Shish Tawook (Chicken Kabobs)

This is a middle eastern dish that we find to be extremely delicious.  While it is mean to be served in a pita with hot cooked rice and toum (that garlic sauce/paste that is often included with just about every middle eastern dish at the restaurants), we find the meat to be delicious as a main dish on it’s own with different, most American-ized sides.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2tb chopped fresh parsley (or 1tb dried, but fresh is so much better)
  • 1tsp oregano (Again, fresh if possible)
  • salt and pepper
  • Hot, cooked rice
  • pita bread
  • toum


  1. Combine chicken, lemon juice, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper into a container with a lid or a zip top bag.  Let the chicken marinate overnight if possible, but at least an hour will do.
  2. Soak kebab sticks in water for 30 minutes before grilling.
  3. Thread the chunks on kebab sticks, or layer them in a grill basket, fry in a skillet, grill on a george forman, or place on a cookie sheet and bake or on a broiler pan at 350F for about 20 minutes.  Grilling imparts the best flavor, but other methods will do because the chicken is so good no matter how you prepare it.
  4. Cut pitas in half, fill bottom with rice.  Add some toum and as much chicken as you would like, and enjoy.

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