Chicken Shwarma, My Way.

"A very popular middle eastern dish. Traditionally cooked rotisserie style, this method allows you to recreate the flavor and texture on a much more economical and smaller scale."
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Ready In:
24hrs 10mins




  • Cut the chicken breasts, into long, slim strips, then into lengths that are about an inch long.
  • Put them into a bowl, and allow them to marinate in the lemon juice and rind, olive oil, crushed and diced garlic, yoghurt, tomato paste, salt, pepper and spices.
  • Allow 24 hours for the flavors to develop. [ i know it seems like a long wait, but it'll be worth it].
  • The following day, remove and drain the chicken pieces from the marinade, and saute them for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot as a mezze or for sandwiches along with thinly sliced onions, deseeded tomato, pickles, and fresh baked pita.

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  1. This was very delicious! Followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the yogurt. I avoid using any dairy. I can't imagine that it made any difference. It was great without it and my family loved it. This will be a regular dish in our house. Thank you so much for posting!
  2. Yummy yummy. I only had 2 hours to marinate before grilling and the flavors still came through beautifully. I used chicken thighs and lime juice instead of the lemon otherwise made as is. Next time I will let it marinate the whole 24 hours. Thank You Made for Ramadan Tag 2011.
  3. Extremely tasty! Tender and juicy, and I loved the spices. Marinating time definitely is worth it :D<br/>Thanks for posting, will make this again!<br/>Made for Ramadan Tag 2010.
  4. Wonderful preparation for chicken! The flavor was fantastic, and the yogurt marinade made it nice and tender. Thanks for sharing!
  5. This is a great chicken recipe, so easy to make and full of flavor. Loved the combination of spices and garlic. I think this marinade would also be good on whole boneless chicken breasts, grilled. Thanks for posting your recipe!


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