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Shish Tawook Pita with Hummus – The Lemon Bowl®

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Tender, juicy chicken tawook is rolled inside pita bread along with hummus, pickles, and pickled turnips. A traditional Lebanese street food recipe.

It shouldn’t be surprising that we eat a lot of Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine in our house. My boys and I love these Shish Tawook Pitas with Hummus, and they come together super quickly for the perfect lunch, or an easy dinner! The star of this dish is tender, juicy chicken tawook, which is great for meal prep and can be made ahead of time!

Ingredients

Shish Tawook Pita with Hummus ingredients
  • Pita bread: Large white or wheat pita bread work great for these wraps.
  • Hummus: A creamy, delicious spread made from chickpeas and tahini, you can use either homemade or store-bought.
  • Shish tawook chicken: A delicious Middle-Eastern chicken dish that is marinated in lemon, garlic, olive oil, and sometimes yogurt.
  • Tomato: Juicy, bright, somewhat acidic flavor.
  • Red onion: Crunchy, somewhat sweet and spicy. If you think the flavor is too strong, you can always soak in some cold water before using.
  • Pickles: I love the crunchy, dill flavor from the pickle slices.
  • Pickled turnips: A customary pickle of the Middle East, they are crunchy, tangy, and just a little bit vinegary. They taste great of gyros, kebabs, falafel, salads, and more!

How to Make Shish Tawook Pita with Hummus

Lebanese chicken tawook

To make Lebanese shish tawook, you simply marinate chicken breast cubes in lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and salt. Then, you can either pan-fry it, skewer and grill it, or bake it in the oven.

spreading hummus in pita

Start assembling your pita sandwich by spreading hummus in the center of a pita.

Adding onion to pita

Then layer the tomato and red onion slices on top.

Addhing shish tawook chicken

Next add the shish tawook chicken.

Garnishing pita sandwich

And finish with pickles, pickled turnips, and some fresh herbs.

Then tightly roll and wrap the pita, using a toothpick if needed to keep it closed. Cut in half, serve, and enjoy your Shish Tawook Pita with Hummus!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is shish tawook?

Shish tawook (or tawouk) is a traditional Middle Eastern street food of marinated chicken shish kebab typically grilled. While my family descends from Syria it is widely eaten in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and Israel.

Should I make my own hummus?

In general, you’ll have more flavor using homemade hummus, but store-bought works too. My Great Aunt Vieve taught me how to make the most incredible, easy hummus recipe which is usually my go-to. Other great toppings would be Greek tzatziki sauce or tahini sauce.

Can you make shish tawook chicken ahead of time?

Yes! We prepare this at least one or two nights a week and use it to meal prep. Then serve it with Syrian rice pilaf, over a salad, or wrapped in pitas.

Shish Tawook Pita with Hummus on platter

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Liz eating shish tawook pita with hummus.

The options to this Shish Tawook Pita with Hummus are limitless. You can omit the chicken entirely and pack full with crispy veggies or even a Greek salad. Another option is to swap out the chicken for beef shawarma.

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Shish Tawook Pita with Hummus

Lebanese Shish Tawook Pita with Hummus

Tender, juicy chicken tawook is rolled inside pita bread along with hummus, pickles and pickled turnips. A traditional Lebanese street food recipe.

PREP: 15 minutes

COOK: 15 minutes

TOTAL: 30 minutes

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Servings4

  • 4 large pita bread (white or flour)
  • 1 cup hummus (store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 servings shish tawook chicken (prepared according to recipe)
  • ½ cup tomato slices
  • ½ cup red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 12 dill pickle slices
  • ¼ cup pickled turnips (optional)
  • Working one at a time, lay pita on a plate or a piece of wax paper. Spread 1/4 cup of hummus in the center of the pita then top with 1 serving of the chicken, tomato slices, onion slices, pickle slices and pickled turnips.

  • Starting at the bottom, carefully fold the bottom of the pita bread over the top of the meat and other toppings. Roll tightly until pita is formed (no need to tuck in the sides.) Slice in half to serve.

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Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 442kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 40gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 1609mgPotassium: 314mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 244IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 2mg






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