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Grilled chicken skewers served on a plate

Shish Tawook | Grilled Chicken Skewers

Tender chicken breast pieces marinated in yogurt, spices and tomato paste, grilled to perfection. Serve as a side or part of the main course, these shish tawook skewers make a delicious weeknight family meal. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine middle eastern
Keyword chicken skewers, grilled chicken, middle eastern, shish taook
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 7 -10 skewers


Makes 7-10 skewers

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


  • Start by combining all ingredients together except for the chicken to form the marinade. Mix well.
  • Cut the chicken breast into approximately 2 inch cubes and add to the marinade. Rub well.
  • Cover and allow chicken to marinate in the fridge at least 1 hour, preferably overnight. Take out 30 mins before cooking to bring it to room temperature.
  • Skewer the chicken onto metal skewers (or you can use wood skewers but ensure to soak them in water before using for 1 hour)
  • Grill the chicken on a stove top skillet or grill pan on medium heat for about 5-6 mins on each side. Ensure chicken is white and cooked through.
  • Serve with sumac onions, vegetables and pita bread.