Shish Tawook {شيش طاووق}

It’s been a beautiful summer so far full of sunshine and warm breeze. When it gets too  hot we love to cook outside as often as possible.

Shish Tawook is  popular grilled  chicken in Lebanon and surrounding countries. Each area marinates with a little twist unique to the region. In our home this recipe is our go to for juicy tawook.

To get perfectly marinated juicy shish tawook the secret is in the timing. the longer the chicken sits in the marinate the better. We recommend you let sit in the fridge over night or at least 4 hours. To prepare simply cut up the chicken breast into chunks, mix with the marinate and let sit until ready to grill. Before grilling skewer the chicken and you’re set.

Fire up your grill because this shish tawook recipe is a crowd pleaser.

Prep time: 10 minutes
marinate time: 4-8 hours
Grill time: 10-14 minutes
Serves: 6-8


3 lb boneless chicken breast
2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 cup garlic sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp salt

You will also need

  • Skewers: use either metal skewers (which are our preference) or wooden skewers (just give time to soak for 15 minutes before use to reduce burning).


  1. Cut chicken breast into large chunks and set aside.
  2. In a bowl add all the ingredients for the marinate and mix to combine.
    Tip: If you don’t have a garlic sauce sub with mayonnaise and 6 cloves minced garlic.
  3. Place chicken in bowl and evenly coat with marinate. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight or at least 4 hours.
    Tip: You can marinate up to 24 hours before ready to grill.
  4. Prepare the chicken when ready to grill.
  5. Heat grill to medium high heat; thread chicken evenly on skewers.
    Tip: you can make this recipe indoors by using electric grill or grill pan.
  6. Grill shish tawook for about 5-7 minutes per side until golden and cooked through.
  7. Serve warm with garlic sauce, pickles, fries, pita bread, and fattoush or tabouli.


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