Spicy Chicken Shawarma

  • sukeedog Posted: 03/29/10
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    This is super tasty and easy to prepare, although I think I prefer CL's July 2008 chicken shawarma recipe. I used chicken thighs instead of breasts and served with red seedless grapes as suggested. Reheated well for lunch the next day.

  • julie64 Posted: 03/19/10
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    Really good - almost as tasty as the local Lebanese place. Next time will kick up the red pepper just a smidge. My son licked it clean!

  • kkparsons Posted: 05/05/10
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    This was easy and pretty tasty. My husband and I liked the taste of the chicken but thought that it could be a little stronger, so next time I will probably double the spice mixture.

  • WesternLady Posted: 03/28/10
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    Recipe gets a big thumbs up! I skipped the parsley and used fresh spinach. Also used whole wheat flatbread instead of pitas. Excellent results - this will be served over and over in our home.

  • lizardstew Posted: 05/22/10
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    This was fab - it had great flavor! My husband loved it too! I used whole wheat pitas and made a little bit extra sauce.

  • SharonDeol Posted: 03/21/10
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    Easy and delicious. Agree with the other reviewer's comment that I'd had more crushed red pepper next time to add more kick. I will also be more liberal with the tahini mixture in each pita. And I'll go heavier on the yogurt when I make the mixture in order to add more moisture/lightness to the sauce and the overall pita sandwich.

  • smottet7 Posted: 05/30/10
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    This recipe was incredible and quite simple. It was the perfect meal for a very hot day...light and fresh. We used hummus as an additional sauce and a little bit of goat cheese. This recipe will definitely be thrown into the rotation.

  • pretendchef Posted: 04/15/10
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    We loved this recipe! A couple of changes: I added more yogurt, lemon juice & tahini to the sauce so there was more to go around; also added more cucumber and some split grape tomatoes (the local growers are selling them again, we can't get enough). Very tasty, also very good as leftovers the next day (though a bit onion/garlicky)

  • JeffTracy86 Posted: 04/04/10
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    Thought this had awesome flavor. I left the chicken breasts whole, put the sauce on them and let them sit for a little while then grilled them. Sliced the grilled chicken and used it that way. Great!

  • TheRealKatie Posted: 05/03/10
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    I loved this. I had it for lunch every day for a week and I looked forward to it every day! I didn't change anything. I will definitely make it again. It reheats really well (just reheat the chicken and assemble the pita "sandwiches" each day).

  • AmyBinSJ Posted: 05/17/10
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    YUM! Served over mixed greens instead of using pita and was a super delish treat.

  • crusnock Posted: 04/24/10
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    Surprisingly tasty - would like to try cooking the chicken on the grill next time. We doubled the tahini sauce.

  • nkyhky Posted: 04/06/10
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    My husband and I liked this so much that we made it two nights in a row! We didn't find it spicy at all, so the second night I added a little more red pepper. Be sure to cut the pieces of chicken pretty small so they fit into the pita easier.

  • HelenSW5 Posted: 03/22/10
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    I loved this recipe. I didn't have greek yogurt and substituted lime yogurt (!). It did not have the right taste, but anything will do in a pinch! Definitely more tahini and yogurt. I made a kind of Israeli health salad with it, and put that on instead of cucumbers and tomatoes. My kids even loved this recipe. I

  • jen253 Posted: 05/20/10
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    Really tasty and easy! 3 generations ate it and loved it. Used WW pitas (1 point) to shave off a few more calories. Will make it again and again!

  • yimdon Posted: 03/26/10
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    This was easy and satisfying. I made a slight error in preparing this recipe. I used all 5 tablespoons of greek yogurt for the marinade. It did not matter. I had to increase the heat on the stove in order to brown the chicken thoroughly after the liquid evaporated. I also cut the red pepper flakes in half for my children. I will make this again.

