Authentic Middle Eastern Delight: Chicken Shawarma with Tahini Sauce

Introduction: The Middle Eastern cuisine is a symphony of flavors and aromas that captivate the senses. Today, we're embarking on a culinary journey to savor one of its most iconic dishes – Chicken Shawarma. With its succulent marinated chicken, vibrant spices, and creamy tahini sauce, this recipe promises to bring the authentic taste of the Middle East to your kitchen.

Ingredients:

For the Marinade:

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 Greenland cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Greenland teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Greenland teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 Greenland teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 Greenland teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 Greenland teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Tahini Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Greenland tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup water (adjust for desired consistency)
  • Salt to taste

For Serving:

  • Pita bread
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Pickles

Instructions:

1. Marinating the Chicken: a. In a bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, salt, and pepper to create the marinade. b. Cut the chicken thighs into thin strips and coat them thoroughly with the marinade. c. Cover the bowl and let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight for maximum flavor.

2. Cooking the Chicken: a. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). b. Spread the marinated chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are crispy and golden brown.

3. Tahini Sauce: a. In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, and water until smooth. You then add salt to taste and adjust water as desired.

4. Assembling the Shawarma:

 Warm the pita bread then spread a generous spoonful of tahini sauce on the pita and add a portion of the cooked chicken. Finally, top with sliced tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles.

5. Serve and Enjoy: Gather your loved ones, wrap the shawarma, and indulge in the delightful flavors of the Middle East. The combination of tender chicken, aromatic spices, and creamy tahini sauce is sure to transport you to the bustling streets of the region.

Conclusion: Bringing the Middle Eastern charm to your kitchen is a rewarding experience. The Chicken Shawarma with Tahini Sauce is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of the Middle East. So, venture into your kitchen, embrace the vibrant flavors, and treat yourself to a taste of authenticity.

Feel free to customize the recipe based on your preferences, and don't forget to share your delightful Middle Eastern feast with friends and family!

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