Chicken Schwarma

Shawarma is stacked, marinated meats(beef, lamb, turkey, chicken or a mix of meats) that are cooked on a vertical spit. As the shawarma turns on the spit and cooks at a low heat for hours, it cooks in its own fats and juices. This process renders the meat so soft and juicy and equates to divine shawarma. Then the meat is sliced into think  shavings and served as it is (yes, please) or wrapped inside a flat bread with tahini, garlic sauces and some crisp veggies. This recipe serves 6 hungry people.

Low-carbers leave out the pita and top with your favorite items.

Marinade Ingredients
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch slices)
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (cut into 1 inch slices)

Sauce Ingredients
1 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons yogurt
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

6 large pitas
1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumbers
1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup grilled corn
1/4 cup purple cabbage
thinly sliced tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

Oven Directions
Mix together the marinade ingredients and cover the chicken with it and let refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 1 hour.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Cover a cookie sheet with foil and use the 1 tablespoon of oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Place the chicken in a single layer and allow it to cook for 15-20 minutes until it is coked thoroughly and browned.

Top with the sauce and any toppings you choose.

Grilling Directions
Heat the grill to low heat.

Soak wooden skewers in water for an hour and place pieces of chicken on the skewer.

Cook the chicken at a low heat for 30-35 minutes constantly turning them every 3-4 minutes.

Top with the sauce and any toppings you choose.


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