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Perfect Chicken Shawarma

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There’s something truly magical about the perfect Chicken Shawarma. The spices, the tender chicken, the creamy sauce, all come together in a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate. This recipe brings the essence of Middle Eastern cuisine right into your kitchen, allowing you to recreate a street food classic with ease. Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just treating yourself, this Chicken Shawarma promises a culinary journey that’s both exotic and comforting.

The secret to this dish lies in the marinade and the balance of flavors in the secret sauce. Marinating the chicken overnight infuses it with depth and complexity, while the sauce adds that irresistible tangy kick. Paired with crisp vegetables and wrapped in a soft pita, each bite is a perfect blend of textures and tastes. It’s not just a meal; it’s an experience that brings the vibrant streets of the Middle East to your dining table.

Full Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb chicken (2 large chicken breasts) divided into two
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (red pepper)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 hotdogs
  • Pocket pita bread (available at Mediterranean stores or restaurants)

Secret Sauce:

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  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha sauce (or substitute with 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce (or substitute with 1/2 teaspoon sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Veggies:

  • 1 cup cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/4 cup red cabbage (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix garlic powder, cumin, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, unsweetened yogurt, and oil. Marinate the chicken in this mixture for at least 2 hours or overnight for best results.
  2. Preheat a grill or skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken until it’s well done and has nice grill marks, about 7-8 minutes on each side. Let it rest before slicing into thin strips.
  3. Grill the hotdogs until they are slightly charred.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the secret sauce.
  5. Slice the cabbage and carrot thinly.
  6. Warm the pocket pita bread on the grill or in a skillet.
  7. Assemble the shawarma wraps: spread some secret sauce inside the pita pocket, add chicken strips, grilled hotdog, and veggies. Drizzle some more sauce on top.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes + marinating time

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