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Turkish chicken shish kebab

A barbeque is always a good thing to make in every gathering, with family, friends, in a picnic, almost everywhere.

Different cuisines have different ways to make your meat grilled fantastically, and of course, whenever we talk about grilled chicken in general, Turkish cuisine stands out.

You can’t go to turkey without given a try to the grilled food there, especially their chicken shish kebab it’s something out of this world.

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The Turkish people are well known for making some of the greatest kebabs you will ever eat.

So are you ready to discover the secrets behind the famous TURKISH CHICKEN SHISH KEBAB? If the answer is YES, read to the end and enjoy.

What Is Chicken Shish Kebab?

The chicken shish kebab is a dish that is very known in the middle east, and other regions that have an Arabic origin, it’s simply some meat, in this case, it’s chicken, marinated in yogurt and other spices.

It’s a very healthy dish to have on your table for every gathering or just to try new stuff with the chicken in your fridge.

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How do you make chicken kebabs?

To make your Turkish chicken shish kebab, there are few steps you need to follow, so let’s go:

1- In a bowl, put some yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, ketchup, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, cumin, black pepper, paprika, and cinnamon, mix everything and let to rest

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2- Place your chicken pieces into the bowl, and mix them with the marinate

3- Cover the bowl with plastic rape and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 2-8 hours

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4- While the chicken is absorbing the marinade, get your grill ready ( medium-high heat)

5- Get your chicken out of the refrigerator and get skewers

6- Place the marinated chicken pieces on the skewers, you can use onions or peppers to separate between the pieces and of course for a healthier choice.

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7- Place the kebabs on the grill, and let them cook until they begin to unstick from the grill, 3 or 4 minutes.

8- Turn kebabs and grill the other side for 3 or 4 minutes. Continue doing the same process until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear.

9- Enjoy your kebabs.

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How do I know if the chicken is cooked and ready to serve?

Well, many people get confused when cooking kebabs, on how to identify if the meat is well cooked.

The thing here is quite easy once you start noticing that the chicken is getting color on the outside and it’s no longer pink in the middle, and of course the juices run perfectly only then my friend you should know that your kebabs are ready to be eaten.


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How to cook chicken kebabs in the oven?

Well, not everyone has the option to grill his food, but one thing is for sure we all have the right to enjoy the grilled food but in a different kind in the oven, all you have to do is to place your kebabs on a plate and cover them with aluminum tape, put the oven on medium heat, place your kebabs inside.

Let them cook for about 8 minutes before you uncover them and turn side tell they get that golden roasted color.

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Turkish chicken shish kebab

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  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Turkish Chicken Shish Kebab is a dish that is very known in the middle east. It’s a very healthy dish to have on your table for every gathering.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 4 to 5 boneless, skinless thighs)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (or milk)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Garnish: oregano, sumac, and paprika.


  1. In case you were on a hurry, you can marinate the chicken for 30 min, it will be enough for the chicken to absorb enough spices and flavors.
  2. Before you start grilling, you can oil the grate to make sure the chicken doesn’t stick.
  3. If you are using wood skewers, it would be better if you soak them in the water for 30 minutes before you use them on the grill.
  4. When turning the kebabs wait tell each side gets the golden color.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Main Course
  • Cuisine: Turkish


  • Calories: 270

THIS RECIPE WAS INSPIRED BY A COMBINATION OF RECIPES THAT I LOVE FROM Thespruceeats.com and Kays-kitchen.co.uk and Zainabjagotahmed.com

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