Once upon a time when my husband and I didn’t have the kids yet, we lived in Astoria, Queens. There was a kebab cart down the block from our apartment selling gyros, chicken and beef kebabs. It was hard to not buy one every time we passed because it smelled soo good. I think that must’ve been when the love of Kebabs grew.

I marinated Dairy-free Greek Chicken for Olivia’s Thunderstorm Party, just the night before. My cousins were kind enough to help me grill it on my new kitchen toy during the party, the Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe, that I love so far (review to come after I play around with it- it’s brand new!). I made a pilot batch the week before after craving it and it turned out great. Most recipes I saw called for yogurt, but I wanted to make it dairy-free for Olivia. I searched online and most recipes called for yogurt, until I found a recipe from A Saucy Kitchen that helped me decide what ingredients to play around with. I came up with my own proportions.

If you’re used to coming across bitter extra virgin Olivia oil, we had Zoe’s Organics for the first time at our Vacation Rental for our Saugerties vacation, that was really tasty cooked it as dressing .


1 packet chicken tenderloin from Costco (I just cut it into smaller pieces when I put it in the marinate bag)

2tsp oregano

2tsp rosemary

2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (I used Colavita brand and I love it for everything because it’s rich, smoky, but not bitter at all)

Salt and pepper to taste (I usually use the grinder version of both- just makes everything taste better!)

3 packets True Lemon Packets (or freshly squeezed lemon juice or about 1 lemon)


1- Marinate everything above.

2- Grill until done!

*Note: We served ours with pita bread pockets, Babaganosh, Tzaziki, roasted peppers and baby tomatoes. We had Stubb’s Texas BBQ Sauce day on the side (we always opted to get it with BBQ sauce when we used to buy them on the street).

*Note: We made about 4 of these baggies with the marinaded chicken for the party. It’s easy to take out and cook if needed, freeze or give away at the end for others to bring home after. Feel free to make skewers out of these if you have time want.

My next find will be in creating a dry rub for bbq pork ribs (to finish off that BBQ sauce I still have in my fridge!). Do you have an easy and fail proof dry rub recipe?

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