Chicken shawarma pittas

    40 min

    Spicy chicken, caramelised onions and peppers served in warm pitta breads and topped with a quick yoghurt tahini sauce. Cook the chicken on the bbq or under the grill.

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    Serves: 4 

    • For the spice paste
    • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
    • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
    • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 lemon, juiced, divided
    • 1 large clove garlic, minced
    • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
    • Fillings
    • 1 large onion, sliced
    • 1 red pepper, sliced
    • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • For the yoghurt sauce
    • 300g Greek yogurt
    • 60g tahini
    • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • To serve
    • 4 pitta breads

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat barbecue for high heat; lightly oil the grate.
    2. Whisk together the coriander, cumin, cardamom, chilli powder, steak seasoning, paprika and turmeric in a bowl; whisk in juice of 1/2 lemon, garlic and 3 tablespoons olive oil to form a paste. Coat the chicken breasts with the spice paste.
    3. Cook chicken breasts on the preheated barbecue until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink in the centre, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and cool for 1 to 2 minutes; slice thinly.
    4. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Stir onion and peppers into the hot olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
    5. Stir together Greek yogurt, tahini, juice of remaining 1/2 lemon and remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a bowl until smooth; season with salt.
    6. Place pittas on the barbecue until heated through and lightly charred on the outside, about 1 minute per side. To assemble each sandwich, place some sliced chicken on each pitta; top with some of the pepper and onion mixture and a good dollop of yogurt tahini sauce.

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    This was very good... the chicken seasoning was stellar, the yogurt sauce quite good and the peppers and onions gave a nice crunch. Make sure you use lots of the sauce.. the pita bread tends to be dry  -  22 Jan 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I used the spice mixture to marinate some precooked chicken meatballs. I cut the meatballs in half and coated all sides with the marinade, let them marinate for 2 hours and then sautèed them in the marinade with a little more olive oil added. We stuffed the meatballs into pitas with tzatziki sauce which I had made the day before. Delicious! My husband raved about these sandwiches. I'll definitely use this recipe again, next time as written.  -  10 Aug 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My husband just put in an order for this for every day of the week. I had to leave out the cardamon, because I didn’t have any, marinated the chicken for a few hours in the rub and I added some raw tomatoes at the end. Delicious!!  -  13 Mar 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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