Shish Taouk ( Lebanese Chicken Kebabs) with Baba Ghannouj (Eggplant Dip)

Shish Taouk

Ingredients (Makes 5 skewers)

 

1. Skinless, boneless chicken breast – Around 350 gm, cut into medium cubes (I used 4 chicken breast tenders)

2. Garlic –  3 – 4 cloves, crushed or ground to a paste

Lemon juice – 1 – 1.5 tbsp

Tomato paste – 2 tsp

Paprika – 2 tsp

Pepper powder – 1 – 1.5 tsp

All spice – 1/4 tsp (Optional)

Salt – To taste

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

3. Olive oil – 1 tbsp

4. Button mushroom – 8 – 10, sliced into halves

5. Bell pepper – 1/2 medium , diced

Method

1. Combine the ingredients numbered 2. Taste-check for salt. Add the chicken cubes and mix everything well. Keep it in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 5 hrs.

Before baking

2. Soak the wooden skewers for 30 mts – 1 hr.  Mix the mushroom halves and diced bell peppers with olive oil, pepper powder, lemon juice and enough salt. Keep aside for at least 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450 F. Arrange the chicken, mushroom and bell pepper on the skewers and place them on a baking tray.  Grill/Bake for 17 – 20 mts or until the chicken is done. Avoid over-baking as the chicken might get dry. It is traditionally served with a garlic dip (Toum ). We had it with baba ghanouj ( eggplant dip) and they both were a wonderful combo. Here’s the recipe for Baba Ghannouj.

Baba Ghannouj (Eggplant Dip)

 

Ingredients

 

1. Eggplant – 1 large

2. Tahini (sesame seed paste) – 1.5 tbsp

Lemon juice – 2 – 3 tsp or to taste

Garlic – 2 cloves, crushed

Salt – To taste

3. Extra virgin olive oil – 1 tbsp

4. Parsley – 1 tsp chopped, to garnish

Roasted EggplantRoasted Eggplant

Method

Roast the eggplant directly on the burner of a gas stove over medium heat, turning often, until the skin is completely blackened and the flesh is soft, about 10 minutes. Or place the egg plant on a baking tray (rub little olive oil on the eggplant and prick its skin at a couple of places with a fork). Bake at 500 F for 20 mts. Cool down for 5 – 10 minutes and peel off the skin. Scoop out the flesh and remove the seeds. Allow to cool completely. Grind the flesh along with tahini, lemon juice, crushed garlic and salt to a smooth or coarse mixture. Or you can use a fork to mash them instead. Transfer to a small bowl. Drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle chopped parsley. Serve chilled.

Baba Ghanouj

Lebanese Chicken Kebabs

Recipe Adapted from Chicho’s Kitchen and My Lebanese Market

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Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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