Chicken shish taouk

Shish taouk skewers on grillCHICKEN shish taouk is one of the tastiest chicken kebab-type recipes you’ll find. The name has Turkish origins but it is a common dish in virtually every Middle Eastern country, particularly Lebanon.

It is usually ordered as a sandwich – rolled in a pita bread with Lebanese garlic sauce (their version of aioli) and some gherkins, fries and salad.

Chicken shish taouk can also be served in a more refined manner on a plate with a side of rice and grilled vegetables.

INGREDIENTS

4 skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into strips
Half cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 cloves garlic, crushed
6 tablespoons plain yogurt
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine or cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
Half teaspoon ground ginger
Quarter teaspoon ground oregano
Quarter teaspoon ground cumin
Quarter teaspoon ground coriander
Half teaspoon paprika
Half teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
Half teaspoon tomato puree

Pita breads or bread wraps

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together. Place in a container, cover and allow to marinate in the fridge for at least four hours, or overnight if possible.
Skewer the chicken just before grilling and put the skewers on a medium-hot griddle pan for 12 minutes maximum (until browned – not burned black – in places), turning occasionally.
Remove them from the heat and, using a fork, strip the chicken from the skewers and immediately deposit them directly into a large, warm pot (Pyrex dish or other). Put on the lid tightly and allow to rest for 8-10 minutes – this helps the chicken become more moist (this step is optional).

SERVE

Take the grilled chicken shish tawook and spread equally across bread wraps or inside heated pitas. You can add gherkins (pickles), grilled tomatoes or grilled peppers. Roll up, as in a burrito, and enjoy. Eat as is (like a sandwich), or serve with rice and Greek-style salad (tomatoes, feta cheese, lettuce leaves, cucumber, olive oil and chopped fresh mint).

You can also toast the sandwich in a panini grill for 2-3 minutes.

“Bil-hanā’ wa ash-shifā’” – Enjoy your meal!

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