Chargrilled Garlic Chicken (Farrouj Meshwi) Recipe

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The Kitchen (The home of Delicious Arabic Food) invites you to try Chargrilled garlic chicken (farrouj meshwi) recipe. Enjoy the Arabic cuisine and learn how to make Chargrilled garlic chicken (farrouj meshwi).

This succulent chicken is often barbecued over charcoal for extra smokiness. With the lemony flavour of sumac, it’s the marinade that makes this Lebanese dish such a crowd-pleaser.

Serves 4
Preparation 15min
Cooking 35min
Skill level Mid

Phoebe Wood


1.5kg whole chicken, butterflied (see Note)
toum (Lebanese garlic sauce), Lebanese pickled vegetables and chillies, and pita bread, to serve (see Note)


½ tsp cayenne pepper
1½ tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp sumac
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
6 garlic cloves, crushed
80 ml (⅓ cup) lemon juice
80 ml (⅓ cup) olive oil

Cook’s notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Marinating time overnight

To make marinade, combine all ingredients in a large, non-reactive bowl. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat panggangan to 200°C. Heat a barbecue or chargrill pan to medium-high. Season chicken generously with salt, then cook, turning once, for 8 minutes or until charred and golden brown.

Transfer to a lined panggangan tray and roast for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

Carve into large pieces and serve with toum, pickles and bread.


• To butterfly a chicken: Place chicken, breast-side down, with the neck facing you. Using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, slice along either side of backbone and discard. Cut off neck and discard. Turn chicken over and firmly press down with your hands to pop any joints and flatten. Alternatively, ask your butcher to do this for you

• Toum (Lebanese garlic sauce) is available from select delis and Middle Eastern food shops.

• Lebanese pickled vegetables and chillies are from Middle Eastern food shops.

Photography Brett Stevens

As seen in Feast magazine, November 2014, Issue 37. For more recipes and articles, pick up a copy of this month’s Feast magazine or check out our great subscriptions offers here.

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