Chicken Shawarma

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Shawarma is a Middle Eastern sandwich made with sliced seasoned meat. This version features chicken, along with a cucumber-yogurt sauce, fresh tomato and crunchy romaine lettuce.

Chicken Shawarma
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 45 minutes

  • 1 cup shredded English cucumber

  • 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons tahini

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt , divided

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast , trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 4 6-inch whole-wheat pita breads or lavash

  • 1 medium tomato , chopped

  • 2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce

  1. Preheat grill to medium.

  2. Stir cucumber, yogurt, tahini, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  3. Combine garlic powder, curry powder, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in another medium bowl. Slice chicken breast crosswise into 1/4-inch strips; toss with the spice mixture to coat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and toss to combine.

  4. Grill the chicken, turning once, until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

  5. To serve, spread 1/4 cup of the cucumber-yogurt sauce on a pita (or lavash) and top with one-fourth of the chicken, tomato and lettuce. Fold like a taco (or roll closed, if using lavash). Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Nutritional Facts

34 g
14 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
31 g
64 mg
Dietary Fiber
6 g
603 mg
606 mg
4 servings
1 1/2 starch
1 vegetable
3 lean meat
2 fat
Vitamin A
50% daily value
20% dv
Iron and Vitamin C
18% dv
17% dv
16% dv
15% dv

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1 reply

DIETCONSCIOUS2015 2015-02-07 21:28:15 -0600 Report

This was an easy and fun recipe to make and enjoy BUT upon me taking my blood glucose levels it came out to almost 230!!! I don't know if it was maybe the middle eastern bread I used to eat the shawarma or what but this recipe needs to be adapted to state that in use of bread one's blood glucose level will be raised.