This Chicken Shawarma recipe is always listed among my signature recipes that I would like to introduce to my friends. Since the first time it came to my life, on a business trip to Kuwait, this aromatic dish has never ceased to exit my mind ever.
But, it was not until recent days that I digged out my very own chicken shawarma recipe to cater my taste.
WHAT IS CHICKEN SHAWARMA?
Having been long known as one of the most favourite street foods in Middle East, Chicken Shawarma is actually an Arabian fast food which was originated in Turkey.
The dish, then, gradually became one of the world’s most popular street foods, especially in the countries of the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula. Nowadays, Chicken Shawarma has been a staple part of citizens in the Middle East, like The Philippines and Singapore.
Chicken Shawarma consists of shaved meat such as beef, lamb, chicken, turkey or veal – served with flatbread and an assortment of vegetables. The secret for its authentication should be how the meat is cooked. Various layers of meat are skewered on a spit and slowly roasted liberally on both sides.
At the first glance, gyros and shawarma seem to be very alike. The chicken is both shaved from a large turning meat cone, which is a brilliant way to help keep the very unique meat juice’s flavor.
However, gyro is simply made from lamb or beef topped with tomato, onion and tzatziki or hot sauce, served on a thin pita. Shawarma, on the other hand, is topped diversely with a whole range from tahini, tabouli, fattoush, to cucumber and even hummus.
IS CHICKEN SHAWARMA GOOD FOR YOU?
We all know how chicken itself is beneficial for weight-loss, so – yes.
As science proofed, chicken shawarma offers 15g of fat, and 400 calories – which takes up only 24% of an ideal adult’s daily intake of calories. Totally not so alarming at all.
As a true Middle East-styled dish, Chicken shawarma is often served in pita breads with pickles, maybe wrapped with heaps of veggies and sauce. Similar to meat shawarma, chicken shawarma can also be served with zesty drizzles of tzatziki sauce.
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN SHAWARM
Chicken Shawarma Recipe
prep 20 mins
cook 20 mins
total 40 mins
yield 2 servings
Though the pictures should have said tons about Chicken Shawarma, I must still make an affirmation myself that this dish just has me, from head to toe, nothing more. No matter if I’m demanding an effortless brunch or a wholesome and nutritious noon snack in hot summer days – it can be anything.
Join me to regret just none.
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