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Grill Chicken the Lebanese Way! Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Arabic Language

Marhaba! Given it’s summer and the weather is perfect for having barbecues, today I want to share a recipe that my family has been using for generations for grill chicken. I want to add that this dish exists in many parts of the world, but using some ingredients from Lebanon makes it a recipe for grilling chicken the Lebanese way.

Image by David Stanley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Image by David Stanley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

It’s very easy and straightforward. If you share my passion for outdoor grilling and have an appetite for a hefty dish, then by all means mix these ingredients and grill chicken the Lebanese way. More importantly during this Holy Month of Ramadan, this dish is definitely worth having after a long day of fasting. Enjoy and let me know how it goes 🙂

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Image by Mat_the_W via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Lebanese Grilled Chicken (دجاج مشوي على الطريقة اللبنانية)

Ingredients (المكونات)

-Whole chicken or pieces of chicken, breast or thighs (دجاجة كاملة أو قطع دجاج)
-Cup of red vinegar (خلّ أحمر)
-Cup of lemon juice (عصير الحامض)
-2 garlic cloves (حصص ثوم)
-Cup of olive oil (زيت الزيتون)
-2 teaspoons of salt (ملح)
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon (قرفة)
-1 teaspoon of cumin (كمون)
-1 teaspoon of allspice (سبعة بهارات)

Image by Timothy Vollmer via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Image by Timothy Vollmer via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Directions (طريقة التحضير)

-Rinse (اغسل) chicken or pieces of chicken in water and salt to remove any odor.
-In a separate bowl, mix (امزج) cinnamon, allspice, and cumin with red vinegar.
-Sprinkle the mixture on the chicken in another bowl (رشّ المزيج على الدجاج في وعاء آخر).
-Mix garlic cloves, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender.
-Add (اضف) the blended paste on the chicken and leave to marinate (نقع) for 4 hours or more.
-Prepare the grill and add pieces of chicken or whole chicken.
-While grilling (شوي), use a brush to add leftover marinade to keep the chicken moist.

Image by Mohamod Fasil via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Image by Mohamod Fasil via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

For now take care and stay tuned for upcoming posts!
Happy Learning!
Have a nice day!!
نهاركم سعيد


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About the Author: jesa

Salam everyone! Born as an American to two originally Arab parents, I have been raised and have spent most of my life in Beirut, Lebanon. I have lived my good times and my bad times in Beirut. I was but a young child when I had to learn to share my toys and food with others as we hid from bombs and fighting during the Lebanese Civil War. I feel my connection to Arabic as both a language and culture is severing and so it is with you, my readers and fellow Arabic lovers, and through you that I wish to reestablish this connection by creating one for you.


  1. Makh:

    A grilled chicken isn’t a Lebanese Grilled chicken till you serve it with garlic cream!

    • jesa:

      @Makh I totally agree! Good suggestion, Makh 🙂