Marinated and grilled shish tawook (hen on skewers) served over cooked quinoa with easy hummus and a cool, creamy tzatziki sauce.

We wish to serve this shish tawook with freshly baked pita chips and a straightforward cucumber tomato salad. This recipe is loaded with taste and good-for-you substances.

Overhead image of the shish tawook on skewers served over humus ready to be eaten

What does Shish Tawook imply?

Shish tawook (pronounced “shish too ik” or “shish ta wook”) originates from Lebanon the place it’s a highly regarded dish. Nevertheless, the title of this dish truly comes from Turkey; shish means skewers and tawook means hen. This marinated hen shish kebab is served in lots of cities all over the world. (Read more here).

Whereas I declare no authenticity (like in any respect!) with this recipe, I had shish tawook for the primary time touring this previous summer season and couldn’t get it out of my thoughts. A recreation was undoubtedly so as.

Image of the easy tzatziki sauce being made

What’s the distinction between shish tawook and shawarma?

Generally the 2 are confused, since they’re comparable! The largest distinction between shish tawook and shawarma is the spices which can be used within the marinade. Rooster shawarma depends on hotter spices (cinnamon, allspice, turmeric) and sometimes omits the lemon and yogurt from the marinade. 

Image of the fresh veggies that we serve on the side and the fresh hummus

How we wish to serve shish tawook

The hen is marinated in yogurt, lemon, oil, tomato paste, garlic, and is liberally seasoned with a myriad of spices. After marinating, it’s grilled (indoor or outside grill) and also you’re left with essentially the most tender, juicy, and flavorful hen. Really one of many tastier hen kabobs round!

Conventional shish tawook is usually served with toum (a garlic paste sauce), hummus, and tabbouleh. I like it with hummus (and undoubtedly advocate serving it with some), however we serve it with tzatizki as an alternative of the toum. (Though, be happy to make use of both! Or each!)

We additionally love serving the hen with baked pita chips (though common pita is nice too!) all on prime of a mattress of quinoa with cherry tomatoes and Persian cucumbers for a crunchy “garnish”. One chunk of this dish and also you’re going to need this recipe added to your dinner rotation! It’s change into certainly one of my all time favourite recipes.

Image of the chicken marinade being made and then the chicken being marinated and put on skewers

Recipe suggestions

  • Good high quality substances: good substances make a world of distinction (as for many dishes!). Make certain to get good yogurt (I like Greek Gods), Persian or English cucumbers, and I extremely advocate squeezing lemons to get contemporary lemon juice in addition to utilizing contemporary garlic cloves (versus pre-minced garlic). 
  • Hummus: when you can put together your individual hummus, I like to recommend shopping for it so this dish doesn’t change into overly complicated. Seize a superb store-bought hummus or use your favourite selfmade recipe.
  • Tzatziki: I like to recommend making ready this sauce when you’re making ready the hen. The longer this sauce can sit within the fridge, the extra time it has to develop deeper taste. It additionally makes throwing every thing collectively when able to eat that a lot simpler.
  • Once you take the shish tawook off the grill, instantly cowl it with foil. The foil with entice the moisture in and offer you even juicer hen.

Image of the cooked quinoa we serve these shish tawooks over

Easier hen dishes:

Fast recipe be aware:

Whereas it might seem to be quite a lot of substances, most of the substances overlap, however have been written out twice for clearer reader. And whereas there are a couple of elements to this shish tawook, it actually does come collectively shortly since you’ll put together the hen and tzatziki sauce as much as a day prematurely after which every thing else proper earlier than serving.

Shish Tawook

Marinated and grilled shish tawook (hen on skewers) served over cooked quinoa with easy hummus and a cool, creamy tzatziki sauce.

