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Shish Tawook (Grilled Chicken Skewers)

Shish tawook are Middle Eastern grilled chicken skewers that have been marinated in yogurt, lemon, garlic and spices.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish
Keyword: chicken tawook, shish taouk, shish tawook, shish tawook recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 444kcal
Author: Samantha Ferraro
Cost: $10




  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped finely or grated
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne optional if you like a bit of heat
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes


  • In a large bowl, whisk all the ingredients together except for the chicken.
  • Use paper towels to pat the chicken dry, this will help the marinade stick better.
  • Add chicken to marinade and mix well. Place plastic wrap over the bowl and place in refrigerator if marinating longer than an hour.
  • About 30 minutes before you're ready to grill, remove chicken from refrigerator and skewer onto metal skewers. (if using wood skewers, just make sure to soak them in water for an hour before grilling).
  • Once your grill or grill pan is nice and hot, skewer chicken and grill on first side for about 3-4 minutes or until deep golden and lightly charred, then turn over and grill other side until golden brown and charred.
  • Once done, remove from grill and let rest for at least 5 minutes. I like to place the tawook directly on top of lavash or pita bread to serve.
  • Serve shish tawook with pita or lavash bread or along side a salad.


This is a great make ahead recipe, you can marinate for as long as 24 hours and as little as 30 minutes.


Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 950mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 323IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg