Chicken Shawarma

Approximately 600 calories per person for two people

  • Prep time: about 35 minutes and at least 3 hours in refrigerator
  • Cook time: about 30 minutes

Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon (tsp) Nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon (tsp) Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (tsp) cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 ounces (85 grams) onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon (Tbsp) lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) olive oil

Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients

  • 3 ounces 85 grams English cucumber, partially peeled (striped) and sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon (tsp) salt, divided
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon (tsp) white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon (tsp) Olive Oil
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ⅛ teaspoon (tsp) ground white pepper (or black pepper)
  • ¼ teaspoon (tsp) dried dill

Mediterranean Salad Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (340 grams) tomatoes, diced
  • 12 ounces (340 grams) English cucumber which should be what is left after the Tzatziki sauce, slightly skinned and diced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 10 Arugula leaves, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon (tsp) black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons (tsp) olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon (tsp) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ⅓ teaspoon (tsp) Freshly made Lemon Zest
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon (tsp) White Vinegar

Follow these steps in the following order

Chicken Prep Instructions

  • In a small bowl, create the Shawarma spices by mixing the cumin, turmeric, coriander, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. 
  • Set aside the shawarma spice mix for now.
  • Pat the chicken thighs dry and season with salt on both sides, then thinly slice into small bite-sized pieces.
  • Place the chicken in a large bowl. 
  • Add the Shawarma spices and toss to coat. 
  • Add the onions, lemon juice and olive oil. 
  • Toss everything together again. 
  • Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight (if you don’t have time, you can cut or skip marinating time)

Tzatziki Sauce Instructions

  • Use a small food processor to finely chop the cucumber.
  • Toss the cucumber with ⅛ teaspoon salt. 
  • Spoon the grated cucumber into a cheese cloth or a double thickness napkin and squeeze dry. (There will be a lot of liquid). 
  • In a bowl, place the minced garlic with remaining ⅛ teaspoon salt, white vinegar, and olive oil. 
  • Mix to combine.
  • Add the dried cucumber to the bowl with the garlic mixture. 
  • Stir in the yogurt, and a pinch of white or black pepper, and dried dill.
  • Stir to combine well. 
  • Cover and refrigerate while preparing the rest of the dinner. This will help thicken the sauce and the flavors to meld. 

Chicken Cooking Instructions

  • When chicken is ready, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
  • Take the chicken out of the fridge and let it sit in room temperature for a few minutes.
  • Spread the marinated chicken with the onions in one layer on a large lightly-oiled baking sheet pan. 
  • Roast for 30 minutes in the 425 degrees pre-heated-oven. 
  • At 20 minutes, check the internal temperature of the chicken. You want it to be 165 degrees.

Mediterranean Salad Instructions

  • While chicken is cooking make the salad.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the diced tomatoes, cucumbers, arugula, and parsley. 
  • Season with salt and toss. 
  • Set aside for 5 minutes or so.
    Add the lemon zest, vinegar, olive oil, black pepper, paprika, and lemon juice. 
  • Mix well
  • Set the salad aside.

Put in all together

  • Remove chicken from the oven when internal temp of chicken is 165 degrees.
  • When ready to serve, stir the tzatziki sauce to refresh.
  • Give the salad a gentle toss.
  • Split the chicken on two plates.
  • Pour tzatziki sauce over chicken.
  • Spilt the salad on the side of the two plates.
  • Serve immediately!

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