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Shish Taouk (Syrian Chicken Skewers)


Adapted recipe by tarasmulticulturaltable
Original recipe by An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair by Faith Gorsky

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  • 4 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts



Step 1

In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, tomato paste, paprika, cayenne, allspice, and black pepper.

Using a mortar and pestle, crush garlic cloves with the salt. Add to the marinade.

Cut chicken into 1"-2" pieces. Coat with the marinade and refrigerate 1-4 hours.

Pierce the chicken onto the skewers, wiping off any excess marinade. Grill until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes.

Serve with flatbread, vegetables, and garlic mayonnaise

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