Monday, May 3, 2010

Recipe Corner: Chicken Shawarma

On Friday, I featured a recipe from Mama Bird’s Nest that used Tzatziki sauce, so I thought why not throw out another great recipe. This recipe, provided by my wonderful mom, comes from one of Rachel Ray’s great cookbooks. I hope you enjoy! And don’t forget to contact me if you are interested in having your blog and your yummy recipe featured in a Fabulous Food Friday Post. Whether you bake it, sauté it, or just microwave it, send it in! Share your yummy food and you may find yourself with new visitors. Please email me directly if you are interested. ( )


• 1 tablespoon ground coriander
• 1 tablespoon ground cumin
• 1 tablespoon ground cardamom (I use turmeric)
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1 tablespoon grill seasoning, recommended brand Montreal
• Juice of ½ lemon1 large cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
• 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 to 8 ounces each)
• 1 large onion, sliced
• 1 red bell pepper, sliced
• 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
• 4 pitas
• Tzatziki sauce
Yields: 4 servings


Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill to high.

In a bowl, combine the coriander, cumin, cardamom, chili powder, paprika and grill seasoning. And the juice of half a lemon, the garlic and about 3 tablespoons EVOO and stir until it is paste-like. Slather the mixture all over the chicken until it is well-coated.

Transfer to the grill and cook on each side for 6-7 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from the grill and let the chicken rest before thinly slicing. Once the chicken is working, preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Once you see the oil ripple, add the onions and peppers, and season with some salt and pepper.

Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes until the veggies start to wilt.

Place the pitas on the grill to warm them and give them a light char, about 1 minute on each side. To assemble, place some of the sliced chicken on each pita, top with some of the pepper and onion mixture, and a good dollop of store bought tzatziki sauce.


Ode to Motherhood said...

Thanks for sharing! Looks delicious!

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