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Chicken Shawarma

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
Prep time 45 mins
Yield 4 servings
Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish of garlicky meat or poultry served on pitas. This chicken version is flavored with a savory yogurt sauce.

Ingredients

  • Chicken:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 16 (3-inch) strips
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt (such as Fage)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 (6-inch) pitas
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 8 (1/4-inch-thick) tomato slices

Nutrition Information

  • calories 384
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fat 9.8 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 4.1 g
  • polyfat 2.7 g
  • protein 34.4 g
  • carbohydrate 40 g
  • fiber 2.5 g
  • cholesterol 64 mg
  • iron 4.3 mg
  • sodium 821 mg
  • calcium 106 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

  2. To prepare chicken, combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss well to coat. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes.

  3. To prepare sauce, combine yogurt and next 4 ingredients (through 1 garlic clove), stirring with a whisk.

  4. Thread 2 chicken strips onto each of 8 (12-inch) skewers. Place kebabs on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done.

  5. Place pitas on grill rack; grill 1 minute on each side or until lightly toasted. Place 1 pita on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1/4 cup lettuce and 2 tomato slices. Top each serving with 4 chicken pieces; drizzle each serving with 2 tablespoons sauce.