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Shish Tawook Marinated Chicken Recipe
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Shish Tawook Marinated Chicken

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"A Middle Eastern low fat recipe for marinated chicken breasts, which can be baked in the oven or skewered with mushrooms and barbequed. They taste great with pita bread and some pickled turnips."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 day 1 hr


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together oil, yogurt, ketchup, and mustard. Season with garlic powder, paprika, allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, and curry powder. Stir in chicken pieces, coating all sides with marinade. Cover bowl, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. To make dipping sauce, mix together mayonnaise, yogurt, garlic, and salt. Cover, and refrigerate.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Transfer chicken pieces to a shallow baking dish. Bake in a preheated oven 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 11, 2006

I live in the Middle East and I like this recipe as much as I do when I go out! I made it for my whole family as a special Middle Eastern Dinner Night when I went home on vacation and there wasn't one person who disliked it. Even the kids loved it. And we're talking down home southern folks that devoured everything! I added fresh garlic as well, because we love garlic. Served it with hummous, falafels, tabbouleh, fatoosh, pita and fresh veggies.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 03, 2011

we did not care for this.

Feb 05, 2006

this was pretty good. I had 5 thighs and used in lieu of breasts. The stated marinade was perfect for 5 good sized thighs...none wasted but plenty to cover liberally. I skinned the thighs and also omitted oil altogether. I omitted the curry powder and keep it more mideast than Indian. Allspice is a commonly used mideast spice and when I got the marinade together(also crushed in 1 clove garlic) the allspice seemed a bit overpowering so added another tbsp. lowfat yogurt. The thighs were tender after marinating overnight and baked up nicely. Served with jasmin rice. I will make again because of ease of prep and ingredients that I always have plenty of on hand. I think next time I would omit the prepared mustard and use lemon juice instead.

Mar 27, 2011

Very tasty! I added the curry and thought the allspice could have been reduced to 1 tsp. Extremely tender after marinating overnight.The dipping sauce was incredible! Very good served with rice or couscous.

May 14, 2006

Last night I paired this dish along with Near-East brand rice with hummus & flatbread. Wow, what a great treat. Being a metro Detroiter, I’m accustomed to good Lebanese, and this meal didn’t fall short. I omitted the curry power from the marinade, but otherwise followed the directions. The prep was easy the night before. I grilled the chicken on skewers for about 8 minutes per side over a medium low flame. The dipping sauce was nice, but I did add a little extra garlic and puréed. Now if I can only find a recipe for La Shish's garlic sauce this meal would really be complete.

Jul 16, 2008

this recipe was a tough one to rate. the chicken alone is just average and surprisingly leans toward bland (the only change i made was to double the curry powder). the secret to this dish is the sauce which pairs perfectly with the chicken. it does for the meat what peanut butter does for jelly. another thing i discovered quite by accident is that the sauce is 10x better if served at room temperature. it's fine straight out of the fridge, but takes on a whole new life when it sheds the chill. at room temp, this sauce is a religious experience.

Jun 30, 2011

Okay, so I'll admit that I totally forgot to marinate this overnight. I didn't get it in the marinade until late in the morning so it didn't sit as long as I would have liked. Even so, this turned out really well and we all really liked it. I think next time I make this, I'll switch the amounts of the allspice and the curry powder. I think maybe that those two ingredients were switched, but I've been wrong before. There really was just too much allspice for us--that really overpowered the rest of the flavors and spices. I'll also be sure to marinate it longer next time. I'll make this again for sure. I served this with Company Couscous and we all really enjoyed the combination.

Apr 12, 2005

I was so excited to see a recipe for this - one of my favorite dishes at Middle Eastern restaurants (which there are none of in my hometown). I was a little skeptical that it would be as good as what I'd had in restaurants in big cities, but it was - the garlic sauce is excellent with it. My husband and 2-year-old daughter loved it too. I only marinated it for 5 hours, and it was fine.


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  • Calories
  • 488 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.4 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 142 mg
  • 47%
  • Fat
  • 25.3 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 55.7 g
  • 111%
  • Sodium
  • 496 mg
  • 20%

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

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