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Lebanese Chicken Skewers (Shish Tawook)
with couscous / cucumbers / lemon-tahini sauce

Active: 45 min Total: 1 hr 15 min

Both the yogurt marinade and cooking on the grill will give these Lebanese-inspired chicken skewers authentic flavor, but they're great even if you want to skip the grill.
Smarts #1: As you’re chopping the onions, bell peppers, and chicken, try to keep the pieces about the same size so they can be easily thread onto skewers.
Smarts #2: If you prefer to skip the skewers, you can saute the onions, bell peppers, and chicken in a large skillet or wok.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Lebanese Chicken Skewers:
  • Onions, red - 1, cubed
  • Bell peppers, green - 1, cubed
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 1/2 lbs, cubed
  • Lemon-Tahini Marinade and Sauce (ingredients listed separately) - 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup
  • Skewers, metal or bamboo - 8
Cucumber Salad:
  • Cucumbers - 12 oz, diced
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 1 tsp
Couscous:
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup (sub water)
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Couscous, uncooked - 3/4 cup
Lemon-Tahini Marinade and Sauce:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 3/4 cup
  • Lemon juice - 1/4 cup
  • Tahini - 1 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/8 tsp

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Prep

  1. Make couscous - Combine stock, salt (portion for couscous), and butter in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous and cover with lid. Let stand for ~5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Bell peppers / Garlic / Parsley - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make marinade / sauce - Combine garlic, parsley, yogurt, lemon juice, tahini, oregano, salt (portion for marinade / sauce), cumin, and cinnamon. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Marinate chicken - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill heating when chicken is nearly finished marinating.) Cube chicken. Tenderize with a fork and combine with first portion of marinade. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done 2 days ahead)
  5. Skewers - If using wooden / bamboo skewers, soak in water for 10 minutes.
  6. Make cucumber salad - Dice cucumbers. Toss with vinegar and olive oil. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  7. Assemble skewers - Alternate threading onions, bell peppers, and chicken (fold chicken over onto itself if the pieces are uneven) onto skewers. (Using two skewers together can make it easier to flip the skewers as they cook.) (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat grill to 450F / 232C. Clean grates and brush with some cooking oil.
  2. Add chicken skewers to heated grill and turn to sear on all sides until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes total. (Note: Remove a piece of chicken and check it for doneness if unsure.)
  3. If couscous was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  4. Give cucumbers a stir and season with some salt and pepper.
  5. Serve chicken skewers and cucumber salad over couscous. Drizzle second portion of marinade / sauce (make sure that it hasn’t had any contact with raw meat) over top or serve it on the side for dipping. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Make couscous - Combine stock, salt (portion for couscous), and butter in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous and cover with lid. Let stand for ~5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Bell peppers / Garlic / Parsley - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make marinade / sauce - Combine garlic, parsley, yogurt, lemon juice, tahini, oregano, salt (portion for marinade / sauce), cumin, and cinnamon. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Marinate chicken - Cube chicken. Tenderize with a fork and combine with first portion of marinade. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done 2 days ahead)
  5. Skewers - If using wooden / bamboo skewers, soak in water for 10 minutes.
  6. Make cucumber salad - Dice cucumbers. Toss with vinegar and olive oil. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  7. Assemble skewers - Alternate threading onions, bell peppers, and chicken (fold chicken over onto itself if the pieces are uneven) onto skewers. (Using two skewers together can make it easier to flip the skewers as they cook.) (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Brush pan with some oil. Add chicken skewers to heated grill pan and turn to sear on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes total. (Note: Covering the skewers with a lid or foil as they cook can help speed the process along and help the chicken and vegetables to cook evenly.)
  2. If couscous was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  3. Give cucumbers a stir and season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Serve chicken skewers and cucumber salad over couscous. Drizzle second portion of marinade / sauce (make sure that it hasn’t had any contact with raw meat) over top or serve it on the side for dipping. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (48)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (11)

44 reviews

Loved this but the girls didn’t like it much. I broiled it on a sheet pan on high.

By: Namrita
Posted: Aug 05, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was okay. It didn't feel very filling, even after I made extra couscous.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Aug 02, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This was so great. I loved the marinade and it was amazing on the grill. I hate doing skewers but this was worth it.

By: Angela
Posted: Jul 29, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was good. Not one of our favorites. The bean and cucumber salad was nice - the kebabs just weren’t very filling.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jul 28, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This was really tasty. I cooked on sheet pan instead of skillet or grill and it worked out well. Should make good leftovers. I added parsley to the couscous instead of butter. 2 year old did would not eat it.

By: Shawn
Posted: Jul 27, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The grilled Za'atar veggies were great!

By: Markell
Posted: Jul 26, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful