I became a big fan since I tried it at Pita Inn and was determined to figure out a homemade easy, tasty and healthy Chicken Shawarma recipe since. So glad I’ve got it and excited to share it with you here.
This delicious Chicken Shawarma features homemade from scratch chicken dry rub, homemade from-scratch pita bread and homemade Greek Yogurt sauce. It is especially suitable for summer days, picnics, and/or packed lunch for school or work.
How to marinate and prepare Chicken?
In order to make this delicious chicken easier and quick, I came up with this chicken shawarma dry rub made of simple limited ingredients. It is super quick and easy to blend.
With this at hand, all you need to do is to sprinkle the dry rub evenly over the chicken thighs, on both sides.
For spices, I like to get bulk organic wholesome spices. I store them in airtight glass jars and use a spice grinder to grind them into powder.
How to tenderize Chicken Breast?
You might be wondering, can I use chicken breast for Chicken Shawarma? Well, boneless and skinless chicken thighs meat, which is much tender and flavorful compared to chicken breast, works best for this recipe.
However, chicken breast can potentially work out too. You just need to do some extra steps to tenderize it first thing first:
- Firstly, slice the chicken breast horizontally into halves so that they are not overly thick.
- Secondly, pound the chicken breast with a meat tenderizer.
- Lastly, toss the chicken breast pieces with a tiny bit of baking soda to further tenderize the meat. For one pound of chicken breast, use 1/4 tsp baking soda.
How to Cook Chicken Shawarma?
After you’ve marinated the chicken with chicken shawarma dry rub, either braise, grill or bake shall work out great. Braise takes the least amount of time, is usually my go-to method of cooking food.
The way I braise, it essentially combines grill and steam together, which is a super efficient cooking. What’s more, when done correctly, it can mimic the taste of grilled or pan-fried chicken, but only takes about 15 minutes. Bone-less chicken thighs are very quick to cook. Drumsticks take a bit longer time to cook.