I love the fantastic “in your face” flavors of Chicken Shawarma Wrap, a restaurant and street-food favorite from the Middle East ~ so of course, I had to recreate it.
My homemade version of Chicken Shawarma is easy to make and it will become a favorite at your home
True shawarma is cooked by stacking spice-marinated meats on a vertical spit, like a roaster. While the meat rotates, it gets basted with fat while it cooks for hours and hours. Definitely not something to be done at home unless you are a spit master!
My easier homemade version is as tasty as true shawarma but it’s cooked either in the oven or on a grill or grill pan. Even though it requires a few spices (7 to be exact), they are not uncommon. In fact, you may have some in your spice rack now. If not, your local grocery store should have you covered. The marinade is incredibly easy to make and you will love the perfect balance created by the spice mix.
Now let’s talk about the whole wrap thing! I can honestly eat this chicken by itself, over rice, in a salad (the simple lemon vinaigrette in this recipe works great on a salad as well), or over quinoa but this time (and because August is National Sandwich Month) we are serving it as a wrap!
I “encouraged” the hubs to follow my lead on this one and make it my way! He kept eating the chicken by itself and when he finally decided to “wrap it”, he didn’t add any hummus, avocado or feta cheese. What? No hummus???? His response gave me a sense of relief and a big smile, “this chicken is so good you don’t need any of the other stuff!” Well, he is right! But REALLY, no hummus?
Now let’s talk about the toppings! They make this dish so fresh and healthy. Cucumbers and romaine lettuce add crunch, the tomatoes burst with flavor, the onions add bite while the avocado and feta cheese take care of the creaminess and tang! Chopped parsley and mint add freshness resulting in a perfectly balanced wrap!
Other great toppings are Kalamata or black olives, red bell peppers, pickled turnips, radishes and tahini or garlic sauce. For heat, you can add pickled jalapeños or spicy Amba (a tangy and spicy mango condiment similar to mango chutney).
- I find it is always better to make your own spice mix. You can control what you put in it and also the quality of your spices. It also allows you to make adjustments to your specific taste.
- Pita pockets are an excellent choice for little (and messy) hands. Also, gluten-free and low carb pitas are readily available in most markets. Lettuce leaves are a great option as well.