Delicious boneless chicken kebab on skewer served on arabic pita bread
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Yummy Chicken Shish Tawook Recipe

Try your hands at this popular middle-eastern grilled shish tawook recipe. Enjoy the succulent pieces of chicken perfectly marinated in a drool-worthy mix of yogurt, lemon, and garlic. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East
Keyword: Shish tawook
Appliance: Grilling Pan, Skewers
Servings: 6
Author: Sakina Kheriwala


  • 2 lb chicken breast cut into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces

For the Marinade

  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

For the Skewers

  • 6-7 wooden skewers soaked in water


  • In a small bowl, mix all the marinade ingredients together. 
  • Place the cubed chicken into a flat, sealable container and pour the marinade over the chicken. Mix the chicken with the marinade to be sure all the pieces are well-coated.
  • Cover the container and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, up or overnight, whatever be your preference. 
  • Preheat your grill to medium heat, roughly 350ºF. You should be able to hold your hand about 3 inches from the cooking grate for about 6-7 seconds.
  • Thread the chicken pieces onto the soaked skewers, pressing the pieces up against each other.
  • Grill the chicken skewers for 8-10 minutes each side, until the chicken is cooked golden.
  • Serve the shish tawook with pita bread and sliced tomatoes or with rice and grilled vegetables.
    Chicken skewers with vegetables placed together on a black stone surface


  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 
  • Marinade the chicken for a minimum of 4 hours, but preferably overnight in the refrigerator to allow the chicken to tenderize. It makes the chicken more juicy and flavorful. 
  • If you are using bamboo sticks for grilling, it is best advised to soak it in water for at least 30-45 minutes. 
  • You can reheat the skewers once, and if you do, it is best to cover with foil so that they don't dry out. 
  • You can substitute the spices used in this recipe with a za'atar spice mix if you so prefer, but this is solely based on your preference.