Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Wraps!

 

Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Wrap

I love making chicken and beef shawarma at home and I love it just the same wrapped in lettuce instead of bread, it’s amazing!!

I usually throw ingredients together… a little of this and that and never measure so I thought I’d try the following recipe taken from Mamas Lebanese Kitchen (with a few variations) and see how it turned out so I could share. It is definitely worth a try.

You an eat these as a wrap or as a salad 🙂

Ingredients:
  • 2.5 lbs of thinly cut skinless boneless chicken breast and/or thigh mixed
  • ½ cup of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of plain (Greek) yogurt (or coconut cream, but it might end up with a slight coconut flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons of ACV (apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of unrefined salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon of ground oregano (or thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of ginger powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice powder
Instructions:
  1. Rinse the boneless chicken breasts with fresh cold water then cut horizontally into thinner cuts of about ½ inch (each breast could possibly be split into 2 slices depending on thickness).
  2. Mix all ingredients in a blender, add to a bowl and mix well with the chicken, cover and let marinate in the fridge overnight.
  3. When ready, grill the marinated chicken using a panini/George Forman grill for about 15 minutes on medium heat. You can also cook the chicken on a BBQ grill if so you wish.
  4. Once cooked, shred the chicken thinly as in the photo and it’s now ready to be wrapped into a Shawarma Sandwich. Spread the chicken shreds along the diameter of a pita bread, spread a bit of Lebanese Garlic paste, add some salty cucumber pickles, some French fries, and some grilled or fresh tomatoes, roll and enjoy.
Notes
Try marinating a mix of 75% chicken breast and 25% skinless boneless chicken thighs. The fat in the thighs gives the chicken a nice kick when grilled. Add grilled tomatoes in the sandwich instead of raw tomatoes Some restaurants add french fries in the sandwich, others add a cabbage/mayo salad to the sandwich. Baking or broiling in the oven will rid the chicken of its juice and must be avoided if possible. We found that using a panini grill cooks faster and keeps the moisture inside the chicken You can find salty middle eastern cucumber pickles from Middle Eastern grocery stores.
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