Shish Tawook with Fresh Herbs


Grilled Shish Tawook with fresh vegetables and herb mop“Shish” means skewer and “Tawook” means chicken.

Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show, chatted about Father’s Day and St. Joseph, who was Jesus’ earthly father. Sunday is Father’s Day so I hope you honor all of the dads in your life. This recipe reminds me of my own dad, who would take pieces of lamb, put them on his old metal skewers, and grill them over the flame of our gas stove.

Grilled Shish Tawook with fresh vegetables and herb mop
“Shish” means skewer and “Tawook” means chicken.
My original recipe used dried herbs. The one shared today gives you a choice: fresh or dried.
Some of you used thighs and liked them very much. Dark meat stays more moist than white so swap if you want.
The herb mop is elevated by the addition of fresh parsley, . 
Do remember those dads who may be alone or can’t get out. Send a card, give them a call or invite them over to share the meal. 
1/2 cup plain full fat whole milk Greek yogurt 
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced – a good tablespoon or so
Zest of two nice lemons 
1 heaping tablespoon each: minced fresh thyme and oregano or 2 teaspoons each dried 
1-1/8 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
Skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs (about 3#) cut into 1-1/2” cubes (24 pieces)
4 long skewers, 12” 
3 big colored bell peppers, cut into largish pieces, about 1-1/2”
2 red or sweet onions, cut into 1” thick wedges 
Herb mop
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped fine
Fresh parsley – several sprigs, leaves removed, chopped fine (opt)
1 clove garlic, minced, about 1 teaspoon
3-4 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
Whisk yogurt, olive oil, garlic, zest, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and cayenne in large bowl. 
Stir in chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3-6 hours.  
Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. 
Thread skewers
When you thread the chicken and vegetables on the skewers, leave a bit of space between pieces so that the chicken cooks through quickly without being too tight.
Thread as follows:
2 pieces pepper, 1 piece onion, 2 pieces chicken, 1 piece onion.  
Repeat two more times. 
Grill over high heat until vegetables and chicken are charred around edges and chicken is cooked, about 4-5 minutes per side or so.  
To serve: Brush kebabs with herb mop.

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