Chicken Shawarma

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This incredibly succulent and delicious Chicken Shawarma is made with easy pantry staples and cooks up to be some of the most flavorful Middle Eastern inspired chicken of all times!



 

Why I Love This Recipe

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 because SHORTCUTS! You could also easily do this on the grill.

I most recently used this as the inspiration behind the Chicken Shawarma Dinner Party Menu and it's pure perfection.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Lemons
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Ground Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Dried oregano
  • Red-pepper flakes
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs

How to Make

  • In a large zip-top bag, combine the lemon juice, ½ 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.
  • Preheat 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 to a serving platter and serve with all the other parts of the dinner party and accouterments.

Tips & Tricks

There's nothing better than well marinated chicken. This recipe needs at least 1 hour of marinating time, but it's preferable to do it overnight.

FAQ's

What is chicken shawarma made of?

Chicken shawarma is typically made of marinated chicken, spices, garlic, and yogurt.

What ethnicity is chicken shawarma?

Middle Eastern.

How to make chicken shawarma on the stovetop.

Marinate chicken thighs with a mixture of yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, and spices. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the marinated chicken until browned and cooked through, approximately 5-7 minutes per side. Serve the chicken shawarma in pita bread or wraps with desired toppings and sauces.

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Chicken Shawarma

Author: Gaby Dalkin
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This incredibly succulent and delicious Chicken Shawarma is made with easy pantry staples and cooks up to be some of the most flavorful Middle Eastern inspired chicken of all times!
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

For the Chicken

  • 2 lemons juiced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled, smashed and minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs

To Serve

  • Romaine Lettuce shredded
  • Castelvetrano olives

Instructions
 

  • In a large zip-top bag, combine the lemon juice, ½ 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.
  • Preheat 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 platter and serve with shredded lettuce, olives and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Notes

Keep more tzatziki on the side when you serve, and definitely make or buy pita chips!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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