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Shish Taouk (Chicken kebabs) - شيش طاووق

Shish Taouk is marinated chicken cut into cubes or big chunks and marinated at least overnight then baked, grilled or even cooked on the stove surface. The main ingredient of the marinade is garlic!!! Shish Taouk is normally put on skewers and grilled but this time I wanted to bake it in the oven since we were not having a barbecue. I served it with home made french fries.

Serves about 4
1 pound of chicken cut in cubes (I normally like chicken breasts)
1 cup of plain yogurt
5 or more cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon of tomato sauce
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup of Olive oil (or canola oil)
Salt & pepper to taste.

In a bowl add the chicken and all the ingredients above, mix all ingredients very well and place in the refrigerator overnight or all day. You can also stack this in the freezer and use it whenever you want.
Bake in the oven until the chicken is fully cooked but don't let it dry. Or put on skewers and grill (I will post the grilled version soon too). Shish Taouk can be served on pita bread or tortilla and rolled as wraps with coleslaw and fries. You can get creative!!!!!!


  1. Marhaba Mag,
    Shou hal helou
    Excellent, I like the blog and the photos, and I am very proud to see another Lebanese cook sharing her recipes.
    if you have the time visit my blog

    I am inviting all the arab cooks to join me in crating an arabic cooking team representing our food, and our countries... so far i have 4 ladies who are interested in the idea, I like to invite you as well, and you can invite other cooks you know .
    let me know... nice meeting you

  2. am going to try this for a bbq (I bbq chicken all the time) it looks good but have never tried yogurt in a marinade before...My favorite marinade that I use is bottled italian dressing but will try this out for variation

  3. - Marhaba Arlette :) Thank you sooo much for stopping by. I emailed you, would love to join, and I love your blog!

    - Halla, thanks for stopping by as well. I hope you'll like this marinade ;)

  4. So easy and tasty! I enjoy chicken kebabs anytime, any variety.

  5. - Hi Deeba! Thanks a lot :)))
    - Nihal, thank you so much, glad you like it :)

  6. my first time here, delighted to go read your blog. Used to live in Dubai some years ago and we simply love middle eastern cuisine. Finally I have some place where I can refer the recipes of some of our favourite dishes :)

  7. Hello, Aquadaze :) Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving this nice comment. I'm happy you like my blog.

  8. Mmmm that sounds and looks delicious! I might have to give it a try at home :-)

  9. It's great to read about Lebanese version of one of my favorite kababs. We make shish chicken kabab too, our our marinade it in lots of onion and salt only. Lebanese version l0oks and sounds delicious too!

  10. Tinsie, Thanks you so much for stoping by :)

    Farida, Oh that's awesome! I love your version too, we have so much in common!

  11. Thank you Summer!!! Your recipes are always wonderful too :)

  12. Bonjour wa shukran, ya Mag! Ana ahd fil Dubai, wa zawjeti Masriya. Although she is an excellent cook when it comes to Masri fare- kebab (reásh); ro'a; wara eynab -etc, she doesn't know how to do tawouk, which happens to be my favorite bbq fare. Your recipe has been most useful. All the other recipes I have found on the Net have been adapted by Western palates, so its gr8 to find an authentic tawouk recipe by someone who is an obvious expert. Merci.
    Ostez Inglizi

  13. Looks so good! Makes me hungry :-)

  14. To Ostez Inglizi :)
    Thank you so much for the wonderful comment you left on my blog :)

    Mona, thanks you so much for visiting my blog. I'm glad you like this recipe :)

  15. O machAllah MAG I love shish tawouk ... now I can *try* to make it at home enchallah!

  16. Thanks Heni!!!! I'm glad you like Shish Taouk :) Listen, I could not access your blog concerning the Walima Club, email us please, me or any member of the club. Looking forward for you to join us!

  17. Tonight I'm making tawouk as per your recipe for the 5th time. Always turns out to be a success. I can now make it without having to refer to your recipe anymore. By the way, it tastes good on both a charcoal bbq and an electric indoor grill. I alternate between making your tawouk and Irani joojeh kebab - both are in my opinion, the best things that can be done with chicken. Mag, do you have any fish recipes that are barbecue oriented? By the way, I barbecued in the Dubai heat at the weekend. Middle Eastern food only - made my own kofta; re-ash; tomato lamb cubes; tabouli -etc. It was about around 36 degrees celcius when I did the grilling in the evening - ana hamoot! Anyways, the tawouk was the usual success. Thanks.

    Ostes Inglizi

  18. Bonjour! Was at Suez Canal area last week, and had a bbq with wife's family. The 6th batch of tawouk was...yep, you guessed outstanding success. The Egyptians couldn't stop complimenting the recipe. Anyhows, gottsa run, as I'm working on the 7th batch of tawouk now.

    Ostez Inglizi (barbecue addict)

  19. 8th batch of tawouk coming up... ;-)
    Ostes I.

  20. Hello mag

    ur blog is very interesting. I'm trying this recipe today itself and will let u know tmrw how the shish turns out.I absolutely love Lebanese food.can't wait to try this one out!!

  21. Ostez Inglizi going strong with his 25th batch of tawouk made with your recipe ;-). 48 degrees celcius outside in Dubai today - perfect bbq weather.

  22. three years after discovering your tawouk recipe, Ostez Inglizi is on about the 40th batch and still going strong :-) . Perfect bbq weather - 41 celcius outside. Its cooling down. Eid Mubarik.

  23. Four years later, and my 55th batch of Mag's wonderful tawouk. I still cannot get enough of it! I know the recipe by heart now :)

    Mr Inglizi



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