Shish Tawook

Also known as Middle Eastern Chicken Skewers, this grilled chicken recipe comes together with everyday ingredients, including a yogurt-based marinade.


- Chicken breasts - Greek yogurt - Tomato paste - Fresh garlic cloves - Olive oil - Lemon zest - Lemon juice - Cumin - Dried oregano - Salt & pepper

Prep Chicken


Remove any residual skin and fat from your chicken, then slice it into one-inch chunks. Transfer your sliced chicken cubes into a large bowl, and set it aside.

Make the yogurt marinade

In a bowl, mix yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, ground cumin, dried oregano, paprika, tomato paste, salt, and black pepper.


Add the chicken

Pour the marinade over the chicken and toss the mixture until each piece of chicken has an even coating of marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate.


Soak the skewers

If you are using bamboo or wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before assembling the chicken kebabs.


Preheat the grill

Set the burners to medium-high, and let it preheat for 10 minutes. Use tongs to dip a wad of paper towel into the olive oil and thoroughly wipe the grates.


Assemble the skewers

Thread the meat through the skewers, tapping off any excess marinade. If you have any thin pieces, fold them before threading to ensure even cooking.



Place the chicken skewers onto the oiled grate in a single, even layer. Cover the grill and cook for 12-15 minutes, rotating the skewers every five minutes.


Check doneness

Check doneness by inserting a meat thermometer in a few of the chicken pieces. They are fully cooked if they reached 165 degrees F.


Rest and serve

Place a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over the grilled chicken skewers and let it rest for 10 minutes. Serve!


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Be sure to check out the blog post for ingredient substitutions, serving and storage suggestions.

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