Shish Tawook chicken, a traditional Lebanese dish, becomes juicy and tender from a simple marinade of fresh lemon juice and garlic.
If I could eat one food every single day for the rest of my life, it would be Lebanese food, without a doubt. Shish Tawook Chicken (also spelled shish taouk), a native dish of Lebanon and Syria, is marinated chicken breasts that are typically grilled on skewers. Since we live in Michigan where the grill is covered in snow 75% of the year, for most of the year we sauté the chicken in a pan with a little olive oil. I’ve also broiled the chicken in the oven which works well, too.
- Chicken breasts: Large, moist, and meaty part of the chicken that is easily accessible and affordable. Chicken thighs would work as well.
- Lemon juice: Bright and acidic, it works as a great natural tenderizer for meat.
- Lemon zest: Fresh, intense citrus flavor without any of the bitterness.
- Garlic: Nutty, earthy, and strong flavor that pairs well with lemon.
- Olive oil: A great addition to any marinade to add volume to help coat the chicken.
How to Make Shish Tawook Chicken
Start your Shish Tawook Chicken by using a microplane to freshly grate your garlic into a large bowl.
Next drizzle in the olive oil.
Then, using a zester or microplane, freshly zest one lemon into the bowl.
Juice the same lemon used to zest, and add it to the bowl.
Add in some salt and pepper for taste, then give it a little whisk.
Add your cubed chicken to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated in the marinade. Let sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes, but you could do this the night before as well.
When ready to cook, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat and add a bit of olive oil. Add the chicken along with any remaining marinade to the pan, and cook until lightly brown.
Serve your Shish Tawook Chicken garnished with fresh parsley, and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the difference between chicken shawarma and chicken tawook?
The biggest difference is that chicken shawarma uses warmer spices, and usually more of them than chicken tawook.
Is shish tawook healthy?
It’s relatively low in calories and fat, making it a great healthy recipe to add to your dinner rotation.
How do you store leftover tawook chicken?
Kept in an airtight container in the fridge, leftovers will keep for up to 4 days.
More Lebanese REcipes
- Classic Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts
- Garlicky Greens with Caramelized Onions (Hindbeh)
- Grilled Chicken Shawarma
- Lebanese Hushwee Rice
- Roasted Garlic Hummus
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Shish Tawook Chicken
- 20 ounces boneless (skinless chicken breasts – cut in cubes)
- 1 juice and zest of lemon
- 2 cloves garlic (grated)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- fresh parsley to serve
- Place chicken breasts cubes in a glass bowl or large resealable plastic bag.
- Add lemon juice, zest, grated garlic, salt and pepper to the chicken toss until chicken is evenly coated with marinade. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or up to overnight.
- Heat pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken to the pan along with all of the marinade. Sauté chicken, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes.
- Serve with fresh minced parsley on top.
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