Chicken, Cooking, Mediterranean

Week 17: Chicken Shawarma

My meals are typically focused on preparing and cooking meat, but this week I decided to switch things up and focus more on making the sauces and marinades. Considering they are equally important when it comes to making a delicious dish.

I found this mouth watering chicken shawarma recipe, and it made me think about all the tasty shawarma I had when I traveled to Israel a few years ago. It was so good there, not sure if I can replicate it, but I am up for a challenge.

The meal started with a 4 hour chicken marinade which included a couple ingredients I had never cooked with, and was unsure as to how they would taste mixed with yogurt. The recipe called for a combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, oregano, salt and pepper mixed with garlic, lemon juice and yogurt. The combination sounded complex and maybe a flavor overload, but stepping out of my comfort zone, I followed the recipe.

I also used thin chicken breasts and then sliced them into strips so they could absorb the marinade quicker. This worked well because I couldn’t let them marinade for a full 4 hours and they still turned out great!

When the 4 hour marinade was almost complete, I prepared the yogurt sauce. The sauce required less ingredients and the flavors blended together fantastically. My only issue was that to me, the sauce was a little bland. I decided that since I had a cucumber to put in the pita, I would dice up about a tablespoon of it and put it in the sauce. It was perfect and just what it needed, I highly recommend making this addition!

With the sauce made, I then diced up tomatoes, cucumbers and romaine lettuce and set them aside.

With everything prepped, it was time to cook the chicken.

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I placed the chicken on a super hot cast iron skillet. The recipe called for grilled chicken, which living in an apartment I do not have a grill, so the next best thing is my cast iron!

Once fully cooked, cut the chicken into small pieces to make it easier to bite into your pita sandwhich.

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With everything ready to go and the perfect picture taken, it was time to create my shawarma! I started with a pita and topped it with the romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, chicken and then a heavy hand of my (cucumber) yogurt sauce.

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Roll that pita up and enjoy the messiest, and most delicious chicken shawarma.

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Was it as good as the ones I had in Israel? Not sure it was too long ago. But this was so good, and what I imagine they tasted like there!

-R-

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