BBQ Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is one of those things we’ve all heard of but few of us have ever tasted. The closest many of us have gotten is a post credit scene of Avengers Assemble and that’s about it. Well here here to tell you its totally epic and you should all be making it post haste. We like it best barbequed, or because we’re ever timely and we’re publishing this article in October you can do it under the grill.

To make this you will need.

  • Large sealable food bag
  • 1kg boned and skinless Chicken thighs
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Lemons
  • 3 Large Peeled Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 small fresh red chilli (Nothing to Spicy)

The process literally could not be simpler:

shwarmabagFinely chop the chilli into squares about 1mm by 1mm.

Zest and Juice the lemons and add to the bag.

Add the Chicken thighs whole to the food bag with all the other ingredients and mix them around thoroughly. A lot of people would ask you to chop the chicken thighs up before you cooked them but that would make them a bit of a pain to barbeque, small chunks have a habit of falling through the grill.

Leave the bag in the fridge for as long as possible to marinade up to a maximum of 24 hours before cooking.

When the marinade is complete, barbeque (or if its the middle of winter under a medium grill) until cooked through. Remember to turn regularly or you will dry it out.

Serving Suggestions

If your barbequing this mother then the chances are you’ll have plenty to serve it with but there are some great options that accompany this bad boy. You can serve it in a pitta or wrap it up in a tortilla it works great with a bit of lettuce and some tahini yoghurt dip which we’ve kindly provided the recipe for below, you might want to throw in slices of tomato for bursts of juice or even some pomegranate seeds but don’t get too carried away or you’ll take away from what is some epic chicken.

Tahini Yoghurt Sauce. (Serves 2)

  • 2 tbsps. Natural Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Tahini
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt

The above recipe serves 2 people, simply multiply the ingredients to reach the number of people you need and mix together in a bowl. Then just serve as is. It adds a real tang to the proceedings.