Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Bring this popular dish to your home. Chicken Shawarma with sumac and baharat spices makes a good party dish and burger-alternative. If you can marinate the chicken in advance, it will intensify the flavor.

Yogurt for Mayonnaise

The dressing basis is made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise. It’s lighter and makes up for the double oil in the chicken preparation. You might sprinkle it with extra sumac.

Not Just For Chicken

If you are not a chicken fan, mix the Shawarma Spices [1] in any other beef or vegetables dish. It always turns out delicious! We recommend this Mediterranean combination:

Greek Salad with Lebanese Potatoes
  • In a BOWL, add romaine lettuce with tomatoes, cucumber, and tomatoes. Season with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and Greek oregano. Add feta cheese and/ or black olives. Mix well.
  • Cut potatoes in the size of large French fries. Mix with Shawarma Spices [1], salt to taste, and 3 tbsp olive oil. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, turning midway.
The Shawarma Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Sumac, allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek , nutmeg, ginger

[2] Mint leaves

[3] Paprika

Greek Salad with Lebanese Potatoes
Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma

Cuisine Lebanese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 1 lbs chicken breast skin- and boneless
  • 1 cup yogurt plain
  • 3-8 pita breads

You might have

  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • oil & salt

Suggested vegetables

  • 1 onion peeled and sliced
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 3 tomato/es sliced
  • 1/2 head red cabbage shredded
  • 1 romaine lettuce shredded

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Sumac, allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, nutmeg, ginger
  • Pouch [2] Mint
  • Pouch [3] Paprika

Instructions
 

  • Preheat OVEN to 425°F. *
  • Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes.
  • In a BOWL, mix 2 tbsp oil with Shawarma Spices [1] and salt to taste (1 tsp recommended). Add chicken, mix well until evenly coated.
  • On a BAKING SHEET lined with aluminum foil, spread chicken evenly.
  • Roast in the OVEN for 15 minutes, turning pieces midway.
    Shawarma Step 1
  • For the dressing, in a BOWL, mix yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, salt to taste, Shawarma Spices [2], and ½ tsp oil.
  • Cut the roasted chicken in thin slices. Toss with Shawarma Spices [3].
    Shawarma Step 2
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large PAN. Quickly stir-fry the chicken slices until all sides are brown and crisp.
  • Serve on pita bread topped with vegetables and yogurt dressing.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* If you have time to prepare the chicken in advance, marinate (step 2-3) and let it rest in a covered BOWL in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.
Keyword baharat, sumac
Filipino Chicken Inasal

Filipino Chicken Inasal

Chicken Inasal
From Bacolod

Chicken Inasal from the Filipino City of Bacolod has an earthy-peppery taste with a hint of nutmeg and a slight citrus flavor. 

Colored With Lipstick

The key ingredient is annatto or achiote powder. This spice from the “lipstick tree” colors the chicken orange-red and is very popular in Latin and Filipino cooking.

The Inasal Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Annatto, lemongrass, lemon peel, ginger

Chili Vinegar Dipping Sauce

Optionally, add a chili vinegar dipping sauce made with fresh or dried chilies:

1 cup vinegar
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, grated
1-2 fresh red chilis, finely sliced, or red chili flakes to taste
1 tbsp agave syrup or sugar
salt & pepper to taste

In a BOWL, mix all ingredients. 
Cover and set aside in the fridge for 1-3 days.

Pickled Vegetables

Instead or in addition to the tomato mango salad try this typical Filipino side of pickled vegetables.

Ingredients

Pickling Sauce

2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1-2 tsp soy sauce or tamari or fish sauce

Vegetables & Spices

1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1 orange or red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 shallot or small onion
1-2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 inch ginger, thinly sliced
1 tsp lemongrass powder or 1/2 tsp lemon zest

 

Directions

Pickling Sauce

In a small POT, heat 2 tbsp water and the vinegar. Add sugar and cook over low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Let cool. Mix in soy sauce or fish sauce to taste.

Finish

In a JAR, add all vegetables and spices. 

Fill with the pickling sauce until all ingredients are covered. 

Store

Cover and set aside in the fridge for 1-3 days.

Chicken Inasal

Filipino Chicken Inasal

Chicken Inasal from the Filipino City of Bacolod has an earthy-peppery taste with a hint of nutmeg and a slight citrus flavor. The key ingredient is annatto or achiote powder. This spice from the "lipstick tree" colors the chicken orange-red and is very popular in Latin and Filipino cooking.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1.25 lb chicken tenders, thighs, or breast cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2-3 lime or lemon for juice
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

For the Marinade

  • 2 cloves garlic peeled, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sugar brown or white
  • 3 tbsp vinegar white
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

For the Salad

  • 2 mango ripe but firm, diced
  • 3 medium tomatoes diced

Suggested Sides

  • Jasmine rice ,
  • chili vinegar dipping sauce see notes
  • pickled vegetables see notes

Inasal Culinary Spice Kit

  • Annatto, lemongrass, ginger, lime peel 

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • Season chicken with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a BOWL, mix Inasal spices with the ingredients for the marinade and 2 tbsp lime juice.
  • Add chicken. Mix well. Cover.
  • Let marinate in the fridge for 3-24 hours.

Frying

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat.
  • Fry the chicken pieces on both sides until they are cooked.
  • Take chicken out. Cover. Let rest 5 minutes.

Salad*

  • In a BOWL, mix 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp soy sauce, and 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add mango and tomatoes. Mix well.
  • Season with salt & pepper and sugar (opt.) to taste.

Serve

  • Serve the chicken with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute chicken with sirloin beef or pork tenderloin or cutlets.
  • Optional:  Add a chili vinegar dipping sauce or pickled vegetables (go to recipes).
Keyword annatto, lemongrass