Thursday, May 28, 2020

Chicken Shawarma (Middle Eastern)

This Chicken Shawarma recipe goes to knock your socks off! Just a handful of day with the aid of way of day spices makes a huge Chicken Shawarma marinade that infuses the fowl with unique Middle Eastern flavours. The odor when here's cooking is insane!

Chicken Shawarma

This is certainly one of my signature recipes that may likely be very acquainted to all my pals simply due to the fact I make this so often. It’s off the charts for attempt vs output: in effortless terms a handful of daily spices, garlic, a touch of lemon and olive oil transforms into probably some of the foremost implausible flavour.
When this fowl is cooking, the odor is incredible. Incredible!!!
This Chicken Shawarma is how I met most of my neighbours once I lived in a townhouse complex. The courtyard was out the entrance and once I had pals spherical for a BBQ, random of us I had with the aid of way of no means met previous than popped their head up over the fence, in need of to recognise what on earth I was making. They had been elated once I passed out samples!
The flavour of this Chicken Shawarma marinade is actually incredible, yet made with in effortless terms a handful of daily spices.

Great meals for gatherings

This, alongside with the Vietnamese Noodles with Lemongrass Chicken, are NULL of my most often made meals when I’m cooking for a crowd simply due to the fact it’s fundamental to make loads, they're equally huge “lay all of it out and allow everybody serve themselves” sort meals (I’m an enormous fan of meals like that), and it travels well. I’ve made this distinct instances on tenting journeys (along with the Vietnamese Noodles and Greek Gyros!).
Plus, there are at all times keen blokes circular to take manage of the BBQ (beer in hand) whereas us women sit again sipping wine. That’s an arrangement that matches me great! 😉
The flavour of this Chicken Shawarma marinade is actually incredible, yet made with in effortless terms a handful of daily spices.

How to Serve Chicken Shawarma

There are NULL most important methods to serve Chicken Shawarma. As Chicken Shawarma wraps – with tomato, lettuce, and a fundamental yoghurt sauce on the side. Other elective extras include: red onion, cheese (query authenticity? But that’s ok!!), hummus, hot sauce / chilli sauce.
And the different method is with rice and salads on the side. Thought I typically do serve pita bread or one other sort of flatbread as well, simply simply due to the fact it’s very on theme. ☺️ Here, the Chicken Shawarma is pictured with Mejadra which is a Middle Eastern lentil rice (seriously so nice you'll be able to / will desire to devour it simply with the aid of way of itself!) and a Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad (I skip the spicing of chickpeas otherwise there’s simply too much kapow spices going on).
A few different issues that might be very a lot at house alongside Chicken Shawarma:
  • Lemon Rice Pilaf
  • Rice Pilaf with Nuts and Dried Fruit
  • Chickpea Rice Pilaf
  • Juicy Greek Salad – the flavours in Greek salad pair truly properly with Middle Eastern food
  • Middle Eastern Shredded Cabbage, Carrot, Mint Salad
  • Middle Eastern Roasted Vegetables with Tahini Drizzle
The flavour of this Chicken Shawarma marinade is actually incredible, yet made with in effortless terms a handful of daily spices.
This recipe was section of a 7 course Arabian Feast menu that I shared 2 years ago. I didn’t get circular to redoing all the recipes, but I will one day! I love that menu simply due to the fact so a lot of it might be ready ahead, and there’s plenty of standard ingredients. Get your self organised, remove distractions and commit in your kitchen temporarily being a war zone and you’ll get most the prep achieved in 1 hour. 🙂
Be ready for the wonderful smells when you’re cooking this Chicken Shawarma! – Nagi xx
PS Try your hand at making your own flatbreads. My recipe is made with out yeast so they’re tremendous easy!
The flavour of this Chicken Shawarma marinade is actually incredible, yet made with in effortless terms a handful of daily spices.

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma recipe video! You can virtually odor the heady aroma through the screen….almost!!!?
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The flavour of this Chicken Shawarma marinade is actually incredible, yet made with in effortless terms a handful of daily spices.

Chicken Shawarma (Middle Eastern)

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 Servings4 - 6

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Recipe video above. This Middle Eastern fowl is incredibly aromatic. The marinade may be very quickly to train and the fowl might be frozen within the marinade, then defrosted previous to cooking. It is greatest cooked on the outside grill / BBQ, but I typically make it on the stove. Serve with a fundamental salad and flatbread laid out on an enormous platter and allow your company make their very own wraps.


