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Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shwarma

This chicken shawarma  is a Middle Eastern version of a gyro and features thin slices  of  chicken mixed with yogurt and wrapped in pita bread spread with tahini.  The sandwiches are then topped with fresh cucumber, tomato and onion.  Cooking Light APRIL 2010

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 stuffed pita halves) Prep time:20 Minutes

This dish is a big hit with my family, but the spices need to be kicked up to earn the original name, “Spicy Chicken Shwarma”

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 5 tablespoons plain low-fat Greek-style yogurt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 4 (6-inch) pitas, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped plum tomato
  • 1/4 cup prechopped red onion

Preparation

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 tablespoon juice, and 2 garlic cloves. Add chicken; toss to coat. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken mixture to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until browned and done, stirring frequently.

2. While chicken cooks, combine remaining 1/4 cup yogurt, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, remaining 1 garlic clove, and tahini, stirring well. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons tahini mixture inside each pita half; divide chicken evenly among pita halves. Fill each pita half with 1 tablespoon cucumber, 1 tablespoon tomato, and 1 1/2 teaspoons onion.

 

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Comments on: "Chicken Shawarma" (2)

  1. Oh, I love chicken shawarma! I remember that I had my first shawarma in India, actually, but it was sooo delicious. Will need to give this recipe a try 🙂

  2. rodweston said:

    I have made four trips to India but somehow missed experiencing shawarma. I didn’t have it until we stopped for dinner on the way to see the Avengers movie. We laughed when we saw the shawarma scene at the end of the movie and have been big shawarma fans ever since.

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