Chicken Shawarma / Tahini sauce / pickled veggies / Middle Eastern Shawarma
Shawarma is an wrap with flat bread , meat,fresh veggies,tahini ,hummus etc.A world favorite fast food from the Arabic cuisine.
Many variations of shawarma are available. Every time someone speaks of shawarma I am very attentive and absorb everything so this recipe comes from various sources.:)
Now I don’t know about the world but my daughty! she is such an addict to this wrap she even dreams of it :)) .She readily finishes any work assigned to her any time I agree to make shawarma so now u can guess how powerful it is :))
Those rotating spits with chicken in front of the fast food restaurant does attract a lot of attention. Don’t you think so ?
This is my humble effort to recreate the magic ,my daughty thinks it is a big hit.She raves about it so I guess it does a magic to some extend ..LOL.
Most of the ingredients are available pre-made u just need to assemble .I usually make everything except the bread.
Scroll down to see the steps of this completely satisfying meal which includes :
Baked chicken, tahini sauce, pickled veggies, and here is the link for- Hummus and baked whole wheat crackers.
Trust me it might seem like a lot but it is all about planning .Most of it can be done ahead of time like marinating chicken ,pickling and making the spread.
Ingredients for marinating Chicken — (Enough for 3 people)
I don’t like the meat dry so I cook only till is done but still some really thick sticky brown sauce left .Remove from oven keep it covered.(See notes)
Ingredients for Tahini :
2.Mix all the rest of the ingredients to sesame powder.Keep it in a airtight container.
Use for making Hummus or to spread on Pita bread for Shawarma.
|TAHINI AND VEG PICKLE|
Ingredients for Veg Pickle:
1.Boil carrots in some water so that it is slightly tender and bendy but still crunchy.Discard water.
2.Boil 1/2 cup water ,to it add vinegar let it bubble for 2 minutes switch off flame let it cool then put all the ingredients and veggies in it to soak.Bottle it .Use it with in two days.
Slices of fresh veggies like cucumber , carrot , tomato, Romaine lettuce , red onion or scallions, some Lemon wedges and olives completes the list:))
Heat the pita bread as given on the pack.
- Use chicken thigh meat if u like the meat to be really tender and juicy.
- I find that by using drip tray for grilling results in loosing all flavors from the meat.
- Do not leave the chicken in the grill itself after cooking the heat in the oven will dry out the meat .Instead loosely cover the tray with aluminium foil to trap the steam inside and leave on the counter.
- Tahini is often replaced with mayonnaise but my choice would be to stick with the authentic.
How to know if the chicken is baked properly:
When you find that most of the marinating juices have dried up gently press on the edge of a piece with a fork ,it should come apart easily without any effort and look flaky .The inside of the piece should not have any pink color of raw meat.Then it is done.When the chicken breast pieces are cooked for longer time it becomes hard and really chewy.