shish tawook

Chicken Tawook

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Chicken Tawook is a popular Middle Eastern dish that is simple and delicious. Tender chicken chunks are marinated in a perfectly spiced and tangy sauce, then cooked to perfection!

shish tawook

Chicken Tawook

Traditionally, chicken tawook is threaded on skewers and cooked on the grill, and that’s where the name “Shish Tawook” comes from. Where shish translates to skewer and tawook is chicken. However, these skewers are pretty versatile and can be cooked on an outdoor or indoor grill or cooked on stovetop, especially in winter time when grilling is not an option. Below are the instructions for both ways of cooking.  

chicken tawook

How to Make Chicken Tawook- Shish Tawook:

This recipe is all about the marinade since it brings the majority of the flavor to these chicken tawook, with yogurt being the basic ingredient. Yogurt is what helps tenderize the chicken and reduces the cooking time. The rest of the ingredients include: apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, garlic, olive oil, paprika, oregano, salt and black pepper. Whisk together your ingredients for the marinade, you’ll get this light orange creamy sauce to toss in your chicken chunks. Soak for a minimum of two hours or up to overnight. Thread the deliciously marinated chicken onto your skewers or simply cook the chicken chunks on stovetop. 

Lebanese recipe for shish taouk marinade.

How Long is the Best Time to Marinade Shish Tawook?

If you marinate chicken for at least two hours, you will get a good taste of the flavors. However, the longer you leave it in the marinade, the stronger the flavors will become as they will soak into the chicken. If you can swing it, up to 8 hours of marinating is suggested for optimal soak time.

How to Cook Chicken Tawook: 

Stove Top: Using a stove top grilling pan or a regular pan, heat some olive oil on medium high heat.  Add the chicken tawook chunks, one piece at a time in a single layer (make sure not to overcrowd the pan). Cook on one side for about 3-5 minutes, using a pair of tongs flip each chicken and cook for another 3-5 minutes or until they are fully cooked. 

Grill: Pre heat the grill to 350 F. Thread the chicken tawook chucks onto pre soaked wooden skewers and grill for about 5-8 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. 

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How to Make Shish Tawook

Yield: 6

Chicken Tawook

shish tawook

Chicken Tawook is a popular Lebanese dish that is simple and delicious. Tender chicken chunks are marinated in a perfectly spiced, tangy yogurt sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken tenders or breasts- cut into large chunks 
  • ½ cup plain or greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves- minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste or ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Prepare the chicken:

  1. Cut the chicken breast into 1 1/2 inch pieces and place them in a large bowl. 
  2. In medium size bowl, add the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, tomato paste, salt, black pepper, paprika, and oregano. Whisk very well to combine.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken chunks and mix well to coat (make sure every single chicken piece is coated).
  4. Cover with the lid or a plastic wrap, and let rest/marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.


Cook the tawook:

  1. Stove Top: Using a stove top grilling pan or a regular pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat.  Add the chicken tawook chunks one piece at a time in a single layer (make sure not to overcrowd the pan). Cook on one side for about five minutes, using a pair of tongs flip each chicken and cook for another five minutes or until they are fully cooked. 
  2. Grill: Pre heat the grill to 350 F. Thread the chicken tawook chucks onto pre soaked wooden skewers and grill on for about 5-8 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 542mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 47g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

Comments (2)

  • Hi! I was wondering about this recipe, in terms of what to use. It states simply Apple Cider, so I assume that it’s just apple cider and not apple cider vinegar, yes? And when it comes to the herbs, like the oregano, this would be dried and not fresh, correct? Or would it be fresh oregano?
    Thanks.

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