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