Kalamaki is meat cut into cubes and marinated in an olive oil and lemon dressing, usually overnight. Then, you grill that meat and devour! A good choice for grilling season if I say so myself.
I love Greek food. Especially in the summer time.
Speaking of summer, if you’re a parent, do you know of Red Tricycle? It’s a site that offers parents info on finding things to do with their kids in their city! Whether it’s eating, making stuff together, going to a festival, etc. It’s a pretty cool site! They also recently shared my fish tacos recipe. Go check it out!
Speaking of fish tacos, I think I might make some for dinner sometime this week! After I finish up my kalamakia leftovers.
In the recipe below, I suggest you marinate the chicken for thirty minutes, but really, that’s for the absolute minimum. If you have time to prep it some hours in advance, I highly recommend it! Anywhere from eight to twenty-four hours would work just fine.
Grilled Chicken Kalamaki
- 3 boneless chicken breasts
- 6 bamboo skewer sticks I used 6"
- 1/4 cup olive oil not extra virgin
- 1 lemon halved
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Greek oregano rigani
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- freshly ground black pepper
Soak bamboo skewers in water for about twenty minutes (this will help keep them from charring when grilling).
While the skewers are soaking, prepare the remaining ingredients.
Add olive oil, juice from half of the lemon (reserve the other half for later), salt, rigani, garlic powder, and black pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
Cut the chicken into cubes. I slice the chicken in thirds lengthwise, then cut each strip into small cubes.
When the skewers are done soaking, thread each stick with the chicken.
Place chicken in a bowl or ziplock bag and marinate with the dressing for thirty minutes (if using a ziplock bag, place that in a bowl in case the sticks poke holes in the bag).
After marinating, preheat your grill over medium-high heat.
Cook the chicken 4-6 minutes per side, until cooked through.
Remove from heat and squeeze the remaining lemon half over the meat.