  • JessicaLuu Posted: 06/07/10
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    One of my family's favorite recipes is a chicken shawarma recipe from summer of '08, and this one just didn't compare. It was just okay, but the other recipe is way better, and I would recommend that one instead. The only plus was that this one was a little easier to make, but not enough so that I would use this one over the old one.

  • isleoffood Posted: 07/27/10
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    My husband and I love these for a quick meal. I don't make the tahini sauce. Instead I serve them with pitas and homemade hummus. My husband likes them with a saffron rice, but sometimes I make tabbouleh as a side dish. It tastes great on the sandwiches too.

  • lisa6226 Posted: 02/23/11
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    Made this last night.it was delicious.My husband loved it.He went for seconds.Will make agin it was quick and easy

  • lisaandrobbie Posted: 11/14/10
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    We love this recipe. One of our regulars, and really simple to make.

  • lilmel978 Posted: 01/26/11
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    Love this! It has so much flavor and is delicious. The only think that I changed was that I used ground chicken instead of the sliced chicken breast. I stirred all the seasoning into the ground chicken when it was raw and then just browned it up really quickly. I think the ground chicken probably made it easier to get a good mix with the veggies in the pita. I served it with zucchini cakes. It would also be great with a Greek salad or couscous. It was a huge it and I will definitely be making it again. soon.

  • SoonerSinger Posted: 01/24/11
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    This was fast and wonderful! We omitted the lemon juice from the yogurt sauce and added about 2 tbsp of fresh dill. We also thought this was a tad too spicy, so next time we're going to half the crushed red pepper. I would serve this to friends for a casual dinner, or you could layer this on pita chips for an exotic appetizer. Unless you have an amazing sous chef/boyfriend extraordinaire to chop the veggies for you, I would do them before you make the chicken.

  • dani3939 Posted: 04/14/11
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    LOVE LOVE LOVE this dish. Came out wonderful - will definitely be making again in the VERY near future!! When making again, I would probably make more of the sauce.

  • bcolberg Posted: 05/08/11
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    This is really a fantastic recipe. It's super easy to make. I'm still a bit of a novice at cooking, but it only took me about 35 minutes from start to finish, and the result is extremely tasty. I will definitely make this again.

  • KimCiccarella Posted: 06/27/11
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    This was really good! I didn't have any coriander, so I omitted it. Also, I couldn't get tahini. Instead, I mixed 2/3 tablespoon of peanut butter with 1/3 tablespoon of sesame oil. It was tasty!

  • NanetteJG Posted: 07/20/11
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    My family and I thought this was fabulous, the only bummer is my store only carried organic tahini, and it was quite pricey. ($11 a jar)

  • cgizzy Posted: 08/13/11
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    I just made this with my boyfriend... we both loved it. I didn't have pocket pitas, so I cut it into triangles and added lettuce and feta cheese. It was delicious!

  • nallix Posted: 12/17/11
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    Great recipe and easy to make. I left out the parsley and wish the spices were a bit bolder, so next time I'll probably at least double the spice mixture.

  • kalj197 Posted: 03/07/12
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    My husband and I love this recipe. The spice mix is great and it was reall easy to make. We will be making it again soon.

  • gidget265 Posted: 03/04/13
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    I loved the smell of this and all of the ingredients. My husband enjoyed it and would like to have it again. It was flavorful and good, but I don't think I'll make it again. I used all of the ingredients and made it as written. It was just not something that I'd likely cook again...

  • moxiemoosmom Posted: 10/12/12
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    awesome! I made this for lunch and while it took me a lot more work than I mornally put into a lunch, I have made it several more times because it is Just. That. Good.

  • ilikeorange Posted: 11/17/12
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    This was a delicious, easy to make, flavorful recipe! Will definitely be making it again soon.

  • beezer825 Posted: 03/22/13
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    I am not sure I understand the rating on this one...I thought it was just okay. Nothing special. At our house we like food that is very flavorful and this just didn't cut it. I won't make it again, it didn't taste bad, it was just wimpy and not worth preparing again.

