Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A Taste of Canada ~ Shish Taouk

Now here's something I've never tried . . . yet! But it sure sounds good. I wonder if any of the many new restaurants opening up lately serve this?

What is Shish Taouk?

Shish taouk is a traditional marinated chicken shish kebab of Ottoman cuisine that later became part of Middle Eastern cuisine. It is widely eaten in the Middle East and Caucasus. A similar dish in Persian cuisine is the traditional jujeh kabab.

So if I ordered a chicken kebab would I be eating shish Taouk?

I found this recipe online and it sounds really good.  I have not tried it yet.  Let me know if you do.

Try this Authentic Shish Tawook recipe - a popular Lebanese grilled chicken skewers recipe. It's tender juicy chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon and garlic.

 Course Main Course

 Cuisine Mediterranean

 Prep Time 10 minutes

 Cook Time 18 minutes

 Total Time 28 minutes

 Servings 6 servings

 Calories 276kcal

 AuthorYumna Jawad


Mixing Bowl Set

Grill Pan


2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut into large chunks

½ cup plain whole milk yogurt

¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup olive oil

6 garlic cloves crushed

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon paprika

¾ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper


In a large bowl, add the ingredients for the marinade (yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, tomato paste, all the seasoning and salt/pepper) and whisk to combine.

Place the chicken cubes in the same bowl and coat the chicken in the marinade. Cover, and let rest/marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

Thread the chicken on skewers right before grilling. Add one wedge of onions to each skewer, if desired.

Grill on medium heat for 5-8 minutes per side.

Serve with pita bread, lettuce and garlic sauce, if desired.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Equipment: If you want to make these on grill pan, I highly recommend the Anolon grill pan that I use (affiliate link)

Make Ahead: You can make the marinade about 3 days in advance and you can marinate the chicken in the marinade for up to 24 hours in advance.

Nutritional Data: 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. It does not include the garlic sauce or the pita bread.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 648mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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