found at, 83A Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town.
Telephone:  +27 (0)21 439-6683

11 comments:

  1. Looks really yummy! Happy weekend!

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  2. Making this right now but I don't have a lemon so I'll use orange rind and lemon juice....

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  3. Thanks Lani! Thanks for the visit!

    Eben, I'm sure that would work well, too! How did it turn out?

    Top100, I use an old (5 years old, I think) Nikon CoolPix L3. It is really not a very nice camera and I would love to buy something better!

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  4. Trying this next week. Seem easy enough. :)

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  5. Jdub, this is really easy to do and the meat was very succulent and tasty. Please let me know how it was!

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  6. These look SOO good W! I will be making them VERY soon! My mouth is actually watering!

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  7. Alida, I was SUPER happy with these! You have to try it - baie lekker!

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  8. Ahhh Aris Souvlaki...those were the days. Still remember the dodgy "wine" glasses!

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  9. Those were the days Maggie! University car...1st stop at the SABC to pick up records and then a souvlaki. We even had our year-end staff party there, remember?

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