Tavuk Şiş (Turkish Chicken Kebab)

If you like vibrant and distinct flavors, Middle Eastern food will definitely be one of your favorites. By combining and mixing different types of fresh or dried spices, you can create many amazing flavors. Tavuk Şiş is a Turkish chicken kebab, marinated in yogurt and spices, and go great with flatbread or rice.


You need:

  • 2 lb Chicken Thigh (skinless & boneless)
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1/3 cup Turkish Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Dried Mint
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Paprika
  • 1/2 Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Cardamom Pods

How to make this:

  1. Finely chop the onion, mix with the Turkish yogurt, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, dried mint, dried oregano
  2. Lightly toast the paprika, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, cardamom pods on a pan, then crush them in a pestle & mortar, then mix them into the liquid
  3. Cut the chicken into 1 in wide strips, then place the meat into the marinade for 2 to 6 hours
  4. Place the chicken strips on 2 skewers, if you use wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 min before you use it
  5. Heat up a grill on high, then cook each side for about 5 min, or until the internal temperature reaches 75C or 165F degrees
  6. If you use an oven, heat up the oven to 175C or 350F degrees, then bake the chicken for about 25 min, or until the internal temperature reaches 75C or 165F degrees, then turn on broil for about 1 min
  7. Serve if on top of some flatbread, and some fresh vegetable or fruit, like pomegranate, sliced onion or sliced tomato on the side

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