Friday, December 23, 2011

Shawarma Djaj - Chicken Shawarma (Lebanon -- Middle East)

Photo: Chicken Shawarma

Lebanese Food, the home of tasty Lebanese food, invites you to try Chicken Shawarma Recipe. Enjoy our collection of traditional Lebanese food Recipes and learn how to make Chicken Shawarma.

This recipe comes from the 2002 cookbook, Mediterranean Street Food. Preparation time does not include the 3 hours needed for the chicken breasts to marinate.

Servings: 4


2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup onion , thinly sliced
1 lemon , juice of
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (a 'scant' 1/2 cup)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt , to taste
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
4 pita bread , oval
4 tablespoons garlic sauce (see Thum -- Garlic Sauce (Lebanon -- Middle East) #373997)
2 small tomatoes , thinly sliced
1 small red onion , thinly sliced
4 gherkins , thinly sliced lengthwise
2 tablespoons mint , finely chopped
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley , finely chopped


In a mixing bowl, combine chicken breasts with 1/2 cup of onion, lemon juice, olive oil & spices, then add the thyme before adding the salt to taste.

Stir well & then let marinate, covered, in the refrigerator for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, then place chicken breasts in a roasting pan & bake for 25-30 minutes or until done.

Remove from the oven & shred the chicken into slivers.

Open oval pitas at the seam to create a large pocket, then spread a tablespoon of garlic sauce on the bottom half before filling each pits with equal amounts of sandwich ingredients (i.e. chicken, tomato, onion, gherkins, mint & parsley).

Wrap the bottom of the 'sandwiches' with a napkin & serve immediately.

By Sydney Mike

More Lebanese Food Recipes:

Spinach Fatayer
Zucchini & haloumi fritters with tabouli
Zucchini and haloumi fritters with dill yoghurt dressing
Reduced-fat Hummus
Extra Easy Hummus
Shepherd's Salad

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