Chicken Skewers with Walnut Skordalia

Total Time
30 Mins


This variation on the Greek classic is made with toasted walnuts and spinach. It’s delicious with skewers of chicken, fish or beef, but it’s also fantastic served with crispy pita chips.

Total Time

Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
10 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins


370 cal
Total Fat
28 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
8 g
65 mg
75 mg
5 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
26 g



  • 1 cup spinach, washed, dried, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, fresh
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons California walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, freshly ground


  • 4 chicken breasts, boned, skinned, trimmed, about 10-12 ounces each
  • 2 zucchini, about 3/4 pound
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon wedges, as a garnish
  • 12 bamboo skewers, 10 inches long, soaked in cold water for 30 minutes


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spinach to the boiling water, remove immediately and drain.
  2. Soak the breadcrumbs in the 1/2 cup cold water and squeeze well to remove any excess moisture. Discard the water.
  3. Place the spinach, breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup of the walnuts, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Blend to obtain a smooth paste. Season with salt and pepper. Place the skordalia in a bowl. Chop the remaining 2 tablespoons walnuts and sprinkle onto the top. Drizzle with a few drops of olive oil. Makes 1-1/2 cups. Set aside while you prepare the chicken.
  4. Cut the chicken into 3/4-inch pieces. Cut the zucchini into 1/2-inch pieces.
  5. Preheat an outdoor grill or an indoor cast-iron ridged grill. Thread the chicken and zucchini onto the skewers alternating them. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the skewers until light golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and continue to grill until done, 3 to 4 additional minutes.
  6. To serve, place the skewers on a platter and garnish with lemon wedges. Pass the skordalia on the side.