Shish Tawook – Lebanese Marinated Chicken (VIDEO)

Make this Lebanese favorite at home! Shish Tawook will soon be your go-to chicken recipe thanks to the flavorful garlic, lemon, and yogurt marinade.

Make this Lebanese favorite at home! Shish Tawook will soon be your go-to chicken recipe. Get the recipe on RachelCooks!

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.

(PS: This was before we moved away from an area where authentic Lebanese carry-out was plentiful. Now I go through withdrawls….but thank goodness for recipes like this!)

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 (less sodium, for sure!).

PS: If you love this, you’ll also love this chicken kofta recipe!

Make this Lebanese favorite at home! Shish Tawook will soon be your go-to chicken recipe. Get the recipe on RachelCooks!

This shish tawook is so flavorful thanks to lemon, garlic and spices. Moist from soaking in marinade and yogurt (you won’t believe how tender and moist the yogurt makes the chicken!), they definitely are NOT a dull, boring, chicken breast. We had these twice in one week. I’m addicted, Ben loves them and so does E! Ben says he loves them more than the restaurant version — score! 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.

Make this Lebanese favorite at home! Shish Tawook will soon be your go-to chicken recipe. Get the recipe on RachelCooks!

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Shish Tawook (Lebanese Marinated Chicken Skewers)

Make this Lebanese favorite at home! Shish Tawook will soon be you go-to chicken recipe.

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  • 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


  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. (They would also be great on the grill!)
  5. Serve with rice and salad or on a pita with garlic sauce.

NOTE: Nutrition information is lower than actually stated since much of the marinade is discarded after using.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: about 1/2 pound of chicken

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 481 Calories
  • Total Fat: 26.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.1g
  • Cholesterol: 165.6mg
  • Sodium: 705mg
  • Carbohydrates: 4.8g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 54g
Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

adapted from Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

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

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  1. Yum! I love how easy this marinade is!

  2. Made this tonight on the grilk. My husband and I other really liked it! Thanks.

  3. My favorite at home! I love chicken recipe

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

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

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

  7. 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.

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

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

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

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

  12. 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!

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

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

  15. 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 ;)

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

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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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! ;)

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

  21. 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!

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

  23. 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!

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

  25. 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 ;)

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

  27. 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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