Chicken Shawarma Recipe


Nutrition

Cal/Serving: 752
Daily Value: 38%
Servings: 2

High-Fiber, Low-Carb
Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free, Alcohol-Free
Fat46g70%
Saturated9g44%
Trans0g0%
Carbs28g9%
Fiber5g21%
Sugars16g0%
Protein59g119%
Cholesterol167mg56%
Sodium1129mg47%
Calcium278mg28%
Magnesium118mg29%
Potassium1584mg45%
Iron3mg19%
Zinc3mg22%
Phosphorus782mg112%
Vitamin A1429IU29%
Vitamin C40mg67%
Thiamin (B1)0mg28%
Riboflavin (B2)1mg32%
Niacin (B3)27mg133%
Vitamin B62mg103%
Folic Acid (B9)64µg16%
Vitamin B121µg15%
Vitamin D0µg0%
Vitamin E5mg27%
Vitamin K26µg32%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated26g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated8g0%
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Chicken Shawarma
Sawsan Abu Farha

Chicken shawarma is a popular sandwich in the Middle East. It is basically a wonderful roasted chicken that has been marinated in an amazing yogurt spice mix, wrapped in pita bread with some pickles, fries, and tahini or garlic sauce. The secret to a chicken shawarma sandwich that is as good as — if not better than — your favorite Middle Eastern restaurant is the spice mix.

Mastic is one of the key players in that spice mix; you can find it at Greek or Middle Eastern stores. Buying a little will go a long way because it is used in very small amounts in recipes (it does wonders when added to ice cream or rice pudding).

This particular recipe for chicken shawarma came after a lot of experimenting and trying different recipes. The spice mix and cooking the onions and tomatoes with the chicken in the last five minutes (as opposed to using them raw) makes this sandwich a family favorite after the first bite.

If you want to add a smoky taste to the chicken, a trick I learned from my aunt is to get some tin foil and make it like a little plate. Heat a little piece of coal, and when it starts turning red, put it on the tin foil plate. Next, add a little piece of butter on top of the coal. It will start to smoke. Put the tin foil cup on top of the chicken shawarma in the pot and cover it for five to 10 minutes. The chicken will have a smoky flavor, almost as if it were grilled.

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INGREDIENTS

For the marinade :

  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons tahini sauce
  • 1/4 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mastic*

For the chicken :

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs, sliced**
  • 1 yellow or white onion, sliced
  • 1-2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • Tahini sauce, for serving
  • French fries (optional)
  • Sliced pickles (optional)

DIRECTIONS

For the marinade :

In a medium-sized bowl, mix all of the ingredients together and set aside.

For the chicken :

Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to combine. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours, preferably overnight.

Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Drain the chicken and add it to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear (a meat thermometer inserted into the center without touching the bone should register 165 degrees).

Move the chicken to the edge of the pan, add the onion, and sauté for 2 minutes. Move the onion aside and add the tomatoes. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then stir the chicken, onions, and tomatoes together and cook for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Open up the pita bread to form a pocket, and spread some tahini sauce inside. Add the chicken, onion, and tomato mixture. Add some french fries and sliced pickles, if using. Roll the pita bread and serve.

Recipe Details

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Servings: 2
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Notes and Substitutions:

*Note: Mastic is an essential part of the spice mix for this recipe, and can be found in Greek and Middle Eastern grocery stores as well as online.

**Note: I prefer mixing both; the fat in the thighs adds flavor and keeps the chicken moist.



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