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Mashawy: Shish Tawook – Bbq: Shish Tawook Recipe

Yields1 ServingPrep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins

Shish tawook are grilled chicken skewers from the Middle East that have been marinated in yogurt, lemon, and warm spices to produce a flavorful and vibrant kabob.

 200 g Chicken breasts (cubes)
  tsp Salt
  tsp Black pepper
 ¼ tsp Arabic mixed spice (or All Spice)
  tsp Cinnamon (powder)
 ½ Garlic cloves
 ½ tbsp Yoghurt (full fat)
 ½ tbsp Lemon juice
 ¼ tbsp Olive oil
 Tomatoes (optional)
 Onions (optional)

Marinate the chicken using all the spices, crushed garlic, yoghurt, lemon juice and olive oil. If you have the time, let it marinate overnight in the fridge, but in a rush 3 to 4 hours is fine. Tip: It’s best to use your hands to make sure it’s mixed together well.


When you skewer, put the cubes next to each other but don’t pack them together tightly.


Skewer the onions through the width, and the tomatoes through the core.


Put the chicken cubes directly on the BBQ grill and flip them over to cook evenly on all sides. The same goes for the tomato and onion skewers. Note: Cooking time really depends on your grill, but it’s approximately it’s 15-20 minutes for the shish tawook, the onions and tomatoes take a bit longer.