Thursday, July 15, 2010

Chicken Shawarma Sandwich on Homemade Pita Bread

Alright, don't let this intimidate you. It is actually a pretty straight forward recipe or recipes actually. We are huge fans of Mediterranean food and LOVE Chicken Shawarma Sandwiches. So, I started looking for all the right components. These recipes come from a few different websites so I will site them under each recipe heading. Ok, here it goes!

Chicken Shawarma

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 T minced garlic
1 t salt
1/4 t ground cardamom
1/4 t 7 spices (I couldn't find this so I omitted it and it was still great!)
1/4 t paprika
1/4 t dried parsley
1/8 t cayenne pepper
1/8 t cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix to coat chicken. Cover and let marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Preheat pan with 3 T olive oil. Add chicken and cook for 10 minutes or longer until chicken is cooks through.

Yogurt Sauce and Greek Pico de Gallo

6 T Greek yogurt
1/2 t lemon zest
1/2 T fresh parsley, minced
1/4 t salt

Mix all together.

1/4 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup diced cucumber
1 T diced red onion

Mix together.

Pita Bread

1 t yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 T salt
1-2 T olive oil (I used 1 1/2 T)

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add whole wheat flour, one cup at a time, then add 1 cup of the white flour. Mix for 1 minute. Let this sponge rest for at least 10 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Sprinkle salt over sponge and stir in olive oil. Add the rest of the white flour 1 cup at a time. Knead dough until it is smooth and elastic. Cover and let rise until it is double, about 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 450. Preheat a baking stone or baking sheet in the oven. Divide dough into 16 balls. Roll each ball out on a floured surface until it is about 8-9 inches in diameter. I kept the dough balls covered so they wouldn't dry out. Bake each dough circle on the preheated stone for 4-5 minutes until it has gone to a full balloon or is slightly browned. There are many reasons they DON"T go to full balloon so don't worry if they don't, they are still great and we just folded them in half or rolled them into a sandwich.

NOW... Take a pita and add yogurt sauce, Greek Pico, Chicken, lettuce, pickles and hummus (I will post a great hummus recipe next!) Y.U.M.!! Now wasn't that worth it!


  1. 7 spices

    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    3/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne
    1/2 teaspoon ground allspice


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