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Shish Taouk (Syrian Chicken Skewers)

A recipe for Shish Taouk (Syrian Chicken Skewers) from the cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
Course Main
Cuisine Syrian
Keyword chicken, poultry, Shish Taouk, skewers, Syria, Syrian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 3 -4 Servings


  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste optional
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  • In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, tomato paste, paprika, cayenne, allspice, and black pepper.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, crush garlic cloves with the salt. Add to the marinade.
  • Cut chicken into 1"-2" pieces. Coat with the marinade and refrigerate 1-4 hours.
  • Pierce the chicken onto the skewers, wiping off any excess marinade. Grill until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes.
  • Serve with flatbread, vegetables, and garlic mayonnaise (toum).