Lebanese Chicken

Lebanese food is my favorite thing to eat: Shish Tawook Chicken (also spelled shish taouk), a native dish of Lebanon and Syria.
The word tawook comes from the Arabic word “tawahhik,” which means grilled meat or poultry. In Lebanon, grilled chicken is usually served with rice or fries as an entree or bread as a sandwich. It can also be served in pita bread like the famous shawarma sandwiches!
Shish Tawook Chicken is traditionally made with chicken breast, but you can easily substitute it with another type of meat or tofu if you prefer vegetarian options!

  • Author: Kim Nicholson



4 Chicken Breasts

1/2 tsp black pepper

6 garlic cloves chopped

2 T mayonnaise or salad dressing

1 lemon juiced, and lemon zest

1 T olive oil

1 T fresh parsley (optional)


Place chicken breasts in a glass bowl or large resealable plastic bag.
Add lemon juice and the lemon zest, mayonnaise, grated garlic, sumac, salt, and pepper to the chicken and toss until the chicken is evenly coated with the marinade. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or up to overnight.
Heat pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken to the pan along with all of the marinade. Sauté chicken, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. Grill chicken breasts for around 9 to 10 minutes total, flipping halfway through. Grill chicken breasts for around 5 minutes on each side.
Serve with fresh minced parsley on top.


I love to serve this with rice pilaf, a side of hummus and a green salad.

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