This recipe combines two popular components of Greek cuisine: souvlaki and tzatziki. Souvlaki consists of skewered, grilled meat, and tzatziki is a yogurt-based sauce traditionally served with grilled meats. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large shallow dish combine lemon juice, parsley, oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and black pepper. Add chicken, turning to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

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  • Meanwhile, to prepare the pilaf: Cut 1 cup of the tomatoes in half. In a small saucepan combine halved tomatoes, the water, barley, basil and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 45 minutes or until barley is tender and water is absorbed.

  • To prepare the sauce: Press cucumber through a sieve to remove as much liquid as possible. In a small serving bowl combine cucumber, yogurt, dill and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. If desired, top with additional cucumber and dill.

  • Drain chicken, discarding marinade. On eight 14-inch skewers thread chicken, remaining 1 cup whole tomatoes, the zucchini, sweet peppers and onion, leaving 1/4 inch between pieces.

  • Grill chicken skewers, covered, over medium 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, turning once. (See Tip)

  • Transfer pilaf to a serving bowl and, if desired, top with additional basil. Serve chicken skewers with pilaf, sauce and lemon wedges.

Tips

Tip: You can substitute quick-cooking barley for the pearled barley. Simply reduce the cooking time to 10 to 12 minutes.

If using wooden skewers, soak in water 30 minutes.

Variation: To broil chicken skewers, place them on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat 10 to 12 minutes, turning once. Or to cook on top of the stove, heat a grill pan over medium. Place skewers in pan and cook 10 to 12 minutes, turning once.

Nutrition Facts

371 calories; 11 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 86 mg cholesterol; 500 mg sodium. 35 g carbohydrates; 8 g fiber; 10 g sugar; 35 g protein;