This Chicken Shawarma is one of my favorite easy chicken dinner recipes to make. 

 

This is my riff on the Wood Fired Chicken at Pita Jungle.  I fell in love with it the very first time we met, which was at lunch one day, and I was so infatuated with it that I went back that night to have it for dinner too. The layers of flavors are incredible, and I’ve come pretty darn close to nailing the flavors on the head with this Chicken Shawarma recipe.

It all begins with this  simple lemon garlic olive oil base and Shawarma seasoning which is what really makes this dish exceptional.  Then tomatoes are quickly cooked in a pan with the Garlic Oil and a pinch of the Shawarma Spice Blend with a few capers and sprigs of cilantro  tossed in for good measure giving you a tomato sauce with a combo of flavors that is…in a word…Heaven!

What is Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is a popular Middle Eastern street food made of marinated meats that are slow-cooked on a vertical rotisserie. When the meat is cooked through, shavings are cut off of the stack of meat for serving while the remainder of the meat stays on the rotisserie. The actual meaning of “shawarma” comes from the Turkish word “cevirme” which means “spinning or turning”.  Shawarma meats are marinated in a mixture of warm and savory spices (Shawarma seasoning) that makes the most tender, juicy and exotic flavored meats. It’s actually popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. For this easy Shawarma recipe, we just marinate the chicken then grill it.  

Chicken Shawarma Recipe

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, flattened thin (1 to 1-1/2 pounds)
  •  1/4 – 1/3 cup Garlic Base
  •  1/2 teaspoon Mediterranean Spice Blend

Lemon Garlic Oil

I use this Lemon Garlic Oil to make this recipe.

  •  1 cup olive oil 
  •  1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 10 cloves garlic, smashed with the back of a knife
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Shawarma Spice Blend

I use this Shawarma Seasoning to make this recipe.

  1.  1-1/2 tablespoons ground paprika
  2.  1 tablespoon dried thyme
  3.  2 teaspoons ground cumin
  4.  1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  5.  1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  6.  1/2 teaspoon allspice
  7.  1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8.  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9.  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pan Roasted Tomatoes

  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Garlic Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Shawarma Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

How to Make Chicken Shawarma

  1. Add your chicken breasts to a bowl, baking dish or large freezer bag. Mix the Lemon Garlic Oil and Shawarma Seasoning together, then pour over the chicken and turn over to coat both sides.  Cover with plastic wrap or seal your freezer bag and place in the refrigerator to marinate for a minimum of 1 hour.
  2. Grill the chicken on both sides for 4-5 minutes each or until no longer pink inside (I used my Le Creuset grille)

How to Make Lemon Garlic Oil

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until creamy in texture and the garlic is minced into fine pieces.

How to Make Shawarma Spice Blend

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a jar and seal the lid tightly.  Shake to blend.

Pan Roasted Tomatoes

While your chicken is cooking…

  1. Heat 1/4 cup of the Lemon Garlic Oil in a saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Add 1/4 teaspoon Mediterranean Spice Blend and swirl the pan.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and quickly cook until the tomatoes begin to soften. Stir so the tomatoes are evenly cooked.
  4. Toss in the capers. Remove from heat.
  5. Immediately spoon the Garlic Tomato Sauce over the chicken breasts and divide the tomatoes evenly over each breast.
  6. Garnish with cilantro.

How to Serve Shawarma

  • Slice the cooked chicken in thin strips and stuff inside pita bread or wraps and serve with tzatziki or dill sauce.
  • Serve grilled chicken breasts and thighs on a bed of mashed potatoes and wilted spinach then spoon pan-roasted tomatoes over the cooked Chicken Shawarma and garnish with chopped cilantro.

 

 

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Mediterranean Chicken with Garlic Tomato Sauce
Yield: 2 servings

Mediterranean Chicken with Garlic Tomato Sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, flattened thin
  • 1/2 cup Garlic Base, plus 4 tablespoons to marinate the chicken in
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, cut into large pieces (make sure they're firm - over ripe get too soft)
  • 1 teaspoon Mediterranean Spice Blend
  • Salt and Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1 cup olive oil (use light not extra-virgin)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 10 cloves garlic, smashed with the back of a knife
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons ground paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

For the Mediterranean Chicken
  1. Marinate the chicken breasts in 4 tablespoons of the Garlic Base for 1 hour.
  2. Grill the chicken until no longer pink inside 4-5 minutes on each side (I used my Le Creuset grille)
  3. While your chicken is cooking
  4. In a large saucepan heat the Garlic Base over medium high heat.
  5. Add the Mediterranean Spice Blend and swirl the pan.
  6. Add the tomatoes and quickly cook until the tomatoes begin to soften. Stir so the tomatoes are evenly cooked.
  7. Add the capers. Remove from heat.
  8. Immediately spoon the Garlic Tomato Sauce over the chicken breasts and divide the tomatoes evenly over each breast. Garnish with cilantro.
  9. Serve on a bed of wilted spinach and mashed red potatoes. Here's my recipe for MASHED POTATOES - omit the garlic and parmesan.
For the Garlic Base
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until creamy in texture and the garlic is minced into fine pieces.
For the Mediterranean Spice Blend
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a jar and seal the lid tightly.  Shake to blend.