Chicken shawarma. The simplest ingredients and the perfect spice mix brings the iconic street style Middle Eastern masterpiece to your dinner table. This deliciously fancy ‘homemade’ version features spiced chicken slices, garlic sauce, lettuce, cucumbers and vibrant tomatoes – all in a flavor packed pita wrap. Unbelievably delicious!
The key factor that makes any street food undeniably tempting is the taste. Do you agree? In fact, all street foods are downright delicious.
Chicken shawarma. The iconic street food cooked on a vertical spit for hours is definitely so popular around the world just because of its lip-smacking flavor and taste. The meat, when combined with the garlic sauce, pita and greens, is transformed into the ultimate chicken wrap. Of course, I can’t deny the fact that the oven baked version is a far cry from its traditional centuries-old origins. However, I must say, this is the perfect, foolproof option if you want to make shawarma at home.
How To Make Chicken Shawarma
First, the chicken. Here’s a pro tip – use only chicken thighs in this recipe for tender juicy meat. Marinate chicken with a simple blend of shawarma spice mix, olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Let the chicken sit in the marinade overnight so it’ll absorb all the incredible flavors. When ready to cook, bake them in a preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Remember the cooking time may vary depending on the size of the thighs.
Next, the garlic sauce. If you want to go the traditional way, taoum is the garlicky sauce used in this dish. It looks very similar to regular mayonnaise and is actually a garlic whip or emulsion. You will need to grind the garlic to a smooth paste and emulsify it with a slow drizzle of olive oil (regular not extra virgin). But, let’s go the easy route with a delicious combination of mayonnaise, lots of garlic, lemon juice and an optional addition of red chili flakes. Let me tell you, it’s incredibly delicious.
Chicken shawarma is usually served in a pita wrap with a generous drizzle of garlic sauce, sliced chicken, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes. With the lettuce, you can opt for regular iceberg but romaine or cos lettuce takes this wrap to another level. Again, regular big plump tomatoes are totally okay, but cherry tomatoes make it so pretty.
When it comes to the filling of this shawarma wrap, the options are endless. You can add more Middle Eastern touch to this utterly delicious wrap with Middle Eastern pickles, pomegranate molasses and everyone’s favorite French fries.
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- Arabic Salad
- Sumac Chicken | Mussakhan
- Mahalabia with Rose Jelly | Middle Eastern Milk Pudding
- Crinkle Cake
- Easy Falafel Recipe
- Best Hummus Recipe
- Chicken Kabsa | Arabian Chicken and Rice
- Basbousa | Semolina Coconut Cake