  • 2lb /1 kg chicken thigh fillets , skinless and boneless (Note 3)


  • 1 large garlic clove , minced (or 2 small cloves)
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground cardamon
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper (reduce to 1/2 tsp to make it no longer spicy)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 clove garlic , crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper


  • 6 flatbreads (Lebanese or pita bread orhomemade tender flatbreads)
  • Sliced lettuce (cos or iceberg)
  • Tomato slices


  • Combine the marinade ingredients in an enormous ziplock bag (or bowl).
  • Add the fowl and use your arms to make certain each one piece is coated. If utilizing a ziplock bag, I discover it convenient to near the bag then therapeutic rubdown the bag to disperse the rub throughout each one fowl piece.
  • Marinate overnight or as plenty as 24 hours.
  • Combine the Yoghurt Sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix. Cover and placed within the fridge till required (it will final for three days within the fridge).
  • Heat grill/BBQ (or big heavy founded mostly pan on stove) on medium high. You ought to no longer ought to grease it as the marinade has oil in it and likewise thigh fillets have fat. But when you're anxious then oil your hotplate/grill. (See notes for baking)
  • Place fowl on the grill and train dinner the primary aspect for four to 5 minutes till properly charred, then turn and train dinner the different aspect for three to four minutes (the 2nd aspect takes plenty less time).
  • Remove fowl from the grill and hide loosely with foil. Set apart to relaxation for 5 minutes.


  • Slice fowl and pile onto platter alongside flatbreads, Salad and the Yoghurt Sauce.
  • To make a wrap, get a work of flatbread and smear with Yoghurt Sauce. Top with a little bit of lettuce and tomato and Chicken Shawarma. Roll up and enjoy!

 Recipe Notes:

1. MAKE AHEAD: Pop the marinade and fowl in a ziplock bag and freeze instantly away. Then simply due to the fact it defrosts, it'll marinate!
This also works properly made ahead, which I currently did once I made this for fifty of us as section of a multi-course meal. I grilled it within the morning and cut it up. Then previous to serving it was simply heated up within the microwave. Toss it with the juices pooled on the backside of the dish and nobody will guess it was cooked previous within the day!
2. If utilizing big lebanese bread as pictured (diameter is virtually 30cm/1 foot), you would like circular 300g/10oz of fowl per user (raw) to totally fill them out with out tucking the ends in. 200 - 250g/7 - 8oz per user appears to be sufficient on average, but I at all times cease up offering more!
3. Chicken - I use 6 items approx 5oz/150g each.
Chicken breast: I truly sense strongly that here's greatest made with thigh simply due to the fact it is got extra fats so that you get pretty caramelisation. But it is nonetheless tremendous tasty made with fowl breast. The greatest method is to chop them in half horizontally to make 2 thin steaks no thicker than 1 cm/ 2/5" each. If needed, pound lightly. Marinate per recipe. Then train dinner on a excessive warmth (not medium excessive per recipe) for simply 2 minutes on each one aspect till golden. They will likely be juicy and pretty inside!
4. Suggestions for issues to make on the side:

Mejadra (pictured in post) - Middle Eastern lentil rice
Chickpea Rice Pilaf- a little plenty less spiced than Mejadra
Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad (a Yotam Ottolenghi recipe, skip the spicing of chickpeas to maintain it fresher)
* Also see 7 Course Arabian Feast (summary beneath recipe)

5. BAKING: Cooking on a BBQ or range is greatest to get the caramelisation. Baking does no longer yield fairly the identical flavour - but nonetheless very good! Bake at 425F/220C for 20 - 25 minutes till a browned.
6. Nutrition for fowl in effortless terms simply due to the fact flatbreads range so a lot in measurement and calories.Assuming 6 servings.
Chicken Sharwarma Nutrition


Serving: 183gCalories: 275kcal (14%)Carbohydrates: 1.1gProtein: 32.9g (66%)Fat: 16.2g (25%)Saturated Fat: 3.2g (20%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 140mg (47%)Sodium: 918mg (40%)
Chicken Shawarma (Middle Eastern)
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