Tender barbecue chicken kebabs

    4 hours 40 min

    Cubed chicken is marinated in lemon juice, yoghurt, garlic and a few herbs and spices, then barbecued. The yoghurt and lemon juice acts as a tenderiser, so you'll always get tender and moist chicken kebabs.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 175ml natural yoghurt
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 2 teaspoons tomato puree
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 900g skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets, cut into 5cm pieces
    • 2 onions, cut into large chunks
    • 1 large green pepper, cut into large chunks
    • 60g fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:4hr marinating  ›  Ready in:4hr40min 

    1. Whisk together the lemon juice, vegetable oil, natural yoghurt, garlic, tomato puree, 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 barbecue for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate. Thread the chicken, onions and pepper onto metal skewers. Cook on preheated barbecue until the chicken is golden and no longer pink in the centre, about 5 minutes each side. Sprinkle the parsley over the skewers.

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    Reviews in English (212)


    EXCELLENT! I just made this for dinner tonight and my husband & I were amazed. We used to order shish tawook all the time at a Lebanese restaurant in our old neighborhood. Now that we've moved, we haven't found a place that serves this so I've experimented with several other recipes and they were all disappointing. But this one is JUST RIGHT!!! Very authentic tasting. I modified it slightly to suit our (spicy) tastes by adding more oregano, a little dried mint, turmeric, and a couple dashes of cayenne pepper.  -  19 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Although this recipe had fewer reviews than the other shish tawook chicken recipe in allrecipes, i chose to try out this recipe as the ingredts in this recipe appeared more authentic. Im so glad tht i made the right choice - this shish tawook chicken was delicious! It was moist and full of flavour! I added a few more cloves of garlic, reduced the cinnamon to a pinch and added a few dashes or turmeric powder, cayenne pepper and paprika. My family had this for dinner with pita bread ( recipe from allrecipes ) and the dipping sauce ( from the other shish tawook recipe in allrecipes ) This recipe is a keeper!!  -  18 May 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was wonderful, delicious and very tender/moist. I did not have the allspice, so that was omitted. This recipe is SO MUCH better than another from this site, which claims to be authentic, yet uses katchup and mustard. Thanks!  -  23 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)