We all know I have a deep love affair with Mediterranean food and this Chicken Shawarma Stuffed Pita situation is making me want to hop on a flight and jet off for a vacay!
It the chicken recipe to end all chicken recipes. You’ll flip. It’s marinated in the most glorious marinade. Then it’s grilled for a few minutes until fully cooked. THEN… it’s sliced and sautéed for a few minutes more to get those really delicious crispy bits that make you jump for joy. Everything gets rolled up in a pita and voila – the most perfect Chicken Shawarma lunch or dinner that maybe, just maybe, will make you feel like you’re beachside somewhere in the Mediterranean soaking up the sun.
- 2 lemons, juiced
- ½ cup olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 6 pieces of pita bread
- Chopped Parsley
- Cherry Tomatoes, halved
- Cucumbers, cubed
- 1 recipe Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
- Shredded Romaine
- In a large zip-top bag, combine the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, oregano and red-pepper flakes. Add the chicken, zip the top of the bag and give it a quick shake to combine. Refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.
- Pre-heat a cast iron to medium high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill each chicken thigh for 4-5 minutes on each side until done. Remove and set aside to rest.
- Slice the chicken against the grain into thin strips and transfer back into the skillet and sauté for 2 minutes until just slightly crispy around the edges.
- Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and toss to combine with the parsley, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.
- Place the chicken in the middle of a pita and top with the assorted toppings. Fold the pita up and wrap with parchment to hold it together.
I am so excited you are making one of my recipes and I would love to see how it turns out. Make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @whatsgabycookin so I can see your masterpiece!