The best thing about shish taouk (grilled chicken breast cut into cubes) is that you can marinate it whichever way you desire, there is no one recipe. This time I decided to go herby. I used thyme, and instead of squeezing the lemons, I used them whole. Frankly, they were yummilicious! And to complement shish taouk, you can’t but have hummus! I worked from scratch, i.e. didn’t use canned chickpea cream but worked with fresh ingredients.
To marinate chicken for 6 skewers, you need:
- 500g boneless chicken breasts cut into cubes
- 1 lemon cut into 8 cubes
- 3 garlic cloves, pound into a cream
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp thyme
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 zucchini cut into thick circles (optional – I just wanted some vegetables with our dinner)
Marinate the chicken for half an hour. In the meantime prepare the hummus, for which you need:
- 400g ready-to-eat chickpeas
- Juice of 1 and 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 10 Tbsp tahini
- 3 Tbsp water
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend well.
Back to the chicken. Fill the skewers will the chicken mix. Grill over medium/high heat until both sides are golden and the chicken is cooked but not dry. Serve with the hummus on the side.
Did you know? Tahini is sesame paste and sesame seeds are a good source of proteins.