Shish Tawook (Lebanese Chicken Skewers)

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Shish Tawook is a traditional marinated chicken shish kebab of Middle Eastern cuisine. It is widely eaten in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and Israel. The dish is eaten either as a sandwich or on a platter with fresh or roasted vegetables, sometimes with it is serves with rice or French fries. The Syrian and Lebanese versions are usually served with toum (a garlic paste sauce), hummus and tabbouleh. The sandwich version comes generally in a flatbread and usually accompanied by lettuce, tomatoes, and pickled turnips. 


1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1  teaspoon Mediterranean Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Greek Oregano
2 teaspoons Lebanese Seven Spice Blend
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves - cut into 2 inch pieces
2 yellow onions, cut into large chunks
1 large green bell pepper, cut into large chunks
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, yogurt, garlic, tomato paste, salt, Lebanese Seven Spice, oregano in a large bowl; add the chicken and toss to coat. Transfer the chicken mixture into a large plastic bag; refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Preheat barbecue grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate. Thread the chicken, onions, and pepper onto metal skewers or bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 15 minutes to keep them from burning. Cook until the chicken is golden and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes each side. Sprinkle the parsley over the skewers.

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