Shish Tawook (Lebanese Marinated Chicken Skewers)

by Rachel Gurk on February 28, 2013 · 30 comments

in Main Dish, Poultry

Shish Tawook | RachelCooks.com

We get Lebanese carry-out a lot.

More than I care to admit.

We’re talking once a week, people. Usually on Sundays. But we’re working on cutting down on the carry-out to save money and be more conscientious about what we eat. Besides, now that cooking doesn’t make me want to lose my cookies, I actually enjoy being in the kitchen again.

I can’t even tell you how great that feels. And let’s be honest, most things you can get at a restaurant, you can make at home.

Moreover, they will probably taste better and be better for you.

Shish Tawook | RachelCooks.com

These chicken skewers are so flavorful thanks to lemon, garlic and spices. Moist from soaking in marinade and yogurt, they definitely aren’t a dull, boring, chicken breast. We had these twice in one week. I’m addicted, Ben loves them and so does E! Serve them with rice, a green salad or on a pita with garlic sauce (link in recipe) and pickles. Or serve them atop the salad. Or serve them with hummus. Or just eat them straight off of the skewer. That’s what I do.

Shish Tawook | RachelCooks.com

Shish Tawook (Lebanese Marinated Chicken Skewers)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large zip-top bag. Rub and move around chicken to coat.
  2. Place in a glass baking dish or bowl (in case of leakage) and refrigerate and marinate for at least 4 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, if using wooden skewers, soak in water.
  4. Skewer the chicken onto skewers and place on a broiler pan. Broil on high for 15-18 minutes, turning once, or until chicken is browned and cooked through.
  5. Serve with rice and salad or on a pita with garlic sauce.
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2013/02/28/shish-tawook-lebanese-marinated-chicken-skewers/

Verdict: LOVE this recipe.
Husband’s take: LOVES this recipe. Seriously. This one is a winner in our house.
Changes I would make: Eat more.
Difficulty: Pretty easy!

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathryn February 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

This is what I always order when we go to our favourite Lebanese restaurant so I can imagine this is quickly going to become a staple for us at home too. So delicious!

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2 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats February 28, 2013 at 8:08 am

This sounds delicious! Always looking for a new way to make chicken! Can’t wait to try it!

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3 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama February 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

WOW! These look and and sound so good. We don’t have a Lebanese restaurant in our area…. so I guess I need to make my own ;)

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4 Amanda February 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

Have never had it, but love that I can try it at home now with your great recipe! :)

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5 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite February 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

We hardly ever eat Lebanese food! It’s just one of those things we don’t think about or know of any good restaurants in the area. These look good and are pretty simple!

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6 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

We’ve tried Lebanese food only few times and learned that anything with a word “shish” means it’s good :) Pinning this dish!

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7 Cassie | Bake Your Day February 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

I haven’t found a good Lebanese restaurant here yet so in the meantime, I will be making some at home. This looks and sounds simply incredible!

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8 Karly February 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

Um, these look absolutely amazing. Is it dinner time yet?

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9 Rachael February 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

Looks awesome! The hubby and I are making very similar chicken kabobs for dinner tonight. It’s our new go-to. Instead of a pita, we like it with brown rice mixed with cilantro, garlic, and lime juice. Tonight, I was thinking of whipping up a cilantro, chili, and olive oil sauce instead of a yogurt sauce. Mmmmm! ;)

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10 Jenny February 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Something must be wrong with the format I’m viewing because there is a question mark in place of the amount of greek yogurt to be used. Would you mind replying so I’ll know how much? Thanks! The recipe looks wonderful.

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11 Rachel Gurk February 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Completely an error on my end, thanks for catching it! I need more sleep. It’s 1/3 cup. The recipe should reflect that change now. Enjoy!

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12 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Just pinned thes to make later – they look so good!

FYI – In the recipe it says “? cup greek yogurt”

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13 Rachel Gurk February 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Ha! Choose your own adventure! ;) Thanks so much for catching that. It’s 1/3 a cup and hopefully is fixed now. :) Getting used to Ziplist…

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14 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough February 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I’ve never had Lebanese food but this sounds waaaay too good to pass up. Putting on the “make this ASAP or else” list! :)

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15 Carla @ Carlas Confections February 28, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Yum! I love recreating take out food. This one looks really incredible! And I know what you mean. There are a few types of take outs that I could eat more than once a week. But its not very budget friendly… but so worth it sometimes ;)

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16 Tracey February 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I’ve never actually had Lebanese food, but this recipe looks delicious so I’m pretty sure I’d be a fan!

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17 Kari@Loaves n Dishes February 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

These look totally authentic! I’m sooo loving the marinade.

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18 Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry February 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Come to think of it, there are not many Lebanese restaurants in Seattle which is probably why I hardly ever eat it. Although, I do love chicken skewers so I am eager to try this recipe. Pinned for later!

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19 Gerry @ foodness gracious February 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

You would love my local Lebanese place, my two fav meals are chicken shawarma and lamb kofta kebas!! I gotta try yours!

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20 Ali | Gimme Some Oven February 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Lebanese food is the best!!! I love that you tried these homemade! :)

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21 Bree {Skinny Mommy} March 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

Sounds fabulous! I wish I had a Lebanese restaurant around here!

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22 Laurie {Simply Scratch} March 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I’m like a kid and will fall for anything skewered! Looks amazing Rachel!

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23 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife March 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm

This looks out of this world delicious! We would love to have you link it up at The Hopeless Housewife Link Party, we are giving away a Le Creuset French Oven.

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24 Rachel Gurk March 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Erika, will do!

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25 sarah k @ the pajama chef March 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

i love the lemon-spice flavor combo! these definitely are a great take out fake out. :) yumm!

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26 amy January 30, 2014 at 4:15 pm

turned out great -perfect cook time under broiler as well.

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27 Rachel Gurk January 31, 2014 at 2:52 pm

So glad you liked it!

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28 Bente G. February 14, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I made this tonight for my family, and put them on the grill. Everyone devoured it and they smelled amazing. Great recipe, thank you!

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29 Rachel Gurk February 15, 2014 at 7:27 am

So glad you liked this recipe! It’s one of my favorites.

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