The perfect summer meal? I think so! These grilled lemon chicken wraps with spicy garlic sauce are not only super simple to make, the flavors are completely out of this world.

Grilled Lemon Chicken Wraps with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Let’s talk about these simple and absolutely delicious lemon chicken wraps. I could eat this lineup every day for the rest of forever – it’s totally my style of food. The flavors are downright incredible without being overly fussy and complicated, and as ridiculous as it sounds, I get super happy whenever this meal is on the docket.

As in, I think it’s impossible to have a bad day when I know I’m going to be eating this for dinner. Is that weird? Or just a really good coping skill?

Grilled Lemon Chicken Wraps with Spicy Garlic Sauce

 

This recipe is seriously as easy as marinating the chicken for a bit, slapping it on the grill and then piling the tender, juicy chicken pieces on flatbread with lettuce, tomatoes and the most delectable spicy (or not) garlic sauce you’ve ever met. The whole combination is heavenly.

Plus, as I’ve kind of alluded to already, that amazing garlic sauce is right up there with The Best Sauces of All Time (like this yogurt-hummus sauce and this creamy BBQ cilantro lime dressing). It actually makes the whole issue of what do I love best about this recipe more complicated. The chicken? Flatbread? Sauce? HOW WILL I EVER CHOOSE? I know. My life is suuuuuper hard.

Grilled Lemon Chicken Wraps with Spicy Garlic Sauce

If you haven’t made this homemade flatbread, now might be the time. It’s so easy to make (perfect for newbie and/or expert bread makers), and I can’t even describe the sense of joy I feel if I’m lucky enough to sneak a fresh flatbread hot off the griddle (bonus points if it’s slathered in butter prior to devouring) without my kids noticing. I make a lot of bread, but flatbread is easily one of my favorite homemade breads to make.

Whenever I make it, I double or triple the recipe because the cooked flatbread freezes great and makes an already simple meal like these grilled lemon chicken wraps even simpler (and yummier). Having said that, we all know that life is life, so don’t beat yourself up if homemade flatbread isn’t in your future. Buy it and cut the guilt.

Summer dinner simplified! It’s right here in these grilled lemon chicken wraps. Make ’em!

What To ServeFresh, seasonal vegetables
Honey Lime Fruit Salad
Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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Grilled Lemon Chicken Wraps with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Yield: Serves 4-6 (depends on the size of the flatbread)

Grilled Lemon Chicken Wraps with Spicy Garlic Sauce

If you're a garlic lover, feel free to step it up and add more garlic to both the marinade and the sauce.

Ingredients

    Chicken + Wraps:
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (about 1 1/2 teaspoons or so), finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest (from about 1-2 lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Bamboo or metal skewers for grilling
  • 4 to 6 flatbread or pita bread wraps (storebought or homemade)
  • 2 to 3 cups spring lettuce mix (or baby spinach)
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Spicy Garlic Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic (a heaping teaspoon), finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 1-2 teaspoons sriracha/hot sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice (a couple teaspoons)

Directions

  1. For the chicken, place the cubed chicken in a flat dish or in a gallon ziploc bag.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and paprika. Pour over the chicken, toss to coat, and cover the dish (or seal the bag) and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least an hour or up to 8 hours.
  3. Thread the chicken pieces on metal or bamboo skewers and grill on medium-high, flipping halfway, until the chicken is cooked through, about 6-8 minutes total.
  4. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. For the garlic sauce, combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth (you can also whisk together in a bowl). I like to pour the mixed sauce into a squeeze bottle for easy serving. Refrigerate until ready to serve; the sauce can be made a week ahead of time.
  6. To serve, place lettuce greens down the center of each wrap, followed by slices of tomato, grilled chicken and a healthy drizzle of spicy garlic sauce.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/grilled-lemon-chicken-wraps/

Recipe Source: adapted from this recipe at The Cozy Apron

33 Responses to Grilled Lemon Chicken Wraps with Spicy Garlic Sauce

  1. Oh, this looks like a fantastic quick lunch! That garlic sauce sounds so perfect – I love that you included greek yogurt – so good! I’m thinking this sauce would be so delicious on tons of wraps and goodies 🙂

  2. Josie says:

    Oh Mel, you have me drooling all over my keyboard and it’s only 6:07 in the morning. These sound wonderful, and EASY. YUM

  3. Lauren says:

    These look wonderful! I am so excited to make this chix recipe, bread & all. Also, though I did not chime in on FB, I wanted to let you know how much I LOVED your video thingy. How exciting that u have plans to make it a regular thing! That was so fabulous – just a perfect connection for those of us who are making your recipes each & ev ry day! Your children are just darling, too…I thought your daughter was absolutely adorable! (That side braid & pony was sooooooooo cute.) Thank you for your unending support in the area of homemaking~

  4. Paige says:

    These wraps look super yummy! We actually have leftover lemon chicken in the fridge right now, so this would be a yummy way to use that up! The sauce sounds delicious!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  5. Rebecca says:

    The recipe says 4-5 flatbread for 2# of chicken. Is that correct? It seems like a lot of chicken for only 4-5 servings. Maybe I’m reading it wrong?

