Shish Taouk is a traditional Middle Eastern chicken shish kebab. The yogurt marinade includes garlic, paprika, fresh herbs, ginger and lemon juice.
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Shish taouk is a traditional chicken kebab in the Middle East. It is favored in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and Israel. Shish means skewer in Arabic and Taouk means chicken in Turkish. As with many traditional dishes, each region and even family will have their own spin. The common theme with Shish taouk is that it is made of chicken and the marinade includes lemon and yogurt. Sometimes tomato paste is added, mostly for color enhancement.
If you follow this blog, you will likely suspect that I am obsessed with kebab recipes. You wouldn’t be wrong.
If you are up for something different, there are many types of kebab. Nigerian Chicken Suya uses chopped peanuts in both their spicy marinade and their after seasoning. Moroccan Chicken and Pineapple Kebab utilizes traditional Moroccan flavors such as cumin, coriander, harissa and paprika. Persian Beef Koobideh is a different kind of kebab. It uses large flat skewers to barbecue ground meat and onions similar to a kofta.
Any of these kebab recipes would go great with Buckwheat Pilaf.
As with most kebabs you simply marinate, skewer and cook close to a heat source. Kebabs are best over a wood or charcoal fire. This isn’t practical for everyday cooking so I cook mine under my heating element in my oven. I just line a baking sheet with foil, place a rack on top and place the skewers on the rack. The whole thing goes in the oven about 4 inch below the heating element. This time I have an electric oven but this works wonderfully under a gas broiler too.
If you try this recipe let me know how you like it. Are you crazy about kebabs too?
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