Shawarma (Marinated Lamb, Beef or Chicken Slices)2017-03-19
- Servings: 4
Shawarma is a Levantine meat preparation where slices of lamb, beef or chicken are marinated in vinegar and spices then stacked on a vertical spit. As the spit rotates, the meat is roasted on all sides.
When ready, the meat is shaved off with a knife and served on a platter or a wrap, together with some raw and pickled vegetables and a tahini dressing.
Of course, this home made Lebanese chicken shawarma does not involve the use of a spit.
Usually, the preparation of the chicken shawarma does not include the adding of “shawarma spices” used in the lamb or beef preparation. But I use them in any meat.
You can buy shawarma spices as a ready mix in some supermarkets and middle eastern stores or do the mix yourself by adding in equal amounts the following powders : Allspice, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, caraway, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, white pepper, garlic, sage or oregano.
For this recipe I am using chicken thighs. Breasts are equally good. But if you don’t fancy the chicken, then use any other meat.
- 500g of chicken meat cut into thin slices
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- A splash of red wine (optional)
- 2 tbsp of shawarma spices
- 1 tsp of turmeric (healthy supplement)
- Salt, to taste
- 2 medium tomatoes or a handful of cherry tomatoes
Mix the chicken slices with all the other ingredients and refrigerate for at least few hours, preferably overnight. NB: the marinade should cover the chicken entirely.
Remove the chicken from the marinade (reserve some) and stir fry in small batches, in olive oil, over a medium heat. Do not overcook. This preparation can be made in advance, ahead of your meal.
When ready to eat, put the shawarma in an oven dish, add slices of fresh tomatoes and around 2 tbsp of the reserved marinade. Combine and reheat in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Add a knob of butter at the very end.
Serve with some raw vegetables (mint, radish...) and some pickled ones (cucumber, turnip, cabbage...) on the side, and a zesty tahini dressing. If you have it, you can use hommos instead.
Recipe for the tahini dressing: 1/4 cup of tahini (sesame paste). Juice of 1 lemon, or to taste. 2 cloves of garlic, crushed. Water, as needed to make a creamy like sauce. Combine all and serve with the shawarma.