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Shish Tawook – Lebanese / Turkish Chicken Kabab


Shish Taouk Shish Tawook Lebanese / Turkish Chicken Kabab

Shish Tawouk – Lebanese / Turkish Chicken Kebab

Shish Tawook (Taouk) شيش طاووق‎,  Şiş tavuk , translates as ‘ Skewers of Grilled Chicken’. It is a turkish and lebanese dish that  enjoys immense popularity. It is so delicious served on its own with Toom (Garlic Sauce) or Baba Ganoush. It is also great wrapped in Arabian Khubz as a sandwich. A very simple recipe to make these yummy skewers at home.

Shish Tawouk – Lebanese / Turkish Chicken Kebab

Recipe Type: Chicken / Grill / Bbq
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 10
Marination time: 4 hours – overnight
Cook time: 15
Total time: 4 hours 25
Serves: 4 – 6


  • 2 chicken breasts (breast of one chicken) – skinless and boneless
  • 5 large cloves garlic, mashed to a paste
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp ground green cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ Tbsp tomato paste
  • juice of 2 small limes or ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup greek style or ‘hung’ yoghurt
  • ¼ cup  fresh coriander / cilantro finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¹⁄8 cup olive oil


  • Cut the cleaned chicken breasts into cubes for skewering.
  • Add ALL the ingredients and rub well into the chicken.
  • Marinate the pieces at leadt 4 hour and up to overnight.
  • Skewer the chicken and grill or barbecue just till tender. Do not overcook the chicken or it will taste dry.
  • To keep the chicken nice and moist, as soon as it comes off the grill, drop the skewers into a thermal pot  / slow cooker that has been warmed up or a clay pot that has been slightly heated. Keep covered till serving time. Keeping the chicken in some kind of pot like this where the steam can not escape helps to keep the chicken nice and moist.
  • Serve with ‘Toom’ or Baba Ganoush.

Shish Tawouk – Lebanese / Turkish Chicken Kebab

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  • Thickened or hung yogurt is Yogurt that has the whey removed from it.[br]You can  do so buy hanging the yoghurt in a fine muslin/cheese cloth(UNDISTURBED) for 1/2 to one hour. You can also use a bouillon strainer if you have one(those with extremely fine mesh).
  • To make a quick and yummy wrap, use Arabic Khubz and wrap the hot Shish Tawook along with tomato wedges, grilled peppers and Yoghurt Tahini Sauce.
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