Authentic Shish Tawook

By Rena |

Shish Tawook is an authentic grilled chicken recipe that’s enjoyed all over the Middle East. Tender, juicy, and flavor chicken with each bite, these chicken kebabs are quite popular and easy to make too!

top view chicken shish tawook skewers on a long white dish

You will be surprised at how easy it is to make this shish Tawook which is essentially grilled chicken kebabs. Chicken cubes are marinated in an authentic yogurt and spice marinade for the most tender, juicy, and delicious tasting chicken ever! Shish Tawook is a traditional Middle Eastern cuisine enjoyed in many cultures around the world. Some may argue it originated in Turkey and others will claim it as their own. It is also on the menu of almost every Middle Eastern restaurant. They can be grilled indoors on a grill pan or you can use your outdoor grill. Simple and easy chicken recipe to serve to family and guests.

Why you will love this grilled chicken recipe

  • Scrumptious: there is no dought that you will love the taste of this chicken shish tawook recipe. It is full of falvor, tender, and so juicy.
  • Many ways to enjoy: Shish tawook can be served as a sandwish, with salad, rice, or roasted veggies. Many ways to enjoy this simple and delicious grilled chicken kebab.
  • Simple and Easy: All you need is yogurt and some herbs to make the shish tawook. It is easy to put together and then grill.
close up shish tawook skewers on a plate with a side of yogurt dip

Ingredients you will need

Below is a list of ingredients you will need to make this Shish Tawook. Full measurements are listed further down below.

boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch chunks
Marinade:
plain whole-milk yogurt
lemon
olive oil
garlic
tomato paste
spices: paprika, cinnamon, oregano, ground ginger, salt, and pepper
Optional to serve with: lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, yogurt, pita bread

ingredients to make the shish tawook, chicken spices, yogurt, and oil

How to make this shish tawook recipe

  • Prepare the chicken: First, cut the chicken breast into 1-inch chunks.
  • Make the marinade: In a large bowl add all the marinade ingredients and whisk until well combined.
mixing and making the shish tawook marinade
  • Marinate the chicken: Then, stir in the chicken chunks. Marinate for at least 30 minutes before threading the chicken onto skewers.
marinated chicken chunks placed on skewers
  • Grill the chicken: Preheat your grill or a large heavy-bottom grill pan to medium heat. Add skewers and grill, flipping them every couple of minutes; it should take about 10-12 minutes in total.
  • Finally, Serve: Serve with crunchy veggies, yogurt, and warm pita bread if desired. Enjoy!
close up grilled shish tawook skewers on plate

Recipe notes and tips

  • It is best to use chicken breast when making shish tawook. The marinate will work on boneless and skinless chicken thighs which can be grilled as a whole piece.
  • Full whole milk plain yogurt and not Greek yogurt to make the tawook marinade
  • We prefer using Olive oil, but vegetable oil or avocado oil will do just fine.
  • Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours. If you can make-ahead the and marinate the chicken the night before, even better.
  • You may grill this shish twook on an indoor grill pan if you dont have an outdoor grill.
  • Soak the wooden skewers for a few minutes to prevent them from burning especially if you are using an outdoor grill.
top view chicken skewers on a plate with a side of yogurt garlic dip

Frequently asked questions

What does Tawook mean?

The word Tawook means Chicken and the word shish means skewers. Thus the name Shish Tawook.

Where did Shish Tawook originate from?

Even though Shish Tawook is now served internationally, it is said to have originated in Lebanon. The name of the dish actually comes from Turkey since they ruled Lebanon many years ago. Other countries may argue that they were the original creators of the dish.

What time of meat is used for shish kebabs?

Shish Tawooks is primarily chicken. Shish kebabs on the other hand can be chicken or beef.

What is a shish Tawook sandwich?

A shish Tawook sandwich is just what it sounds like and is a street food found in many Middle Eastern countries. Tawook in a sandwich form. Chicken kebab sandwich (made with the shish Tawook) lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and a garlic sauce.

top view chicken kebabs with a side of yogurt dip

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chicken kebabs on plate

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top view chicken shish tawook skewers on a long white dish

Authentic Shish Tawook

Chicken kebabs are marinated in an authentic Middle Eastern yogurt Marinade mix and grilled to perfection. Easy to make, juicy, and so delicious.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
marinade: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch chunks

Marinade:

  • ½ cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 lemon juiced + zest from half of it
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Optional to serve with: lettuce cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, yogurt, pita bread

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken breast into 1-inch chunks.
  • In a large bowl add all the marinade ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  • Stir in the chicken chunks.
  • Marinate for at least 30 minutes before threading the chicken onto skewers.
  • Preheat your grill or a large heavy-bottom grill pan to medium heat. Add skewers and grill, flipping them every couple of minutes; it should take about 10-12 minutes in total.
  • Serve with crunchy veggies, yogurt and warm pita bread if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe was inspired and adapted from my friend Feel Good Foodie
Storage: Shish Tawook is best served the same day. If you do have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You may reheat it in the microwave. If you prefer to reheat in a toaster oven, make sure you wrap up the chicken in foil to prevent them from drying out.
Marinade: The longer you marinate the chicken shish Tawook the better. At the very minimum, you should marinate for 30 minutes to 4 hours. If you can make it the night before and allow it to marinate in the fridge overnight that would be ideal.
Nutrition Facts: We use a computerized system to calculate the nutritional values. Please note that the values will vary based on the ingredients you use and substituted.

Nutrition

Serving: 1skewer | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 279IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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