AIP Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers with Tzatziki Recipe
AIP gets a bad rap for all the stuff you can’t eat, but let’s focus on the positive. This AIP Greek chicken souvlaki skewers with tzatziki recipe are pretty darn authentic!
All The Greek Food You Can Eat on AIP
Mediterranean food is pretty awesome, and it’d be a shame to have to avoid this whole genre of cooking while following autoimmune protocol.
Fortunately, you don’t have to.
While there are some common ingredients you need to work around, there are also plenty of ways to get your Greek on. This chicken souvlaki skewers recipe is a perfect example of that.
Here’s why. The recipe calls for simple, yet flavorful ingredients. It stays true to what souvlaki should taste like without making compromises on your restrictions.
Chicken breasts are of course allowed, as well as the olive oil and white wine vinegar. You’ll coat the chicken chunks in a mixture of the oil and vinegar along with oregano, an AIP-approved spice.
The tzatziki needed a slight modification, as the yogurt contains pesky dairy. Instead, I used coconut yogurt. The rest of the sauce stays true to form and includes garlic, cucumber, salt, and fresh mint.
It sounds so simple, but tastes so good!
And that’s not the end of the road for Greek food that works for AIP. Fatty fish, olives, basil, ginger, turmeric, rosemary, sage, thyme, onions, and garlic are all options to give your food a Mediterranean flair without causing inflammation.
All The Greek You Should Not Seek
While many Greek dishes can easily be made in a suitable way for AIP, there are some signature ingredients you’ll need to avoid.
Tomatoes are pretty common in Greek cuisine, but they shouldn’t be found in your kitchen. They fall into the nightshade family of foods to avoid.
Nuts are another category to stay away from. Ditto for seeds.
Grains, ranging from flour-filled pasta to whole grain bread, are off-limits as well. If you are really missing bread, consider these 15 AIP bread recipes.
Legumes such as beans are also not cool per AIP. Tasty as they may be, they are not always kind to the lining of our guts.
Finally, as heartbreaking as it can be, you’ll also need to say goodbye to cheese while you’re on AIP. Dairy can be a big source of issues, unfortunately.
AIP Food List
I’ve discussed some Greek ingredients that work for AIP, as well as some that don’t. But there are a lot of cuisines out there you may still have questions about.
Check out this handy AIP food list. A simple scan or search of the page should tell you what is safe to eat. Happy healing!
These skewers pack a Greek punch of flavor that is sure to please everyone.
For the chicken:
For the tzatziki:
- 5 oz coconut yogurt (140 g)
- 2 cloves (6 oz) of garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1/4 cucumber (55 g), grated
- 2 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
- Salt, to taste
- 1/4 cucumber, thinly sliced
- Soft lettuce leaves
- Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C). Soak wood skewers in water for at least 10 minutes, if using.
- Place the diced chicken, olive oil, white wine vinegar and dried oregano in a large bowl. Mix well to combine and evenly coat the chicken. Thread the chicken tightly onto the soaked skewers and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Place on baking sheet in the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the skewers are completely cooked.
- In the meantime, make the tzatziki sauce by placing the coconut yogurt, garlic, grated cucumber, and fresh mint in a medium bowl and stirring until completely combined. Season with salt, to taste.
- Enjoy the skewers with the tzatziki sauce and serve with thinly sliced cucumber and soft salad leaves, if desired.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 593
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 40 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 50 g