Recipe marinade chicken shish-taouk

Recipe marinade chicken shish-taouk

Shish-taouk is a classic Syrian and Lebanese street food, dish found on the menus of many Middle Eastern restaurants. Perfect for dinner with tabbouleh and garlic sauce.
Since not all of us have a vertical rotisserie at home like the ones found in Middle Eastern fast food restaurants, we cook our shish-taouk chicken on skewers instead (on the barbecue, in the oven or in the pan!).
Our recipe for shish-taouk marinade, ideal for roasted or grilled chicken, is based on yogurt and olive oil enhanced with a mixture of garlic and shish-taouk spices.

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4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

125 ml (½ cup) plain yogurt

60 ml (½ cup) lemon juice

3 tbsp. olive oil

½ tsp. tablespoons shish-taouk spices (recipe p. 95)

½ tsp. salt

3 large chicken breasts (800 g), cut into large 2.5 cm (1 in.) cubes


In a bowl, combine the garlic, yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, shish-taouk spices and salt. Add the chicken cubes, mix, cover and refrigerate. Let the chicken marinate for 5 to 6 hours or overnight, then thread the cubes onto flat metal skewers.

Heat the barbecue. Oil the grill.

Grill the skewers for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked and well grilled.

Serve with the garlic sauce (recipe p. 156).


You can accompany your shish-taouk with grilled vegetables or chilli pitas (recipe p. 139).

Excerpt from the book "Syrian cuisine, cuisine from the heart" p.155

Shish-taouk spices




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