Chicken Shawarma

It’s good to get a more savory dish up here. I’ve had quite the string of desserts going, but worry not. I promise I’ve been eating more than cookies and cake 🙂

The hubby and I made this recipe a couple of weekends ago. It’s been at least warm enough around here to melt most of the snow, so we decided that meant it was warm enough to break out the grill! I saw this recipe here on blogchef.net, although Bobby says that it was originally from Cooking Light. Blogchef.net really is a great site. We’ve made tons of recipes from there! Check it out, especially if you enjoy Chinese food!

The chicken in this dish is amazing. We easily could have eaten it straight of the grill without any of the other garnishes. The sauce actually ended up tasting a lot like hummus from the garlic, tahini, and lemon juice. Together – it was culinary bliss. Especially since “real meals” have been a welcome change for me in the past couple weeks, somehow oatmeal, PB&J, and lunch meat sandwiches don’t quite satisfy just the same. Enjoy!

(Printable Recipe)

Chicken Shawarma
Adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients:
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. curry powder
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 c. plain reduced-fat Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. tahini
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
4 pieces whole-wheat flatbread
1 c. romaine lettuce
2 tomatoes, diced

In a medium bowl, combine lemon juice, curry powder, olive oil, salt, cumin, and minced garlic. Add chicken and toss to coat. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. To prepare the sauce, in a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, and 1 clove minced garlic. Set aside.

Spray grill grates with cooking spray and pre-heat the outdoor grill. Place chicken strips on the grill (can place on skewers if desired). Grill for 4 minutes on each side or until chicken is fully cooked. Place pitas on grill rack and grill for 1 minute on each side or until lightly toasted. Place 1 pita on each plate. Top with chicken, lettuce, tomato, and sauce.


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