Shish Taouk (Marinated Chicken Skewers)

These flavoursome nibbles can also be made with skinless boned chicken thighs. Toum, the garlicky accompaniment, is a must.


  • 600g skinless chicken breasts, cut into large cubes
  • lemon wedges, to serve
  • Marinade
  • 1 tsp double-concentrated tomato purée
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ½ onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • Large pinch ground white pepper


  1. Put all the marinade ingredients in a small food processor or spice grinder and whiz to a thick paste. Place in a large mixing bowl and add the chicken cubes. Stir well, cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
  2. Preheat the grill to its highest setting, or prepare a barbecue. Thread the chicken pieces on to skewers (if you're using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 1 hour beforehand). Place under the grill or on the barbecue and grill for 4-5 minutes each side or until cooked through and slightly charred. Arrange the chicken on a platter with the lemon wedges and serve hot or warm with salad and the toum.
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus marinating
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes 20 minutes

Serves: 8, as part of a spread of mezze

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This recipe was first published in Thu Jul 01 01:00:00 BST 2004.