You are going to love this chicken shawarma recipe because it's so easy, so delicious and so quick to make. Packed with Middle-Eastern flavors, the shawarma spice is made with ingredients you probably already have on hand. And, a side salad and some Middle Eastern bread are all you need to make this a complete meal.
Cut the chicken thighs and legs into two pieces. If using chicken breast leave them as they are.
Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
Add the ginger and garlic – combine well.
Then, add all the other spices and combine well.
Lastly, add the olive oil and combine well.
Set aside to marinate – this can be left to marinate in the fridge overnight.
Heat a cast-iron skillet or grill pan on high heat.
Then, reduce heat to medium-high.
Cook chicken for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
Remove from heat and let rest for minutes.
Serve with side salad and tahini over flatbread or pita.
In a bowl, add the tahini paste, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
Add 3/4 cup water and stir to a smooth paste.
Adjust seasoning – adding more salt, pepper or lemon juice to taste.
Check consistency – adding more water if necessary.
Pour into a bowl or mason jar.
To serve as a sauce – drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle with paprika.
Serving chicken shawarma
Place the flatbread on a plate.
Smear some thick tahini sauce.
Add some chopped salad.
Layer shawarma chicken.
Drizzle some more tahini sauce.
Fold the bread over the filling – to make a wrap.
Alternatively, you can split a pita bread in half, fill it with salad, and chicken shawarma pieces. Drizzle with tahini sauce and serve.
Yogurt sauce instead of tahini sauce
Shawarma Chicken is also very often served with a yogurt sauce around the world. And it's a wonderful light and creamy way to serve these middle eastern flavors. It is very easy to make. Just combine together