If I had to pick a favorite Lebanese dish, as a Lebanese, Shish Tawouk is probably number one followed by chicken shawarma. Shish Tawouk is a perfect example of Lebanese cuisine as it is filled with flavor from the popular seven spices and Shish Tawouk spices, as well as a rich garlic-y taste from the chicken marinade and toum.
Usually in Lebanon we eat Shish Tawouk in a pita bread wrap, with pickles and other vegetables of your choosing, and topping it with a drizzle of extra sauce and toum. And of course like I always say – it’s not a real Shish Tawouk sandwich unless the sauce is dripping down your elbows! ❤
This meal would go great with hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, or any other side of your choosing! The spice mixes can either be ordered online, or made at home.
This recipe serves 3.
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 ripe tomato
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons plain Greek yoghurt
- 1 ½ tablespoon Shish Tawouk spice mix
- ½ tablespoon seven spices
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ tablespoon paprika
- Cut the chicken breast into small cubes, and rinse well
- Blend the tomato and garlic cloves until smooth
- Add the tomato puree to the chicken cubes
- Add the olive oil, lemon juice, yoghurt, spices, salt and paprika to the chicken
- Using a spoon stir continuously until mixed well
- Refrigerate chicken in a zip-lock back for 4-6 hours or overnight
- Wrap chicken in aluminum foil and place it in a preheated oven of 250 degrees Fahrenheit, or 180 degrees Celsius.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take out when sauce is thickened, making sure not to dry up chicken.
- Serve in wrap bread of your choice with vegetables of your choosing, using the toum as a spread.
For recipe for toum please visit here.
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What are the “Seven Spices”?
“Arabic seven spice blend is the third blend in my herb and spice blend series. It is used heavily in the Levantine cuisine, particularly in Syrian and Lebanese recipes. As the name implies, there are 7 spices that make up this blend and give it its signature flavor that is used to add an irresistible middle eastern touch to soups, tomato sauces, rice pilafs, and couscous. You can also use it as a rub for meat and chicken…”
To read more on what the Seven Spices blend is and where it comes from, check out the blog A Chef in Disguise at: https://chefindisguise.com/2015/04/26/arabic-seven-spice-blend/
Check out how you can mix your own tablespoon of seven spices at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/216191/lebanese-seven-spices/
How can I make the Shish Tawouk spice mix?
Check out how can you mix your own Shish Tawouk spice mix at https://www.iga.net/en/inspiring_recipes/recipes/shish_taouk_spice_blend