Chicken Shawarma

I haven’t been able to get enough Indian or Middle Eastern food lately. I’ve been craving the stuff. Everything from potato aloo, to saag paneer, to all kinds of curries and different sauces and spices. I think that is one of the things I love about that cuisine, and it is getting to the point where it is competing with other cuisines I love so much such as Thai and Mexican. As you recall, I recently made a batch of shawarma spice seasoning, only to be used, for the most part, this recipe. Chicken shawarma is something you need to make, and traditionally done over a spit, I decided to bake mine as the weather on this particular day was not in my favor.

Shawarma can be many different types of meat, but it essentially relates to a sandwich. Think of your favorite gyro place where they are slicing meats from a spit, and placing it inside of warm pita or flatbread, along with sauces and vegetables. That’s shawarma, and this is my take on it. Did I mention my entire family was totally in love with this?

Chicken Shawarma Sandwich Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thick strips
  • 3 tbsp shawarma spice seasoning
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite hummus
  • 1/4 cup of tzatziki sauce
  • 2 tbsp tahini sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • sliced cucumbers, to your liking
  • sliced tomatoes, to your liking
  • 1 whole pita bread, warmed
  • 1/2 cup cooked french fries, per sandwich, optional

OK, let’s get this going. Now you have options here. You can go with adding the seasoned strips to a skewer and adding them onto a grill, or you can bake them, as I did. You decide.

Start by marinading your chicken. To a mixing bowl, add the chicken, and the oil. Toss to coat, then add in the shawarma spice mix. Toss again to make sure all of the chicken is coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Chicken Shawarma Ingredients

During this time, prepare your tzatziki, hummus, and tahini sauce. They all go pretty quickly, and can be used throughout the week. That’s always a great thing.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Add the chicken to a baking sheet, and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Once cooked, let it cool slightly, then chop into bite sized pieces.

Keep the oven on, and cook your french fries.

Heat a skillet on high heat, then add in the chicken, to get a nice sear on the pieces, tossing along the way. Once you get a nice sear, remove from the heat, and set aside until you are ready to make your sandwich.

Take your warmed pita and smear on the hummus.

Top with pieces of the chicken, drizzle on the tahini sauce, then top with the tomatoes and cucumbers. Add a couple of dollops of tzatziki sauce, the top with the french fries and drizzle with some more that tahini sauce.

Now you are ready to dig in. Fold that pita, open wide, and take this bad boy on. This chicken shawarma is so good, and the entire flavor combination just makes this an awesome one. The chicken itself is so warm and addicting in the spices, then you get that creamy hummus, and the garlic tahini. Whoa, this one is great, and again my entire family devoured them. A must make if you are looking for great all-around Middle Eastern flavors and a killer sandwich to boot. Hope you enjoy!

Chicken Shawarma
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Recipe type: Sandwiches
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
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Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thick strips
  • 3 tbsp shawarma spice seasoning
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ cup of your favorite hummus
  • ¼ cup of tzatziki sauce
  • 2 tbsp tahini sauce
  • ½ cup shredded lettuce
  • sliced cucumbers, to your liking
  • sliced tomatoes, to your liking
  • 1 whole pita bread, warmed
  • ½ cup cooked french fries, per sandwich, optional
Instructions
  1. OK, let’s get this going. Now you have options here. You can go with adding the seasoned strips to a skewer and adding them onto a grill, or you can bake them, as I did. You decide.
  2. Start by marinading your chicken. To a mixing bowl, add the chicken, and the oil. Toss to coat, then add in the shawarma spice mix. Toss again to make sure all of the chicken is coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.
  3. During this time, prepare your tzatziki, hummus, and tahini sauce. They all go pretty quickly, and can be used throughout the week. That’s always a great thing.
  4. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Add the chicken to a baking sheet, and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Once cooked, let it cool slightly, then chop into bite sized pieces.
  6. Keep the oven on, and cook your french fries.
  7. Heat a skillet on high heat, then add in the chicken, to get a nice sear on the pieces, tossing along the way. Once you get a nice sear, remove from the heat, and set aside until you are ready to make your sandwich.
  8. Take your warmed pita and smear on the hummus.
  9. Top with pieces of the chicken, drizzle on the tahini sauce, then top with the tomatoes and cucumbers. Add a couple of dollops of tzatziki sauce, the top with the french fries and drizzle with some more that tahini sauce.

 

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Tahini Sauce

Not too long ago, I posted a recipe for a shawarma seasoning (that was really great), and I used it when making chicken shawarma, another recipe that I will be posting in the near future. To accompany the chicken shawarma, I made a batch of tahini sauce. If you have never had tahini sauce, oh man, it’s a must try. The ingredients are simple, but the impact it makes on sandwiches, or salads for that matter is amazing.

