Lemony Grilled Chicken Kebabs

These traditional Israeli shishlik, or chicken shish kebabs, draw their sharp lemony flavors from a few hours' marinating. In Israel, the kebabs are traditionally cooked directly over extremely hot coals, rather than on a grill. According to Michael Solomonov, the open-coal technique makes the meat that much juicier. Amazing Chicken Recipes

Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • Ground sumac, for dusting (see Note)

  • Tahini, for serving


  1. In a blender or food processor, puree the onion with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. In a large, shallow glass or ceramic dish, coat the chicken thighs with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 12.

  2. Light a grill. Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Thread the chicken thighs onto four 10-inch metal skewers. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Lightly dust each skewer with ground sumac. Serve right away, with tahini for dipping alongside.


Sumac, a tangy Middle Eastern spice, is available at specialty shops and online at Kalustyan's.

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