Course:

Dinner

Delicacies:

Lebanese

Key phrase:

hen tawook, shish tawook

Servings: 4 servings

Energy: 456 kcal

Elements

Rooster

  • 1
    massive
    juicy lemon
    (1/Four cup juice)
  • 1/4
    cup
    olive oil
    (can even use vegetable oil)
  • 3/4
    cup
    plain full fats yogurt
  • 5
    cloves
    garlic,
    finely minced
  • 1
    tablespoon
    tomato paste
  • 1/2
    tablespoon
    purple wine vinegar
  • 1
    teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    paprika
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    floor allspice
  • 2
    kilos
    skinless boneless hen breasts,
    reduce into even 2 inch items
  • Nice sea salt & freshly cracked pepper

For Serving

  • 1
    cup
    raw quinoa + 2 cups water or hen broth
  • 1
    container
    hummus
    (or make your individual)
  • 3
    Persian cucumbers,
    (or 1 massive English cucumber) halved after which thinly sliced
  • 1
    cup
    cherry tomatoes,
    halved

Pita Chips (Non-obligatory)

  • 4
    items
    white pita bread
  • 3
    tablespoons
    olive oil

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1
    persian cucumber (or 1/Three of 1 English cucumber)
    (1/2 cup grated)
  • 1/2
    cup
    plain full fats Greek yogurt
  • 1
    teaspoon
    minced garlic
  • 1 and 1/2
    teaspoons
    purple wine vinegar
  • 1
    massive
    lemon
    (1/2 teaspoon zest and 1 tablespoon juice)
  • 1 and 1/2
    tablespoons
    olive oil

Directions

  1. MARINATE CHICKEN: Put together the hen breasts by patting dry with paper towel. Reduce into even 2-inch items and place in a big bowl. In a separate bowl, mix all of the marinade substances: 1/Four cup lemon juice, 1/Four cup olive oil, 3/Four cup yogurt, 5 cloves of finely minced garlic, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1/2 tablespoon purple wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/Four teaspoon floor allspice, salt and pepper (to style; I add 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/Four teaspoon pepper). Whisk till mixed after which pour over the hen. Stir to generously coat the hen after which cowl the hen and chill. Marinate for 2-24 hours.

  2. TZATZIKI: After making the hen marinade, make this sauce so it could possibly chill and flavors can develop earlier than serving. Grate a cucumber with the massive holes in a cheese grater. Line a small bowl with a couple of paper towels (or clear kitchen towel) and place the grated cucumber on prime. Squeeze out as a lot additional moisture as you possibly can from the cucumber (to maintain the sauce from being watery). As soon as it is drained add to a medium sized bowl. Add within the Greek yogurt, minced garlic, purple wine vinegar, first half of lemon (1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice), olive oil, and salt and pepper to style (I add 1/Four teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper). Place within the fridge till able to serve. Whisk with a fork proper earlier than serving.

  3. COOK CHICKEN: Preheat an indoor or outside grill for medium-high warmth (400-450 levels F on an out of doors grill) and generously oil the grates. Thread the hen onto metallic or picket skewers (if utilizing picket you’ll want to soak them in water first). Prepare dinner on preheated grill till the hen is golden and not pink within the heart, about 5 minutes per facet.

  4. PITA CHIPS & TOMATO/CUCUMBER: Preheat the oven to 400 levels F. Line a big baking pan with silpat liner or parchment paper. Reduce every pita into eight triangles and prepare evenly on the ready baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the triangles after which flip them over. Use a pastry brush to brush the oil evenly onto the pita bread. Sprinkle with salt (I exploit about 1/Four teaspoon). Bake for 10 minutes, flipping the pita bread on the opposite facet midway by bake time. Serve heat with the hen. For the tomato/cucumber salad, add the halved tomatoes and thinly sliced halved cucumbers to a bowl. Drizzle on a bit of olive oil and sprinkle on some salt and pepper (all to style).

  5. ASSEMBLE: With the again of a spoon, unfold hummus on the bottom of Four massive plates. Divide quinoa evenly among the many plates. Divide hen skewers evenly among the many plates. Add even components of tomato + cucumber and at last drizzle even components of tzatiki sauce (or serve on the facet) over plates. Divide up the pita chips. Season particular person plates with salt, pepper and lemon juice as wanted. Serve instantly.

Recipe tailored from AllRecipes.

Nutrition facts in shish tawook

Is shish tawook wholesome?

Above are the vitamin details for this recipe; it consists of the hen, marinade, and quinoa since all different additions to the bowl will fluctuate vastly from product to product. Additionally be aware that not all of the marinade is consumed so numbers are barely inflated. Shish tawook is a superb wholesome recipe with healthful, good substances!