Spiced Shish Taouk

I have made shish taouk before but rather the traditional way, the way I used to eat it in Beirut. This time I went a little Indian and used chili powder, cumin, dried coriander, ginger and garlic. This marinade is actually the base of a Tikka Masala recipe that I once saw on Chew Out Loud,  but I decided to try it on shish taouk and grill them in the oven (you can definitely grill them on a barbecue too). The result wasn’t hot or too spicy; it was actually shish taouk with an Indian twist to it. I also love this recipe because it is fast and doesn’t require any marination ahead of time.

Spiced Shish Taouk (for two):

Start by heating the broiler in your oven.


  • 500g boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried cumin


Step 1: In a bowl mix these dry ingredients and then coat the chicken with them. Set aside.

  • 1/2 cup of plain white yogurt (not the sweet kind)
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp crushed garlic (about two cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp dried ground ginger


Step 2: Mix these ingredients in a bowl. Dip the chicken cubes in this yogurt mix and arrange on skewers.

Step 3: Arrange the skewers side by side on a cookie tray and grill/broil each side in the oven for ten minutes.

Enjoy with hummus and pita bread.




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