Skewered Chicken/Shish Tawook

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Serves 3-4

Skewered cubes of tender boneless chicken breast with a thick tomato gravy, cubed potatoes and saffron-scented long-grain basmati rice.

Ingredients for Chicken Marinade
boneless chicken breast
- cut into cubes
1 tbsp.
soya sauce
1 tbsp.
1 tsp.
1 tsp.
chilli powder
1 tsp.
1 tsp.
ground cumin
1/2 tbsp. each
ginger and garlic pastes
1 tsp.
tandoori masala or paprika powder
1 tbsp.
chilli flakes
oil as needed
Ingredients for Tomato Gravy
1/2 bunch
1/2 tsp.
1 tsp.
pepper, cardamom, cinnamon
2 tbsp.
green chillies
(if any)
1/2 cup
plain yoghurt
remaining pieces of capsicum n onions from the skewering
1 tbsp.
fried onions
1 tbsp.
tomato paste/puree
salt to taste

For Chicken Marination

Marinate the chicken overnight or at least 4 hours if possible. Thread the cubes on skewers alternating with capsicum/onion cubes. Brush the skewers with a bit of oil and let them sit for a while. Shallow-fry each skewer (or do 2-3 at a go) for 2 minutes on one side then turn n fry for another 2 minutes on the other side, set aside until all are done. Grill on coals or under an oven grill for about 5 minutes on each side. Don't over-grill otherwise the chicken will become hard. Serve with rice/fries/naan

For Tomato Gravy

Blend tomatoes with coriander, fried onions, yoghurt, chilies and remaining pieces of capsicum n onions. Heat the oil, add whole pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and a tsp. of cumin, then add the garlic. Pour in the blended mixture and cook for a few minutes until the mixture is thick and just about done. Add the tbsp. of tomato paste, let it cook for a few more minutes and adjust salt/chili. Serve with a garnish of fried onions n coriander.

For Saffron Rice

Soak a few strands of saffron plus a drop of yellow food color in some milk and set aside. (about 4 tbsp. of milk) Soak the rice for half an hour first. Then add it to boiling salted water with 1 tbsp. of oil and juice of half a lemon....boil until it is almost done (about three-quarter done). Drain, then put the rice back into your pot. Drizzle with saffron/yellow color milk. Also drizzle 2 tbsp. of oil on the rice. Cover and seal tight then let it steam on very low heat for 10-15 minutes.

Just before serving, add a dollop of butter to the very hot rice, toss together and serve. :)


Salam dear imade this yesterdy n it ws delicious had tht midle eastrn touch to it. Ialso added boiled potaoes n pineaples to scewers 2 mk it mr colourful n juicy. Grilled potatoes wer tasty. Thnks 4 such authentic recipes :)) ws so hungry at iftar tht 4gt to tak a pic bt thy lukd v tempting:)

Hi is soya sauce the same as soy sauce?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, yes it is.

ikhlas's picture

I dnt have tandoori masala fauzia what do I do

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Leave it out. If you have paprika powder use that instead otherwise just go with the rest of the recipe without the tandoori.

another great recipe. i have tried sheesh tawouk before but followed someone else's recipe and it end up really bad but yours recipe made my day :)many thanks fauzia!

Salam fauzia I want to try ur recipie today , just wondering how much lemon I should put, are 2 tablespoon lemon enough for 750 gr chicken? I already marinated the chicken with the other ingredients, just waiting for ur reply :)

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, for me 2 tbsp are perfect for that amount. :)

Sooo yummy fauzia, me n hubby loved it. Thanks dear. Pls pls can u teach us to make Lebanese stuffed chicken...I heard it taste suberb but I would like to use ur recipie....

Hi, looks like a nice recipe. Two Qs though.
1-how many cups of rice did you use?
2-Tomato gravy: how many of the cardamoms, cinnamon to be used.
And another one tablespoon of yogurt enough for the chicken marinstion?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, 2-3 cups of rice depending on appetites, and just 1 cardamom plus 1 cinnamon stick would be enough. And yes 1-2 tbsp is enough.

Many thanks for the reply and the wonderful recipes. Will be making it on the coming weekend. Fingers crossed :)