Chicken Shawarma

What is Chicken Shawarma, actually??

Shawarma is a popular dish originating from the Middle East. It’s a popular street food that is traditionally made in the form of spiced meats that are stacked on a vertical rotisserie with thin slices shaved off as it rotates. But don’t worry! We can cook our horizontally in a good old pan or on the BBQ!

Shawarma was traditionally made with lamb, mutton and chicken though these days you see it with beef too. It’s commonly served in the form of a wrap, though in some countries you see it served on plates with sides such as seasoned rice or fries, and salads. In this recipe, I’m giving you both options!

Can you make this shawarma in advance?

Yes, you can prepare and bake the chicken ahead of time–one or two nights in advance– and then assemble into pita pockets when the time comes. Refrigerate in tight-lid container until ready to use.

Warm chicken up in a skillet over medium heat, adding a little bit of liquid and tossing the chicken pieces until warmed through. The liquid will help it so it doesn’t dry up.

What does Chicken Shawarma taste like?

Shawarma is typically heavily seasoned with a variety of spices, including cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, and cloves. Our version includes fresh garlic as well as ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper for a little extra punch.

What can I serve with Chicken Shawarma?

Chicken Shawarma is commonly stuffed into a pita with lettuce, onion, tomatoes, and cucumber and drizzled with a garlicky yogurt sauce called toum– and that’s what we recommend here. This is the most classic way to eat it, but don’t let that limit you. Try serving it over rice or couscous or tossing it into some crunchy greens– and in that case, you could even drizzle the garlic sauce over top, sort of like a dressing. However you serve it, you’re going to love it.

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