Chicken Tzatziki

My family loves Greek food and especially tzatziki sauce.  Just one dollop of this lemony, garlicky yogurt sauce has completely changed our chicken landscape.  And, when it’s made with freshly-picked veggies, it just tastes that much sweeter.  Ironically, while I love tzatziki sauce (so much so that I would use it as a face mask every night), I’ve never made a batch at home.  Not really sure why- probably kitchen confidence again.

Ok, just one look at the massively phallic cucumber growing in my garden was the inspiration I needed to get my cukes on. And, I had a sneaking suspicion that once I made my first batch of this tasty, zesty sauce, there’d be no stopping.  After all, ever since I whipped up my first mocajete full of homemade guacamole, I make it on the fly, every weekend.  Same goes for pesto, I’ve got three Ball jars filled with pesto made from freshly-picked basil from the garden.

Oh, don’t get anxious.  You don’t need to have a vibrant garden bursting in your yard to get you motivated. You just need to believe that anything made in your home WILL TASTE BETTER than the store bought variety.  And, I must admit, it is quite comforting knowing all the ingredients in a dish.  Hopefully that alone will get you to your local store to pick up the very simple list of tzatziki ingredients (if you don’t already have them in your stocked pantry and fridge).

Making the tzatziki sauce is simple and requires little time.  The one important step in the prep process is to make sure that you completely squeeze the shredded cucumbers and pat down the pieces to remove all the excess liquid.  That’s the most involved step.

Shredded cucumber awaiting pat down

The rest of the ingredients get mixed together in a bowl and set in the fridge to let the flavors combine.  And, if you’re not a big garlic fan, you must not use many cloves.  I made the mistake of grinding up one too many cloves and it completely overpowered the entire sauce since most of the other ingredients are quite benign and bland.  Start with a small amount of garlic at first and then add in more if you want an extra kick!   But, don’t forget garlic is also an ingredient in the chicken marinade so, you don’t need to overcompensate with the tzatziki sauce.

Final creamy, zesty tzatziki sauce

I marinated the chicken for a few hours and decided, since it was gorgeous outside, to grill my breasts.  While very tasty, this marinade might cook better in a skillet or even baked in an oven.  On the grill, the yogurt kept dripping through the slats which caused MAJOR amounts of smoke.

Despite the garlic overload and the smoke signals wafting from the grill, the Tzatziki Chicken sandwiches were a hit!  I served the chicken sliced on top of a whole wheat pita, covered with tzatziki sauce and garnished with sliced grape tomatoes and slivered onions.  My son ate his sandwich like a gyro and I ate mine open-faced.

This dish is a nice change-up from the rubber chicken dinner rotation.  And, it’s a great choice for either lunch or dinner!



  1. I just made tzatziki sauce yesterday! Awesome blog 🙂

  2. Yum! I’ll be doing this this weekend. Off to order the ingredients from Fresh Direct now!

  3. Have you tried our 0% Plain Greek yogurt? I’d love to send you some cups, if you’re interested! Shoot an email to fans[at]chobani dot com and we’ll hook ya up.


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