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Chicken shawarma

8
8
8
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
0 min
Prep
0 min
Cook
0 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
In the Middle East, meat is traditionally marinated in this spicy sauce, cooked on a spit, then sliced and piled into pitta or flatbread. It’s delicious with lamb, but we’ve used it to marinate chicken

Ingredients

Lemon Juice, Fresh

2 tablespoons

Olive Oil

2 tablespoons

Garlic

4 clove(s), crushed

Salt

1 teaspoons

Ground Cumin

2 teaspoons, level

Paprika

2 teaspoons, level

Black pepper

2 teaspoons

Schwartz Baharat Middle Eastern Street Food Seasoning

2 g, 1 tsp

Turmeric

½ teaspoons

Cayenne Pepper

½ teaspoons, level

Ground Cinnamon

¼ teaspoons, level

Chicken Thigh, Skinless, Boneless, raw

520 g, 4 x 130g fillets

Cumin seeds

¼ teaspoons, level

0% fat natural Greek yogurt

200 g

Lemon(s)

½ medium, zest and juice of

Red onion(s)

2 medium, cut into slim wedges

Pomegranate

30 g, 2 tbsp seeds

Parsley, fresh

2 tablespoons, roughly chopped

WW Wholemeal Wraps

4 individual

Instructions

  1. Make the marinade: combine the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic cloves, sea salt, black pepper, ground cumin, paprika, baharat, turmeric, cayenne pepper and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the chicken, stir to coat, then cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or preferably overnight.
  2. Make the yogurt sauce: toast the cumin seeds in a frying pan until fragrant. Transfer to a pestle and mortar, then grind to a powder. Stir into the yogurt with the lemon zest and juice. Chill.
  3. Remove the chicken from the fridge and bring it to room temperature. Add the onion and toss to coat. Cook the chicken and onion on a hot barbecue or griddle pan for 4 minutes, brushing with the marinade as you go. Turn and cook for 6-8 minutes, turning every minute or so until cooked through. Transfer to a board and let rest.
  4. Slice the chicken and arrange on a serving board or platter with the onions. Scatter over the pomegranate and parsley. Serve with the wraps, salad and yogurt sauce.

Notes

To make kebabs, use 500g skinless chicken breast fillets instead of thighs. Cut into chunks and marinate as in step 1. Thread onto 6 skewers with the onion. Grill for 10-12 minutes, turning every so often. Remember to adjust the SmartPoints.