This version of Tawook incorporates garlic but on a lesser scale than usual and increases the lemon juice. Using red wine vinegar in the marinade rather than apple cider provides a balance to the lemon flavors.
To flash grill this on top of the stove, requires either a heavy grill pan or a cast iron skillet. Both withstand the high heat needed to flash grill the chicken. Placing the chicken in a covered pan and in a warm oven allows the steam from the meat to further tenderize the chicken.
Traditionally served wrapped in a pita with Toum, a Lebanese Garlic Sauce, here it is served atop Dewra Falafel Waffles with a drizzle of Creamy Toum and Spicy Tahini Sauce. Serve additional sauces on the side to allow your guests to determine how high to raise their “garlic meter”.
2# skinless boneless chicken thighs, cubed
1 t salt
1 ½ t fresh ground pepper
½ t paprika
1 c fresh lemon juice
1 ½ t fresh ginger, grate
1 T fresh thyme, finely chopped
10 cloves garlic, minced
6 T Greek yogurt
6 T roasted garlic olive oil (if using regular olive oil add an additional garlic clove)
2 T red wine vinegar
1 T tomato paste
1 T lemon zest
Place chicken in a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and paprika. Mix to evenly distribute. Place chicken in a re-sealable plastic bag and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, ginger, thyme, garlic, yogurt, olive oil, vinegar and tomato paste until combined. Pour mix over the chicken in the bag and stir to evenly coat. Seal bag and place in refrigerator for 5-6 hours shaking the bag to remix every 30 minutes.
Spray grill pan or heavy skillet with cooking oil. Heat pan over high heat for 2 minutes. Drain chicken well. Add chicken chunks to pan and cook for 7-8 minutes, turning often. While chicken is cooking, heat oven to 200° and place aluminum pan in oven to warm. Once chicken is cooked through, place in aluminum pan. Cover pan tightly with foil and leave in oven for 4-5 minutes.
Place two Dewra Falafel Waffle quarters on four serving plates. Evenly divide chicken on top of waffles. Drizzle with Minute Toum and Spicy Tahini Sauce