  6. Meghan says:

    This looks delicious! I will report back after dinner tomorrow. 😉

  7. Kelsey says:

    This looks like the perfect summer meal! And that exercise video link you shared…there are no words!!

  8. Amber says:

    I made this yesterday for dinner and it truly was the perfect summer dinner. Husband and kids and I all loved it. I didn’t have time to make or buy flatbread so we just used the Costco bake at home flour tortillas which worked great. Also I added sliced cucumbers along with the tomatoes on top and it was a delicious addition. My 9 year old twins and 7 year old all had seconds and asked for thirds. Thank you for saving dinner for us yesterday, Mel!

  9. Wendy says:

    This recipe came at the perfect time! Made it last night and my hubby went on and on about how much he enjoyed it! Thank you!!

  10. Emily W says:

    Thanks for this! Having friends for dinner tomorrow and was sick of all my standard summer meals. Hopped on your blog and now I know what to make!

  11. Theresa says:

    Perfect timing for me on this recipe: I’ve been thinking about trying to make falafel for my family and wondering what kind of sauce to put on it. Came over to your site to see if you had a falafel recipe and saw this recipe and I think the sauce would be great on falafel! P.S. Do you have any experience making falafel?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Theresa! I’ve made falafel a time or two but it’s not been anything amazing. I think it’s because I’m trying to bake it instead of fry it (but fried is so much better!).

  12. Maria says:

    Delicious! My entire family LOVED this.

  13. Rhonda says:

    We had these last night and they were SO good! A great summer supper thanks Mel

  14. Holly says:

    Ohh my goodness! Mel! I’ve made so so so many of your recipes over the last few years (and loved them ALL) but this was, dare I say, the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. I don’t have adequate words to express how delicious it was. It reminded me of what I used to get a small Greek restaurant, almost weekly, where I used to live except it was better! Thank you for this divine recipe! I’m only sad there were no leftovers!

    • Mel says:

      I love this because I agree that while this meal is SO simple, the combination of flavors is like my favorite thing in the history of ever!

      • Holly says:

        Yes! The history of ever! Since we had no leftovers last night, I bought more chicken today and I’m about to make it again. But I don’t think I’ll share..

  15. Stephanie V says:

    These were delicious!! And I even made the flatbed from scratch!
    Thanks for another fabulous recipe Mel!!!

  16. Ellen says:

    Are we allowed to drink the sauce wth a straw, or no? just made these for dinner, and they were divine! thanks Mel:)

  17. Bonnie says:

    This was so, so amazing! My hubby and I both ate ourselves sick 🙂 we live in Phoenix so I chose to use a slow cooker instead of standing in front of a grill in 115 heat and it worked great! Just threw frozen chicken breasts in, covered it with the marinade and cooked on low for about 6 hrs. Perfection! Also, I wanted to drink that garlic sauce- YUM!! We ate these with a fantastic Greek salad and it was all amazing!’

  18. Carrie says:

    Made this for dinner and it was a total hit! My kids were thanking me for dinner which has never happened before. I made your homemade flatbread to go with it (although it didn’t turn out very thin and flat) and it was so delicious! I just had leftovers in a tortilla and it was great.

  19. Meghan says:

    This was amazing! We absolutely loved it. I made it with the homemade flatbread and everything exactly like you did. I will definitely make it again. What a perfect summer meal. Thank you!

  20. Ellen says:

    I am a bonafide foodie. This is one of the best tasting things I have had in my mouth in a long time. I actually prefer it cold!!! Perfect picnic food or take to work lunch. The burst of lemon from the sauce is great. I am imagining all the thing that I make now with this sauce on it. Thanks!!!

  21. Lisa L says:

    Perfect summer meal for the entire family! I used leftover chicken in quesadillas the following night. Thanks!

  22. Kari says:

    I made this and honey lime fruit salad for dinner. My 6th grader is having a hard time adjusting to middle school. I knew he would love this. He said that even when he’s having a hard day, he knows he can look forward to a good dinner. Thanks for all the great recipes. I’m not a crafty mom, but part of the way my family knows I love them is through the meals I prepare. Thanks for being behind quite a few of them.

    • Mel says:

      Ah, Kari, I know the highs and lows of a 6th grader adjusting to middle school. It’s hard on the ol’ mom heart. Good luck to the both of you! I’m glad this meal was a hit. 🙂

  23. Christie says:

    We had this plus the honey lime fruit salad for dinner (which was delish!). This chicken was so yummy – the kind that I just want to keep picking at even though I should be done. I was in a hurry, so I didn’t cut up the chicken, we just marinated and cooked the chicken breasts whole. I love using the thin frozen chicken breasts from Costco. They cook fairly fast. Thanks for a great recipe!

  24. Carol says:

    Hey Mel, If I don’t have any plain greek yogurt, can I strain some plain regular yogurt to make it a little thicker and use that instead?

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