Monday, September 9, 2013

chicken schawarma


When we were in Paris this summer, we couldn't get enough of the street food. While I basically survived on falafel, Miles was completely addicted to the chicken schawarma sandwiches. Ever since we got back, I've wanted to try to recreate his favorite meal. But since I don't foresee a vertical spit making its way into our kitchen any time soon, I settled for recreating the flavor as much as I could. And I have to say, this was pretty darn close!

This chicken has SO much flavor. The blend of spices is super delicious and makes your house smell kind of amazing. We ate ours in warm pita bread with tomatoes, cucumbers, and tzatziki. This would also be fabulous on a salad or on top of rice. However you eat it, enjoy!! This is definitely one to try!

Chicken Schawarma (adapted from Shiksa in the Kitchen)
serves 4

you'll need:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb.)
1/4 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for frying
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Slice the chicken breasts into 5-6 pieces each. Place them in a marinating dish or a large plastic zipper bag.

In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Pour spice marinade over the chicken. Use a spoon to turn the chicken to make sure the marinade evenly coats all the pieces. Cover the dish (or zip up the bag) and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place chicken pieces on the sheet, evenly spaced. Bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Use a sharp knife to slice the chicken into small pieces.

Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Transfer chicken to the skillet and saute for 3-4 minutes.

Serve chicken warm, and enjoy!

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33 comments:

  1. I'm bookmarking this! Have most of the spices in my cupboard - it sounds delicious and easy. It's wonderful when you can re-create the foods you enjoyed from travels. Have a great week, Marie!

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    1. Delicious and easy, it is! Thanks Monica! :)

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  2. Shwarma is GREAT! Just wondering why you have to bake and stir fry the chicken? Does it give it a crusted effect?

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    1. Yes, the stir fry is just to mimic the crispy edges of real schawarma! You could also run it under the broiler for a couple minutes!

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  3. My husband is obsssessssssed with schawarma, and I can only imagine his face if I made some. Thanks for a good idea and the possible brownie points :)

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  4. This looks fabulous-and I love how easy it is!

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  5. I am totally thinking this is going to be some delicious chicken with all those spices, and I know my husband is totally going to fall in love with this too! Pinning!

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  6. I love new chicken recipes, thank you so much for posting this!! I'm so happy you could "bring" this back from your summer trip!

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    1. Thanks Dan! Always fun to try to recreate memorable meals!

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  7. This is my kinda souvenir. I live in a house full of Chicken-Schawarma-loving-boys too - may be it's a guy-thing?

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    1. Must be! I bet your boys would love this one!

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  8. Hey now hey... we go to town on some Chicken Schawarma in my house.. Gotta try this for realz.

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  9. You chicken schawarma sounds amazing! The spices you mention are tickling my olfactory senses - taking me back to schawarma from street vendors in Abu Dhabi! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  10. I will absolutely be making this, and again, I'm embarrassed to say I've never had schawarma. I need to get out more. Looks delish Marie!

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    1. Thanks, Maria! Let me know how you like it! :)

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  11. So awesome that you recreated a sandwich from your trip to Paris! The spices in it sound delicious.

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    1. Thanks Ashley! It definitely took us back :)

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  12. If you ever make it out to Fort Worth, you should go to here:
    www.celaborelle.com/‎

    The wait is long but well worth it! He gives you SO much food. Best Hummus and Chicken Schawarma in Fort Worth.

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    1. Thanks so much for the recommendation! I'm making a note about it now for the next time I make it to FW!

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  13. It is an old mansion.....it's a few miles away from Magnolia Ave. I work Fri & Sat nights at Shinjuku Station. You should come their for their tok fries and chicken karaange. So Yum!

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    1. Making a note of that, too! Would love to try!!

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  14. I LOVE Chicken Schawarma and your recipe sounds amazing Marie! :)

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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  15. Mmm... chicken schawarma is SO good! This looks delicious!

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  16. Mmm... chicken schawarma is SO good! This looks delicious!

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  17. Oh yeah. Street food is where it's at! Love this dish. I've never tried to make it myself but now I'm going to! I am so jealous of your Paris trip. It's been years since I've been overseas *sigh*. I need to win lotto xx

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    1. I hope you love it! Paris was definitely a treat for us. Already ready to go back! :)

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