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RECIPE: Chicken Shawarma

written by

Eileen Napier

posted on

June 18, 2023

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Make this chicken salad your next party dish.  With crisp garden veggies and delightful, aromatic seasonings, chicken salad has never been so well dressed.

Ingredients

Chicken Marinade
  • 4 Ramstead Ranch chicken breasts, bashed with kitchen mallet or rolling pin until flattened
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp natural yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp tahini (or substitute almond butter)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ C plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp cumin
Salad
  • ½ red cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1 small head of green lettuce, chopped
  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, halved, deseeded and sliced
  • ½ C cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Pitas or flatbreads, optional

Instructions

  1. We recommend preparing chicken marinade and salad dressing ahead of time, allowing at least 1 – 24 hr to marinate.  Decide if you want to serve your chicken warm, over salad greens, or choose to let them cool and serve salad chilled.  
  2. For chicken marinade, mix together garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, all the spices, oregano, a large pinch of salt and the yogurt to make a paste.
  3. Coat chicken with paste.  Cover and marinate for at least 1 hr, or chill overnight.
  4. Mix dressing ingredients together in a small bowl, season to taste, cover, and chill until needed.
  5. When you are ready to prepare your meal, toss salad ingredients together and chill.
  6. Heat grill or skillet to high.  Cook the marinated chicken for 4 minutes on each side, or until lightly charred and cooked through.  Set aside to cut.  You can serve chicken warm over salad, or allow to cool, and serve as a chilled salad.
  7. Add lemon juice and olive oil to salad greens and mix well.  Spread salad over a large platter.
  8. Slice chicken and arrange it over the salad.  Serve the salad with the dressing on the side.
  9. Serve with flat bread or pitas as you choose.
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