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Shish Tawook Grilled Lebanese Chicken on Skewers

Shish Tawook

Shish Tawook or Shish Taouk is a popular Middle Eastern chicken recipe which is found at most fast food restaurants in the Middle East. The name Shish Tawook quite literally translates to grilled chicken on skewers. It is mostly served with pita bread, but I think it also pairs quite nicely with a simple and delicious Lebanese Rice.
Course Main, Main Course, Main Meals
Cuisine Arabic, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, turkish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 297kcal


  • 2 lbs Chicken Breast boneless and skinless, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt I used regular yogurt, but Greek yogurt would be great too
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red and green bell peppers cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 8-10 wooden skewers soaked in water


  • Place all the ingredient in a medium mixing bowl (except for the bell peppers) and mix so that the chicken is coated well.
  • Marinate for at least 30 minutes or uptown 24 hours.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 200 C and prepare a baking tray by lining it with aluminium foil and lightly greasing it.
  • Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers, while alternating with the peppers. See the pictures on how to properly thread the chicken so that it does not fall off the skewers.
  • Place on the baking tray and lightly brush with oil.
  • Bake for 3-4 minutes on each side, until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Alternately, you may also cook the shish tawook without the skewers in a skillet or fry pan. Just cook the chicken in 2 tablespoons of oil for 3-4 minutes, or until it is cooked through.
  • Shish Tawook can be served with pita bread and salad. It can also be served with this delicious Lebanese Rice.


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 285mg | Potassium: 944mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg