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Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken Recipe
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Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken

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"These are served in every restaurant in the Middle East. You can easily make them at home and make them taste just as good, if not better. Don't substitute sour cream for the yogurt, as the yogurt is a meat tenderizer."

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Original recipe makes 6 kabobs Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    4 hrs 40 mins


  1. Whisk together the lemon juice, vegetable oil, plain yogurt, garlic, tomato paste, salt, oregano, pepper, allspice, cinnamon, and cardamom in a large bowl; add the chicken and toss to coat. Transfer the chicken mixture into a large plastic bag; refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate. Thread the chicken, onions, and pepper onto metal skewers. Cook on preheated grill until the chicken is golden and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes each side. Sprinkle the parsley over the skewers.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 19, 2008

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 24, 2009

This was average. I would not make this recipe again as writtten. I was surprised that it was so bland; I've never found that to be true of Middle Eastern food. I would increase the salt and add cayenne for spice.

May 18, 2009

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!!

Mar 23, 2008

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!

Jun 09, 2011

This is really good! I wasn't sure the weight of the chicken I was using. I did use 3 really large chicken breasts and got 7 sticks. Cardamom is not easy to find, and it is expensive, so I found on-line that a subtitute is equal parts of cinnamon and nutmeg and used that. I also do not care for black pepper so I did not add it. For the onions I went with red onions as it didn't specify. I was busy all day and they marinated a total of 10 hours. Normally over marinating chicken can cause a bitter taste, but it didn't at all. I don't have access to a grill so I broiled them in the house. I set the rack two down from the top and set the broiler to high. I lined a pan with tall sides with foil and broiled half of them at a time. For my oven it was 8 minutes, then I flipped it for 5 minutes, then one more flip for 2 minutes. Delicious!

Jun 23, 2008

This was absolutely wonderful. My husband and I both really love shish tawook chicken and it was great to find a good authentic recipe. I left out the tomato paste but it still tasted just like our favorite middle eastern restaurant. It's especially good if you use the Thick-Style Lebanese Garlic Sauce (see recipe on this site) with it and wrap the chicken in a warm pita!

Jun 13, 2011

You know you're in for some out-of-this-world grilled chicken when your mouth starts to water just from the wonderful aromas wafting from a closed grill -- this has to be one of the most fragrant chicken recipes I've ever made. I followed the marinade precisely, subbing crushed whole green cardamom pods for the ground. But instead of boneless chicken, I chose bone-in chicken (minus the skin) which I scored to allow the thick marinade to permeate the meat in an overnight soak. Because I used a larger cut of chicken, I grilled low and slow to prevent burning or charring... and it was so worth the wait.

Sep 15, 2008

Delicious! I make this at least once a week. I use butterflied chicken breast and grill it as is (I'm too lazy for skewers). Not only is it easy, but you can keep it in the marinade if your dinner plans change and the flavor gets better! Hubby and I eat it with rice and with hummus.


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  • Calories
  • 299 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.8 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 88 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 34.3 g
  • 69%
  • Sodium
  • 702 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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