Middle Eastern Shish Tawook

    4 hours 40 mins

    These grilled chicken kebabs are served in every restaurant in the Middle East. The yoghurt acts as meat tenderizer so do not substitute with sour cream. Make sure you leave enough time to marinate the chicken for the flavours to blend. Easy to make at home and may taste even better than the restaurant ones.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1kg skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 5cm pieces
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
    • 3/4 cup (185ml) plain yoghurt
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 pinch ground cardamom
    • 2 onions, cut into large chunks
    • 1 large green capsicum, cut into large chunks
    • 1 cup diced fresh parsley

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:4hr cooling  ›  Ready in:4hr40min 

    1. Whisk together the lemon juice, vegetable oil, plain yoghurt, garlic, tomato paste, salt, oregano, pepper, allspice, cinnamon and cardamom in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Transfer the chicken to the refrigerate and marinate for at least 4 hours.
    2. Preheat a BBQ for medium-high heat and lightly oil. Thread the chicken, onions and capsicum onto metal skewers. Cook on preheated BBQ until the chicken is golden and no longer pink in the centre; about 5 minutes each side. Sprinkle the parsley over the skewers.

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    EXCELLENT! I just made this for dinner tonight and my husband & I were amazed. We used to order shish tawook all the time at a Lebanese restaurant in our old neighborhood. Now that we've moved, we haven't found a place that serves this so I've experimented with several other recipes and they were all disappointing. But this one is JUST RIGHT!!! Very authentic tasting. I modified it slightly to suit our (spicy) tastes by adding more oregano, a little dried mint, turmeric, and a couple dashes of cayenne pepper.  -  19 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Although this recipe had fewer reviews than the other shish tawook chicken recipe in allrecipes, i chose to try out this recipe as the ingredts in this recipe appeared more authentic. Im so glad tht i made the right choice - this shish tawook chicken was delicious! It was moist and full of flavour! I added a few more cloves of garlic, reduced the cinnamon to a pinch and added a few dashes or turmeric powder, cayenne pepper and paprika. My family had this for dinner with pita bread ( recipe from allrecipes ) and the dipping sauce ( from the other shish tawook recipe in allrecipes ) This recipe is a keeper!!  -  18 May 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was wonderful, delicious and very tender/moist. I did not have the allspice, so that was omitted. This recipe is SO MUCH better than another from this site, which claims to be authentic, yet uses katchup and mustard. Thanks!  -  23 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)