Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish made with marinated meat, usually chicken or lamb, that is roasted on a spit and served in a pita bread wrap with vegetables and sauce. It originated in the Levant region of the Middle East and is now a popular street food all over the world. In this recipe, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to make chicken shawarma at home.
For the chicken marinade:
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
For the Shawarma wrap:
Tzatziki sauce (recipe below)
For the Tzatziki sauce:
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup grated cucumber
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Large mixing bowl
Skillet or griddle
In a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
Add the chicken strips to the bowl and toss to coat them evenly in the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
While the chicken is marinating, prepare the Tzatziki sauce. In a small mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and refrigerate until ready to use.
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, use tongs to add the chicken strips to the skillet, making sure to shake off any excess marinade. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until it is cooked through and browned on all sides. Use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the skillet and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it into thin strips.
To assemble the Shawarma wrap, warm the pita bread in the microwave or on a griddle. Layer the shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced onions, and chicken strips on the pita bread. Drizzle the Tzatziki sauce over the top, and wrap the pita bread around the filling.
This recipe contains dairy (Greek yogurt) and gluten (pita bread). If you have any other allergies, please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.
One chicken shawarma wrap contains approximately 400-500 calories, depending on the size of the pita bread and the amount of filling.
To make this recipe even healthier, you can use whole wheat pita bread or lettuce leaves instead of regular pita bread. You can also use a leaner protein such as turkey or tofu instead of chicken.
The spiciness level of this recipe can be adjusted to your liking. If you prefer a mild shawarma, you can reduce the amount of paprika or omit the cayenne pepper. If you like it spicy, you can add more cayenne pepper or a pinch of red pepper flakes.
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Tzatziki sauce ingredients (Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper): these can be found at your local grocery store or supermarket.
We hope you find this recipe and information helpful! Enjoy making and eating your homemade shawarma wrap!