Shish Tawook is a popular Lebanese grilled chicken skewers recipe. It’s tender juicy chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon & garlic and served with pita bread
Shish Ta what?! It’s Shish Tawook! It’s a very popular dish from Lebanon, where both my parents are from. Although the dish is Lebanese, the origin of the name is from Turkey. Shish means skewers and tawook means chicken. The Ottoman (Turkish) Empire ruled Lebanon for a few hundred years. That explains some of the Turkish influence on Lebanese food!
How to make shish tawook
This recipe is all about the the marinade! I’ve played around with different options and this combination was my favorite!
Essentially the three most important ingredients in the marinade are yogurt, lemon juice and garlic (6 whole garlic cloves!). But I also like to add tomato paste to give it that rich red color, and some other middle-eastern spices including 7 spice, paprika, cinnamon, oregano and ginger.