Lebanese Butterflied Chicken – Farouj Meshwe 3al Fahem
I’m still here in my beloved Lebanon and well you can only imagine how many frareej meshweeyeh (grilled chickens) I’ve had… It’s one of my all time favorites with extra toum, of course!
Char-grilled butterflied chicken is very much a fast food item in our household. Although we prepare it ourselves when we throw barbecues, we also tend to pick it up ready made on our way back home when we don’t have the time and energy. We keep things simple and serve it with a mixed salad and some hummus. Whatever you do please don’t forget the toum…
Farouj Meshwe is a popular street food in Lebanon. The chicken is butterflied and then pressed between two grill mesh plates, then it is basted several times with a garlic, olive oil and lemon marinade. Once cooked the chicken is de-boned and then the meat is wrapped into luscious Arabic bread sandwiches that have been generously slathered with garlic sauce and a few pickles before the wrapped sandwich is put back on to the charcoal to crisp. This is my version of utopia. Really!
Since it’s been flattened, butterflied chicken cooks quickly, in about 40-60 minutes depending on BBQ strength. The skin comes out extremely crispy (It’s the best part) and if cooked right, the meat tender and juicy.