Rita's Recipe - Grilled Shish Tawook


Grilled Shish Tawook with fresh vegetables and herb mop

“Shish” means skewer and “Tawook” means chicken.

Ingredients

Marinade

1/2 cup plain full fat whole milk Greek yogurt

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced - a good tablespoon or so

Zest of two nice lemons

1 heaping tablespoon each: minced fresh thyme and oregano or 2 teaspoons each dried

1-1/8 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Meat

Skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs (about 3#) cut into 1-1/2” cubes (24 pieces)

4 long skewers, 12”

Vegetables

3 big colored bell peppers, cut into largish pieces, about 1-1/2”

2 red or sweet onions, cut into 1” thick wedges

Herb mop

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped fine

Fresh parsley - several sprigs, leaves removed, chopped fine (opt)

1 clove garlic, minced, about 1 teaspoon

3-4 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

Whisk yogurt, olive oil, garlic, zest, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and cayenne in large bowl.

Stir in chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3-6 hours.

Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade.

Thread skewers

When you thread the chicken and vegetables on the skewers, leave a bit of space between pieces so that the chicken cooks through quickly without being too tight.

Thread as follows:

2 pieces pepper, 1 piece onion, 2 pieces chicken, 1 piece onion.

Repeat two more times.

Grill over high heat until vegetables and chicken are charred around edges and chicken is cooked, about 4-5 minutes per side or so.

To serve: Brush kebabs with herb mop.


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