As my chicken shawarma had some hummus I had made a few days prior, I decided to do a final drizzle of tahini sauce to elevate the sandwich to another level.

The picture is not very exciting to say the least, but you can get a sense of what it looks like.

Tahini Sauce Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of tahini paste, mixed
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup of lukewarm water, more if needed
  • 1/4 tsp salt, to taste

That’s it. You can add some minced fresh parsley if you want, but I wanted mine to be a bit cleaner in a sense.

Basically add everything to a mixing bowl, and stir until everything is incorporated. The consistency should be that of a salad dressing, not too thick, and not too thin.

Tahini Sauce Recipe

The lemon and garlic are perfectly balanced by the tahini paste. Did I mention how much I love tahini sauce? Again, this tahini sauce goes great on salads, sandwiches, or heck even a quick dip for pita chips. Hope you enjoy!

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Roasted Fennel

Where do I begin with fennel? It’s something that I look at all the time, whether that be at the grocery store, or at a farmer’s market. Look, I said, not purchase. So I had to break that routine, and buy a fennel bulb. When I brought it home, I thought I might slice it and eat it raw, and then I took a look at the fennel fronds and thought I might use it as a garnish of some sorts, or place it in a salad. You can tell I was all over the place, and then I decided to simply roast the fennel and serve it as a side dish alongside some roasted chicken.

Roasted Fennel Recipe

If you have never had fennel before, it is pretty diverse and can be eaten raw, or cooked, and it has a mild licorice like flavor. With that said, you are probably either going to love it, or hate it. My family is on the neutral front.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bulb of fennel
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

That’s it. Super simple, and a great side dish, especially with fish.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Take the fennel bulb, removing the fennel fronds (the green stuff that looks like dill), and slice off the base of the fennel.

With the remaining bulb, thinly slice the fennel and add it to a small mixing bowl.

How to make roasted fennel

Season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper, and give it a good mix.

Once the oven is heated, place the fennel on a baking sheet, and spread it out.

Roast the fennel in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the fennel gets nice and roasted and caramelized. Remove and serve.

The end result is a nice and tender piece of fennel that is somewhat sweet, with a mild licorice flavor. Also note, fennel is really, really good for you, so if you are like me and look and fennel but never purchase it, go ahead and pick one up and serve it raw or roasted. You only live once, so go ahead and give it a try. Hope you enjoy!

 

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Loaded Fajita French Fries

For whatever reason, I have been thinking of loaded fries lately. Not sure if I had nachos on my mind, or maybe it was those darn kimchi fries I made not too long ago, but it was time for me to take some action and get down to it and make a batch of fries. I had set out a rump roast the previous evening and not knowing what to do with it, I decided to turn it into some Mexican fajita meat, and beat down my craving for fries. This is when the whole idea of fajita french fries came into play.

Loaded Fajita French Fries

Think of this as everything you love about fajitas, but stacked on top of crispy cheese fries. Addicting, delicious, and something perfect for snacking on with some friends. Typically flank or skirt steak are used for fajitas, but the rump roast turned out just fine, especially in a great marinade.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb rump roast, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 whole yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups of your favorite french fries, cooked
  • sour cream, optional
  • salsa, optional
  • 3 tbsp canola oil

Start by marinading your meat. Mix the brown sugar, half of the lime juice, garlic, and soy sauce in a baking dish, and mix until the sugar dissolves.

Add in your rump roast, and gently toss to combine the marinade. Cover and let this marinate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

To another bowl, add the peppers and onion, and toss in the other half of the lime juice, black pepper, garlic powder, salt, and cumin powder. Give a good stir, and cover and place in the refrigerator.

How to make loaded fajita french fries

When you are about ready to make these fries, heat a large cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the oil and give it a nice swirl.

Lay in your meat, being careful not to crowd it, and cook on both sides until it is nice and caramelized. You may have to wash out and scrape your skillet and repeat as the sugar from the marinade may stick to the skillet. Repeat with any remaining beef.

During this time, cook your french fries until they are nice and crispy.

Once the meat is cooked, cut into thinner strips.

To another skillet, add in about a half tablespoon of oil, and on medium-high heat, add in the bell peppers and onions. Cook until they are just slightly softened.

Remove the fries when they are crisp and top with the shredded cheese. Return back to the oven until the cheese is nice and melted.

Remove the cheesy fries, and top with the sliced beef and bell peppers and onions. Drizzle on your salsa and give a little dollop of sour cream.

Now get in there and dig in.

Talk about comfort food! The crispy cheesy fries paired with the peppers and beef. Whoa. Don’t even get me started on the beef. My kids saw the beef right away and wanted me to make them some Mexican street tacos (which I did) and I thought they were going to eat it all, preventing me from making my fries! Hands down a fun dish to serve up. Fajitas in french fry style. What’s not to love. Hope you enjoy!

 

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