Chicken Shawarma with Tomato Cucumber Relish and Tahini Sauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Chicken Shawarma:

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika 

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 

1/4 teaspoon chili powder 

1 clove garlic, grated

6 pieces skinned and deboned chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch strips (about 1 1/2 pounds) 

3 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

Kosher salt 

Tomato Cucumber Relish:

2 tablespoons quality olive oil

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or white balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon dried oregano 

2 Roma tomatoes, chopped 

1 English cucumber, chopped 

1 clove garlic, grated

1 lemon, juiced 

1/2 small red onion, minced 

Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Tahini Sauce:

1/4 cup tahini paste

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 

1/2 lemon, juiced 

Kosher salt 

Four 6-inch store-bought white pita pockets 

Olive oil 

Directions

  1. For the shawarma: Mix the cumin, paprika, allspice, chili powder and garlic together. Place the chicken inside a resealable plastic bag with the olive oil. Add the spice mixture and rub in until fully incorporated. Seal that bag and place it into the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  3. After marinating, use the skewers to pierce the pieces of chicken through the center. Slide the pieces down leaving enough room for you to hold the skewer, about 3 pieces of chicken per skewer. Continue this process until chicken is all skewered. Sprinkle with salt and place on a hot oiled grill top for 4 minutes per side, or 8 minutes total.
  4. For the relish: Mix the oil, vinegar, oregano, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, onion, parsley and some salt and pepper.
  5. For the tahini sauce: In a medium bowl, combine the tahini paste, olive oil, lemon juice and 1/4 cup water. Season with salt.
  6. To serve, fill the pitas with the grilled chicken and serve with the cucumber relish and tahini sauce.
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