Friday, 8 March 2013

Shish Tawouk (Lebanese chicken skewers) + garlic paste

Shish tawouk can be found in many Lebanese fast food restaurants, as it makes a delicious, filling sandwich, and once you have the chicken marinated, it is super quick to prepare. I have also shown how to make the garlic paste that goes beautifully with the shish tawouk chicken.

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 4-5 people
  • Prep time: 4+ hours (due to the marinating time)
  • Cooking time: 12-15 mins
What you will need:

Shish tawouk

2 boneless chicken, cut into cubes
Juice of two lemons
7 cloves of garlics, crushed
3 tbsp plain yoghurt
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp white/black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground thyme/oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp tomato puree
Optional: Arabic bread for serving, alongside chips, pickles, ketchup etc

Garlic paste

5 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp yoghurt
drizzle of olive oil

How to make:

1) Place all the ingredients into a bowl, cover, and leave to marinate for 4 hours in the fridge (the longer the better)

2) Place the chicken onto skewers, and grill over medium heat for 12-15 mins

3) Remove from the grill and allow the chicken to rest for 5-10 mins. 

4) In the meantime, prepare the garlic paste by combining all the ingredients into a smooth mixture (placing it in the food processor for a professional finish)

5) If you are eating the shish tawouk as a sandwich, place the garlic paste first, then add the chicken and any extras, and either serve as it is, or toast it for 2-3 mins

The garlic paste and extras to go with shish tawouk
Aligning in the sandwich

You will love this, absolutely delicious! I only managed to marinate the chicken for 1 hour because of time constraints, but leaving it for longer ensures the chicken has enough time to absorb all the yummy flavours! Enjoy :)


  1. This was the best sandwich ever.....marinating for 1 hour was more than juicy and yummy *faints*

    1. Awwww thanks so much :) reallllly glad you enjoyed it alhamdulilah, so did I :D