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Authentic Shish Tawook - Lebanese Chicken Kebabs

  • Author: Cosette's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 6" skewers 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


Tangy, tender and flavorful Chicken Shish Tawook (Taouk) is a common grilled dish in Lebanon. Marinated with a combination of yogurt, garlic toum and spices it's flavor packed. You won't go back to eating plain chicken again! 


Units Scale
  • 2.5 pounds of chicken breast (or thighs) cut into 1.5" cubes
  • 6" wooden or metal skewers
  • 3/4 cup plain full-fat yogurt*
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice of 2 lemons, 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup toum (sub 15 cloves minced garlic)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (sweet or smoked, your preference)
  • 1 teaspoon sumac spice (add an additional zest of 1 lemon if you don't have)
  • 2 teaspoons Diamond kosher salt*
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Begin by preparing your chicken, cut into large cubes about 1.5" each, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all your marinade ingredients and whisk until fully combined.
  3. Place your chicken cubes into marinade, cover and set in fridge for 4-12 hours.
  4. When ready to cook, remove from fridge and place 4-5 pieces of chicken on your skewer (more if using a larger skewer).
  5. Heat your grill, grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Grease your grill grates or drizzle a little oil on your skillet or flat top grill.
  6. Place shish tawook skewers on heated grill and allow each side to cook for about 4 minutes, rotating on all 4 sides until charred and fully cooked through.
  7. Chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit if using a thermometer, if you don't have a thermometer, remove one piece of chicken, cut and make sure it is fully white on the inside.
  8. Remove from grill and cover with foil to keep juices and moisture locked.
  9. Enjoy with additional toum and pita! 


  • If using Morton's kosher salt, reduce to 1.5 teaspoons - if using table salt, reduce to 1 teaspoon
  • If omitting the yogurt, be sure to increase your toum or olive oil to 1/3 cup
  • Feel free to add onion chunks in between your chicken on the skewers.

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