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Had heard so much about shawarma having traveled to the Middle East, but not a big fan of red meats. Saw this recipe on theshiksa.com and have it here for safekeeping.
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (2 large breasts)
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (4 large thighs)
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 3⁄4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch cayenne
- salt and black pepper
- nonstick cooking spray
- Slice the chicken breasts into 5-6 pieces each and the thighs into 3-4 pieces each. Place them in a marinating dish or large plastic zipper bag.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, the spices, 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper (if you're salt sensitive, use 1/2 tsp of salt). Pour the spice marinade over the chicken pieces. Stir with a spoon till all the chicken pieces are evenly coated in the marinade. If in bowl, cover with cling wrap; if in zippered plastic bag, secure and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil with nonstick cooking oil. Place the chicken pieces on the sheet, evenly spaced. Place the chicken in the oven. Let it roast for about 15 minutes till cooked through, turning the chicken pieces once with tongs halfway through cooking.
- Take chicken out of the oven and let it cool slightly. Use a sharp knife to slice the meat into small, thin shawarma-like pieces.
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet on the stovetop over medium. Pour half of the chicken into the skillet and saute for 3-4 minutes till the smallest pieces of chicken turn brown and crisp. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Remove the cooked chicken from the skillet. Heat another 1 tbsp of oil and saute the remaining chicken in the same way. Serve warm.