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.