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Chicken Shawarma

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Chicken Shawarma
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 8
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Chicken Shawarma

A middle eastern wrap that is simmilar to a greek gyro, but with a sesame-yogurt sauce.

Ingredients

2
cups yogurt
1/2
cup tahini
4
lemons
1
tablespoon Madras curry powder
1
tablespoon chile flakes
2
pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
1
English cucumber
5
tomatoes
1/4
red onion
1
tablespoon vinegar
Lavosh bread
Parsley

Directions

  • 1 Make marinade: Mix 1 1/2 cups yogurt with chile flake, curry powder, juice of 1 lemon, zest of one lemon, salt and pepper. Poke chicken with a fork to help marinade fully flavor the chicken. Mix the chicken in to the marinade and let sit at least an hour, up to 12 hours.
  • 2 Make shawarma sauce: Mix juice of 3 lemons, tahaini, and 1/2 cup of the yogurt. Mix in some chopped parsley.
  • 3 Grill Chicken: Cook on a grill at medium heat until charred and fully cooked.
  • 4 Make Salad: Chop tomatoes, slice onions, chop cucumbers, season with salt and vinegar.
  • 5 Build wraps: Fill with chicken, sauce, and salad. Grill for a few minutes on each side.
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Chicken Shawarma

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

Tablespoon readers request Middle Eastern recipes, and I am always happy to oblige!


If you have never had Middle Eastern food before, it can be intimidating trying to figure out what you want. Lamb Tajines…baba ganoush…it all sounds so unfamiliar. Throw some crazy music and belly dancers into the mix, and forget about it!

Chicken Shawarma was my first experience with Middle Eastern food. It somehow seemed familiar, so it was an easy choice.

True shawarma, just like its Greek cousin gyro, is roasted on a slowly rotating spit. The cook cuts off strips from the outside as they brown. This version uses grilled chicken that is marinated in a tasty sauce.

Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Chicken marinade.

Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Tomato, cucumber, red onion, salt, and vinegar.

Chicken Shawarma Recipe

I was going to grill these outside, but the weather has been terrible here in Boston!

Chicken Shawarma Recipe

It’s fun to lay out all the fillings and let people choose their own. I like to lightly grill the finished roll ups.

Chicken Shawarma Recipe

The shawarma sauce is yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, and parsley.

Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Tasty! The sauce is fresh from the lemon, yet bitter and earthy from the tahini. The grilled chicken is nicely spiced and tender from the lemon and yogurt in the marinade.

Chicken Shawarma Recipe



Dan Whalen thinks shawarma is a fun word to say. He has been writing recipes for over 3 years on his website The Food In My Beard; check Dan’s Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
297.0
Daily Value
Total Fat
15.1g
23%
(
Saturated Fat
3.7g
19%
)
Cholesterol
114.6mg
38%
Sodium
158.9mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
14.2g
5%
(
Dietary Fiber
4.0g
16%
,
Sugars
6.6g
)
Protein
28.4g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
46.80%
47%
Calcium
17.20%
17%
Iron
16.50%
16%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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