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Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross Photo by: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Spicy Chicken Shawarma

This chicken shawarma  is a Middle Eastern version of a gyro and features thin slices  of  chicken mixed with yogurt and wrapped in pita bread spread with tahini.  The sandwiches are then topped with fresh cucumber, tomato and onion.

Cooking Light APRIL 2010

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 stuffed pita halves)
  • Prep time:20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 5 tablespoons plain low-fat Greek-style yogurt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 4 (6-inch) pitas, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped plum tomato
  • 1/4 cup prechopped red onion

Preparation

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 tablespoon juice, and 2 garlic cloves. Add chicken; toss to coat. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken mixture to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until browned and done, stirring frequently.

2. While chicken cooks, combine remaining 1/4 cup yogurt, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, remaining 1 garlic clove, and tahini, stirring well. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons tahini mixture inside each pita half; divide chicken evenly among pita halves. Fill each pita half with 1 tablespoon cucumber, 1 tablespoon tomato, and 1 1/2 teaspoons onion.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 402
  • Fat: 10.7g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2g
  • Protein: 36.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 40g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Cholesterol: 67mg
  • Iron: 4.1mg
  • Sodium: 541mg
  • Calcium: 93mg
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