Chicken Shawarma Dinner Party Menu (and prep schedule)

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This spring we're all about the Chicken Shawarma Dinner Party Menu and you guessed it, it comes with a very easy prep schedule so you can actually relax by the time your guests arrive!

You know there's nothing I love more than entertaining at home. Gathering a handful of your friends and making an easy spread that will have people lingering around the table for hours just happily snacking on their third or fourth helping. Get ready for your new favorite dinner party menu: Chicken Shawarma Dinner Party Menu!


Why I Love This Menu

Chicken Shawarma is a popular Middle Eastern dish that's traditionally layers and layers of meat on a stick that is cooked vertically. It's an incredibly popular street food and it's been adapted with different spices etc for other parts of the world. (ie: Al Pastor in Mexico) While I am OBSESSED with cooking it on a stick, we're making it in a cast iron skillet for the sake of this dinner party because SHORTCUTS! You could also easily do this on the grill.

Once the meat is taken care of, the rest is easy + knife skills. We've got an insane Green Cabbage Salad that can be prepped ahead. A duo of dips that you can serve with fresh pita, hello Homemade Hummus and Whipped Feta. And some a bright Herby Cucumber Salad plus a Balsamic Roasted Eggplant. It's all very simple and comes together beautifully. Let's get into the Chicken Shawarma Dinner Party Menu!


Day Before:

  • Make the Hummus and cover. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Make the Whipped Feta and cover. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Marinate the Chicken Shawarma and let sit overnight in the fridge.

Morning Of:

  • Buy fresh pita bread or make it if you're feeling like an overachiever.
  • Make the Cabbage Salad start to finish. Cover and refrigerate until 1 hour before you're ready for dinner.
  • Make the Cucumber Salad and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Afternoon Of

Right Before Dinner:

  • Re-heat the Balsamic Roasted Eggplant on a sheet pan for about 5-10 minutes. Then transfer to a serving platter and garnish right before serving. This can be served at room temperature.
  • Remove the Cabbage Salad from the fridge and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Grill or cook the Chicken Shawarma. Once done, transfer to a serving platter and serve.
  • Plate the Whipped Feta and Homemade Hummus with fresh pita bread.
  • Transfer the Cucumber Salad into a serving bowl.
  • EAT!!
Whipped Feta

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