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What to Eat to Survive the Summer Heat

Summer is a great time to soak up the warmth and sunshine of the South while sharing delicious meals with friends and family. But, when the temperature starts to spike, the last thing you want to do is heat up the entire kitchen in order to prepare a meal. This collection of tasty recipes will allow you to enjoy the flavors of summer, all while keeping your house cool on those hotter-than-hot days.


  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breast, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 8–10 wooden skewers

For the Tzatziki

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt

  1. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and oregano in a bowl. Season generously with Kosher salt & black pepper.
  2. Place chicken in a large Ziploc bag. Pour in marinade, making sure chicken is well coated.
  3. Allow chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight for maximum flavor.
  4. Soak wooden skewers in water for 30–45 minutes. Prepare Tzatziki sauce and other fixings*.
  5. When ready, thread marinated chicken pieces onto prepared skewers.
  6. Lightly oil grill grates and heat to medium-high/high heat. Grill chicken on both sides until well browned and internal temperature registers 155°.
  7. Serve with Tzatziki and pita bread.
    *Additional fixings include sliced tomato, cucumber, onions, kalamata olive, and hummus.

For the Tzatziki

  1. Finely grate the cucumber. Remove excess liquid using cheesecloth or a paper towel.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and season with Kosher salt. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.