Recipe for Shawarma


  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts (thinly cut)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 8 loaves of pita bread or 4 large
  • thinly slice cucumbers
  • thinly sliced onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • thinly sliced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • pickle slices (optional)

Cooking Directions

Mix all the ingredients except for chicken, fillings, and sauce ingredients to make marinade.add a little olive oil (a tablespoon )

Add chicken, cover and marinade overnight.keep in refrigerator.In a large saucepan, cook chicken over medium heat until done. do not overcook! If chicken becomes a little dry, add a few tablespoons of water throughout cooking duration.

While chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Combine sauce ingredients and mix well. keep aside.

Take the onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and sprinkle with sumac. Add other filling ingredients in a large bowl and combine very well.

When the chicken is done, you can cut it into wide strips,shred it, slice it, or leave into large pieces.

Preparation of Pita
Place enough chicken on pita that cover 1/4 of the loaf. Add vegetables and pour sauce. Roll like a soft taco or burrito and you have shawarma.

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