Dec 3, 2010

Chicken Shawarma Sandwich



I got an email from one of my readers Aseel wanting my shawarma recipe so I thought I would go ahead and post it since this was not the first time I have been asked for this one. This is the recipe I always used to make when my family and I were back home in the states. Since living in Saudi I really have no need to make it anymore since its so easily obtainable. I had some chicken laid out so I thought I would whip this together. Be sure to make some homemade garlic sauce to go with it. I love my shawarma filled with chicken, fries, garlic paste and pickles. A great side is fries or chips.

2 pounds 3 ounces chicken breast, skinless and boneless
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon sumac
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground mastic (optional)
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 medium onions, peeled and chopped

*pita bread, garlic sauce, grilled tomatoes, French fries and pickles to serve.

1. Cut the chicken into long strips. In a medium sized bowl add chicken, lemon juice, oil, cloves, nutmeg, pepper, allspice, sumac, oregano, mastic, garlic and onions. Mix well, cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. Pre-heat oven to 400F. Place the chicken with the marinade in an oven proof dish. Cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes until tender. Serve with pita bread, garlic sauce, grilled tomatoes and fries.

Yields: 5 servings

Adapted from The Middle Eastern Cookbook

8 fabulous comments:

Anonymous said...

THANK you for this.

Aseel said...

Thanks Noor :)

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious!

Noor said...

Thank you all :)

Culinary Couture said...

Where can I find "sumac"

meeso said...

If I had these sandwiches easily accessible, I'd turn into a ginormous heifer and never stop eating them! Does that come close to explaining how much I love this sandwich? I love this sandwich! Looks so good!

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Noor said...

LOL I know they are so good but NONE are as good as the ones in The Middle East OMG amazing and CHEAP like MAYBE 50 cents per one.

Culinary you should be able to find it at any Turkish, Arab or Mediterranean market. Its bright red and course. You will use it so much its great with everything. I use it in breads, salads, with meats, chicken, etc.