This is going to change the rules of the game. A weeknight Middle Eastern beloved street food that doesn’t require you to prep, marinade, and wait for hours by the oven?! My super quick tip on how to make this shawarma taste like it’s just come from the “spit” is a double two-part spice rub that will make the chicken sing, even with just using chicken breast and not thighs. Let’s cut to the chase…
- 4-6 chicken breasts, cut lengthwise in half into filets and then chopped into long strips
- Spice Rub #1 (this is the spice rub you will put on the chicken breasts for the oven cook you will do)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (you are using breasts for this recipe, not thighs, so we need some extra fat)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon coriander
- 1 1/2 tablespoon SMOKED paprika
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Spice Rub #2 (this is the spice rub you will put on the cooked chicken breasts once it comes out of the oven and you transfer to a large pan on the stove)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (for the large pan)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons allspice
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- In a large bowl, place your raw chicken strips and begin spice rub by combining all the ingredients in Spice Rub #1. Fully incorporate with your hands. Note: Moms, this is a great time to involve your age 4+ children who can wear gloves and love this sensory activity–trust me, they will do a great job.
- Bake chicken in oven for 7 minutes and then flip the chicken. Bake for another 7 minutes.
- Prepare your Spice Rub #2 while chicken is in the oven. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan on the stove.
- Pull chicken out of the oven and immediately place in your preheated pan. Cover the chicken with Spice Rub #2 and stir until it’s touching all the chicken. Continue cooking on stove for 2 minutes.
- Serve in a casserole dish. Cut fresh vegetables–radishes, cucumbers, bell pepper, tomatoes are all good options–and arrange on a tray.
- Serve with pita bread, labneh (or yogurt) with za’atar, feta cheese, and toum (garlic spread).
That’s it! This is a husband and kid approved meal and it will look like you were hanging out with that chicken all day long making it just right but in reality this is something you can do in such a hurry with or without the kids help!
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