Traditional shawarma

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: Shawarma
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 1097kcal
Savory, spiced chicken in a pita
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Ingredients

For the marinade

  • 2 lemons juiced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper freshly ground
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • A pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Red pepper flakes to taste

For the shawarma

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs boneless, skinless, cut into strips
  • 1 large red onion julienne
  • 8 pitas warmed
  • 4 roma tomatoes cut into wedges
  • romaine lettuce shredded
  • Tatziki sauce for serving

Instructions

  • In a large bowl whisk together all ingredients for the marinade. Add the chicken thigh and the onion, and marinate for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°
  • Remove the chicken and onion from the marinade, and spread on a foil-lined baking sheet. Discard the remaining marinade.
  • Bake at 425° for 30-40 minutes, or until chicken and onions are beginning to char slightly around the edges.
  • To assemble the shawarma, place a leaf or romaine into a pita, followed by chicken, and then tomato. Serve with tatziki if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 1097kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 1366mg | Potassium: 937mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 972IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 5mg