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Chicken shawarma sandwiches are one of my favorite Lebanese dishes. I enjoy them so much that I purchase the shawarma seasoning at my local Lebanese store and make them at home. Although my shawarma sandwiches are slightly different than a shawarma youd get at a restaurant.
Incase youre not familiar with shawarma its an Arabic dish that consists of either chicken, lamb, beef, turkey or veal that has been seasoned with spices and grilled or roasted on a spit. If cooked on a rotating spit, the meat is trimmed off and added to your sandwich. Ive had shawarma that way while in NYC, but back at home Ive always had it grilled or cooked on a hot top. The sandwiches are usually encased in pita bread.
Shawarma can be served up in a number of ways really depending on where you get the sandwich from. It can be served with tabbouleh, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, tahini, hummus, pickled turnips, pickle, garlic mayonnaise, hot sauce, etc.
Making the dish at home, I clean and cut up my chicken into small chunks. I then make my shawarma seasoning, which is mixed with water. The directions call to marinate the meat and grill up after marinating, but I pour the marinade over the chicken, add in tomato, garlic and onion and I bake it off in the oven for roughly 30-40 minutes. After its cooled for about 5 minutes, I add in a few tablespoons of hummus to help thicken the sauce. I serve the chicken, tomato and onion mixture on pita bread, with lettuce, red onion, and tabbouleh.
Its completely delicious, filling and its a nice ode to a classic sandwich. The whole sandwich pictured is only 9 points plus values. Worth it? You betcha!
Do you make your own version of a classic sandwich at home?