Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken


These are served in every restaurant in the Middle East. You can easily make them at home and make them taste just as good, if not better. Don't substitute sour cream for the yogurt, as the yogurt is a meat tenderizer.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
6 kabobs


  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup plain yogurt

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 2 inch pieces

  • 2 onions, cut into large chunks

  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into large chunks

  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Whisk together the lemon juice, vegetable oil, plain yogurt, garlic, tomato paste, salt, oregano, pepper, allspice, cinnamon, and cardamom in a large bowl; add the chicken and toss to coat. Transfer the chicken mixture into a large plastic bag; refrigerate at least 4 hours.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate. Thread the chicken, onions, and pepper onto metal skewers. Cook on preheated grill until the chicken is golden and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes each side. Sprinkle the parsley over the skewers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

299 Calories
13g Fat
10g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 299
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 702mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 44mg 221%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 535mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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