  • No Longer Registered Posted: 10/29/12
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    We lived in the Middle East for a while, and swarmas were the equivalent of fast food. This recipe is the closest I've found to the originals...unforturnately one cannot find pita bread that is the quality of that in the middle east....Oh, how I miss real pita bread!!!!

  • buttonfree Posted: 01/13/13
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    I adore this recipe. I personally like to slice, rather than chop, my cucumber, but that's more for texture than anything else. Lacking tahini, I was able to make my own by adding a little olive oil to sesame seed paste, and the result was simply phenomenal. My only complaint is that I hadn't noticed it was intended to serve four, rather than the six I was preparing for, so my pitas weren't as stuffed as they could have been, but that was a personal error I'll be sure not to make next time. The entire process took about an hour from start to finish, and I paired it with seedless grapes and carrot salad (served warm). This is something that would work for lunch or dinner year round. Definitely a favorite!

  • foodisfurn Posted: 04/22/12
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    This recipe was so easy and so delicious! I modified it a bit and used red bell peppers instead of tomatoes, omitted the tahini (bc I wasn't sure where to find it) and red onions. I also used naan bread instead of pita bread. The recipe was not too spicy, so I may use more pepper next time, but other than that- DELICIOUS! I definitely recommend.

  • narnieri Posted: 03/12/13
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    Fast, simple, very flavorful, very healthy. Will make this again and again - next time to try with grilled chicken. Added all garlic to the chicken coating (on accident), black pepper in the yogurt sauce instead. Happy with the results though

  • missannemarie Posted: 07/31/13
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    This recipe was delicious! It was my first try at chicken shawarma and it was a success! I added some honey to the greek yogurt mixture to soften the bite. I also served it in whole wheat pita pockets, and made a gluten-free version by serving it on gluten-free flatbread. I plan use the leftover chicken to make a Mediterranean salad for lunch tomorrow!

  • jcoppard Posted: 09/24/14
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    Delicious!!!

  • JenBaum Posted: 05/23/14
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    We've made this many times and love it. The only additions I make is feta cheese and cooked on the grill pan with Pam instead of oil. .

  • steponme Posted: 02/01/14
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    Good flavor in the chicken, although I didn't get a good browning on it, but that my have been b/c I used too small a skillet and this caused a lot of liquid. Served with kale chips. Over all good taste and nice for a Friday or Saturday casual meal.

  • kvwilde Posted: 03/30/14
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    Delicious and easy. Prepped everything the night before and then we were able to make it in just a few minutes after work. Doubled the spice mixture as others recommended and it was great!

  • Missbluvs2coox Posted: 07/16/14
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    Very good. I will make this again, but will leave out the red pepper flakes. My husband and I both agreed that the flavor was out of place here. I will add more garlic also.

  • magyargirl Posted: 11/16/13
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    This was delicious. I left the chicken to marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours. I couldn't find tahini locally, so I omitted that from the spread, but it was still delicious. Hubby loved it also and asked it to be a "keeper" recipe.

  • jmeleeS Posted: 06/24/13
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    Really enjoyed this recipe for a weekend lunch! A few changes to ensure max flavor: 1) used 2 tbsp of greek yogurt in the chicken marinade and let the mix rest at room temp while I heated up the pan / oven; 2) Used prepared hummus (not tahini) in the sauce (canned in Intl Aisle at major food stores) and added some additional cumin, corriander and salt to the sauce to give flavor; 3) toasted my pitas in the oven (Broil on High 1-2 min each side) 4) used 1 whole elephant garlic clove (half with chicken & half with sauce). Overall results = excellent, filling and light. Would absolutely make again and again for summer weekend lunches (though probably not fanciful or elegant enough for dinner or company); total time was ~25 minutes including chopping of the veggies and mixing the sauce (do these while chicken cooks). Something a little different than your traditional American food and we loved the deviation from our "norm." Served with sliced cold watermelon; excellent! Enjoy!

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