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Shish Tawook Chicken

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shish tawook chicken
For this month’s Secret Recipe Club we were assigned to the blog Chef in Disguise, an amazing place filled with sights and tastes very different from November in New Jersey. The blog is written by Sawsen, a Palestinian mother of two, who currently hails from Amman, Jordan.
Sawsan is a wonderful tour guide and host, inviting you to sample the tastes of the middle east and sharing her insights into the culture and community. Sawsan’s authentic recipes not only sound delicious, but her photos of them will make your mouth water. Sawsen calls herself a “food explorer” as she is passionate about exploring new ingredients, cuisines, and recipes from around the world. She blogs in English to share her firsthand experience living as a woman in the middle east with a broad audience- and we are so glad that she does so that we can read and explore with her!
Rachel and I wanted to try one of Sawsen’s authentic middle eastern dishes. There were so many fantastic looking recipes! After a lot of debate we settled on Shish Tawook Chicken, a recipe Sawsen says is a favorite of hers.
It was a super easy recipe to make, and we had all of the ingredients in our fridge/pantry all ready. We marinated the chicken in the morning and I grilled everything up for dinner. I was lazy (i.e. wrestling a 2 1/2 and 1 year old) so did not skewer the chicken. Instead I used a grilling pan which made life even easier.  We served over some Japanese rice with some grilled carrots. Dinner was good! The flavors were different enough from what we usually eat, but not so different we had to buy new ingredients we’d never use again (or might not like). So – if you are looking for a new dinner recipe we recommend Shish Tawook Chicken.
As for other things – let’s just say that Daylight Savings Time is great unless you have toddlers. We were up at 5am (on the new time) yesterday. Thankfully, I guess, I’ve only been averaging 6 hours a night the past few months so this early wake up wasn’t too bad. Heck, we had the extra hour now before church so I cooked up some pancakes for all of us and we had some early play time. In parenthood, it’s always about the silver lining.

shish tawook chicken


  • skin-less boneless chicken cut into cubes or strips
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3/4 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Mix the marinade and add the chicken.
  2. Make sure you coat all the pieces.
  3. Marinate over night (If you don’t have time anything over half an hour is fine)
  4. Skewer the chicken and grill in the oven or on a grill

Recipe from: Chef In Disguise


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