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Savory Spice Odyssey: Mediterranean-Inspired Chicken Shawarma Delight

Chicken Shawarma

About the Dish:

Chicken Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish that consists of marinated chicken meat, usually cooked on a vertical rotisserie or spit. The chicken is usually thinly sliced and served in a pita bread or flatbread, along with a variety of toppings and sauces such as garlic sauce, tahini, hummus, pickles, and vegetables. This dish is known for its bold flavors and is a popular street food in many Middle Eastern countries. The marinade used for the chicken is a combination of aromatic herbs and spices, which gives the meat a tender and juicy texture. Chicken Shawarma is a delicious and satisfying meal that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 900mg
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Protein 30g


Ingredient Quantity
Chicken breast 500g
Yogurt 1/2 cup
Garlic cloves 4
Lemon juice 2 tablespoons
Olive oil 2 tablespoons
Ground cumin 1 teaspoon
Ground coriander 1 teaspoon
Paprika 1 teaspoon
Turmeric 1 teaspoon
Cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Pita bread or flatbread 4 pieces

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, turmeric, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to make the marinade.
  • Step 2: Place the chicken breasts in the marinade and coat them evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight for best results.
  • Step 3: Preheat the grill or stovetop grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any excess marinade. Grill the chicken for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through and lightly charred. Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  • Step 4: While the chicken is resting, warm the pita bread or flatbread in a dry skillet or on the grill for a minute or two on each side.
  • Step 5: Slice the grilled chicken into thin strips. Assemble the chicken shawarma by placing a few slices of chicken on each warmed pita bread or flatbread. Add your preferred toppings and sauces such as garlic sauce, tahini, hummus, pickles, and vegetables.
  • Step 6: Roll the pita bread or flatbread tightly to form a wrap. Secure with a toothpick if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious homemade Chicken Shawarma!

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