Chicken Shawarma + Homemade Shawarma Spice

 Chicken Shawarma  

 

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Shawarma – that’s a new word in my household. But boy – I was missing out! Shawarma is like the Middle Eastern gyro or tacos. And we love gyros and tacos don’t we? Yes, we do! It’s often thinly cut meat packed with Middle Eastern flavors such as cardamom, allspice, lemon, garlic, yoghurt, wrapped inside a pita and served with dishes such as hummus, tahini, tabbouleh or fries.

 

The day ‘suddenly’ got much lighter here, and the sun don’t go down until like 6.30 pm. That feels like an eternity when I’m used to it being dark basically all day during winter. And it’s light out when I wake up! I meaaan – Summer is getting close, I can smell it.

 

Chicken Shawarma + Homemade Shawarma Spice

 

And with Summer, there are lighter meals, more yoghurt and more lemon! Or at least, for me. I’m more of a comfort food eater during winter, and a salad doesn’t always appeal to me. However, after all that heavy food I’m looking forward to a new kind of comfort food – Summer, veggies and BBQ! Ohh and lemonade and berries. Yesss, I guess I’m looking forward to it.

 

Chicken Shawarma + Homemade Shawarma Spice

 

Seems like food and weather is what’s guiding my mood. Are you like that? All kinds of weather and food can get me in a good mood though. But winter, snow and pumpkin spice make me cozy, wanting to wrap up in blankets and hibernate. Summer is all about being outdoors, active and social around the garden table.

 

Ok, that sounded like we were jogging around the garden table, my bad. I mean, I’ve got restless legs, but not that restless… I am babbling – I guess you want to eat sometime this century right, so let’s get to this delicious super yummy Chicken Shawarma! I’m also throwing in a homemade shawarma spice blend so you can just whip this baby up in no time the next time (because there will be a next time, I promise).

 

 

Chicken Shawarma + Homemade Shawarma Spice

 

Let’s begin with the marinade. It’s just mix and forget really. But we need to make the shawarma blend first (You should also begin cooking quinoa for the tabbouleh, see below). Recipe is based on Jo Cooks’.

 

Shawarma Spice Blend

I halved the recipe from Little Spice Jar. Mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container. I know, so easy. You can marinade meat even easier than in my recipe here, but I haven’t tried this version; 2 tbsp of olive oil + 1 tbsp white vinegar and half a teaspoon of salt with 1 tbsp of shawarma to marinade 500 gr of meat. Marinade chicken for 20 minutes and beef for 1-24 hours (source). It sounds amazing, but I have not tried it! I’m all about the lemon and garlic in the next step.

 

Chicken Shawarma + Homemade Shawarma Spice

 

Chicken Shawarma Marinade

Add all the spices, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil to a bowl. Whisk well and toss in the chicken. Make sure the chicken is completely coated in the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for around 1 hour.

 

Pre-heat the oven to 220C (425F). Add sliced onion to the bowl with the chicken and toss around. Add everything to a 20x30cm (9×13) baking dish. If you still have a lot of marinade floating around, leave it behind. But the longer the meat is marinading, the more it will absorb.

 

Bake until chicken is done, around 35-40 minutes, depending on the size of chicken. Once done, let them rest 5 minutes before slicing.

 

Meanwhile…

Meanwhile everything is marinading, baking and so on – you’ll make the sides. The garlic sauce is made in around 30 seconds – just whisk everything together, taste and season more if you want. The tabbouleh salad is also very easy, but you need to cook and cool the quinoa, while you chop and measure the rest of the ingredients. See this link for an amazing tabbouleh recipe. Heat some pita wraps, spread with hummus, garlic sauce, tabbouleh and top with chicken shawarma.

 

Chicken Shawarma + Homemade Shawarma Spice

 

Enjoy this summer on a plate!

 

Other Summery or Middle Eastern dishes:

 

What’s your favorite summer or bbq recipe?

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts, either in the comment section below or tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram. And don’t forget to Pin it for later!

 

 

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Chicken Shawarma + Homemade Shawarma Spice Yum
This Chicken Shawarma is made with easy ingredients and is packed with delicious Middle Eastern flavors. Simple yet exotic weeknight dinner made in the oven!
Chicken Shawarma + Homemade Shawarma Spice
Course Healthy, Main Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Chicken Shawarma
Shawarma Spice Blend
Garlic Yoghurt Sauce
Serve with
Course Healthy, Main Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Chicken Shawarma
Shawarma Spice Blend
Garlic Yoghurt Sauce
Serve with
Chicken Shawarma + Homemade Shawarma Spice
Instructions
Shawarma Spice Blend
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the shawarma spice blend and store in an airtight container (and if you're making your own tabbouleh, start by cooking the quinoa or bulgur, because it needs to cool.)
Chicken Shawarma
  1. Add all the spices, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil to a bowl. Whisk well and toss in the chicken. Make sure the chicken is completely coated in the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for around 1 hour.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 220C (425F). Add sliced onion to the bowl with the chicken and toss around. Add everything to a 20x30cm (9x13) baking dish. If you still have a lot of marinade floating around, leave it behind. But the longer the meat is marinading, the more it will absorb.
  3. Bake until chicken is done, around 35-40 minutes, depending on the size of chicken. Once done, let them rest 5 minutes before slicing.
Sides
  1. Meanwhile everything is marinading, baking and so on - you'll make the sides. The garlic sauce is made in around 30 seconds - just whisk everything together, taste and season more if you want. The tabbouleh salad is also very easy, but you need to cook and cool the quinoa, while you chop and measure the rest of the ingredients (recipe in link below). Heat some pita wraps, spread with hummus, garlic sauce, tabbouleh and top with shawarma chicken.
Recipe Notes

* Use 1 tbsp of shawarma spice blend for each pound or 500gr of meat. I had approximately 1.5 or 750gr, but I like it spicy.

** Homemade Tabbouleh with quinoa

Did you make it? Tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram, I'd love to see!

Author: Stine Mari from Ginger with Spice
Adapted from: Jo Cooks and Little Spice Jar

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