May 26, 2014

Chicken Shawarma with Lime Avocado Mayo

Chicken Shawarma with Lime Avocado Mayo
To be honest, this recipe should actually be called Shawarma-style chicken.
The real shawarma (i.e., how they actually make it in the Middle East) is spice-marinated sliced cuts of meat, like chicken, beef, goat, lamb, and sometimes turkey stacked and cooked on a vertical spit.
As the shawarma turns, the meat is cooked by a heat source that is located behind the actual spit.
What’s amazing is that the meat is basted in fat and its own juices.
Marinade + fat = awesome flavors.
Afterwards, the cooked meat slowly falls off or is shaved with a large knife; and it is either eaten on its own or tucked inside a pita, with tahini, garlic sauce, veggies and sometimes even french fries.
Legit.

Chicken Shawarma with Lime Avocado Mayo
Basically what I did here was to make the marinade, use it on chicken and then I grilled it to perfection.
Because notwithstanding being a sucker for kitchen gadgets, I currently do not have the space in my kitchen to fit a Shawarma machine.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to own one and throw massive Shawarma parties.
Unfortunately I don’t see that happening any time soon...major bummer.
Back to the recipe, since I was going for a non-authentic Shawarma recipe, I decided to go fusion and serve it with avocado mayo.
Like Middle East meets Mexico or something.
Which for me is a big step because I tend to hate fusion food. With passion.
Like if you really want to get me upset, you’ll invite me to dinner to a fusion restaurant.  
I really do not care for vietnamese noodles served with Bolognese sauce nor for Red Velvet fried chicken. 
I have limitations, I know.
To quote Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory’s “I don't understand my food. Chinese noodles with Korean barbecue in a taco. [...] My mother would lock her car doors if she had to drive through this hodgepodge of ethnicity.
lol
Chicken Shawarma with Lime Avocado Mayo
Anyways, this recipe is super yummy, the chicken bursts with flavor and goes great with the freshness of the lime avocado mayo.
Apparently, fusion food sometimes works.
Both the chicken and the mayo store well in the fridge, so you can make a large batch and enjoy it for several days afterwards; just reheat before serving.
What’s really awesome about this Chicken Shawarma is that it’s ridiculously easy and quick to make. A complete no-brainer.
Chicken Shawarma with Lime Avocado Mayo
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Ingredients 
Serves 4

Chicken

1 lbs / 453 gr free-range organic chicken breast, cut into 3-inch strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¾ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground coriander

Lime Avocado Mayo

1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons mayo (make your own paleo mayo with this recipe)
2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
Juice of one lime
¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Heat a grill or a grill pan to medium-high (if you’re using an outdoor grill lightly oil the grill grates). 
In a bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, curry powder, cumin and coriander until combined.
In a shallow sealable container or in a large Ziplock bag, combine chicken strips and marinade.
Cover or seal and marinate at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.
In the meantime make the avocado mayo. In a bowl mash the avocado until smooth. Add mayo, Greek yogurt, lime juice, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Set aside.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill until golden brown and cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes turning regularly, until juices run clear (if you want you can skewer chicken strips onto bamboo sticks that have been soaked in water for 5 minutes.)

Nutrition facts

One serving (dressed with avocado mayo) yields 412 calories, 28 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbs and 35 grams of protein.

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42 comments:

  1. This looks amazing Mike, I so want to try that marinade!

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    1. The marinade is da bomb Corinne, you should really give it a try!

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  2. Sounds amazing. Would make fantastic party appetizers as well.

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    1. It's true Lauren, the perfect appetizer indeed!

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  3. The flavoring is incredible, Mike. And ridiculously easy? I am all over this this Summer. Seriously great.

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  4. OKAY YOU NEED TO COME TO LOS ANGELES ASAP because I have a bazillion Lebanese Restaurants I want to take you to for the BEST SHAWARMA ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET!!!! And as I said VIA Tweet... I am going to be making Chicken Shawarma based off your recipe and another recipe for an episode of my show!!! AND I AM DEDICATING IT TO YOUUUUUUUU!

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    1. That is so awesome GiGi!!! This is a very simplified version of Shawarma I'm not sure it's up to par with LA's finest, but it's pretty darn good!
      I'm psyched to have an episode dedicated on GiGi Eats Celebrities, I'm not sure I deserve it though...

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  5. Wish I had these for our BBQ yesterday so you can definitely come fishing if you provide the eats ok?! ha x

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    1. Deal! But Dale has to share all of his fishing tricks...

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  6. Yum! I love all the spices in this! My husband is always on me about making more chicken, and this gives me a great way to change things up for him. That avocado mayo though! So yummy! :-)

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  7. I'm all for letting go of authentic in exchange for accessibility! This is going on my menu plan right away - thank goodness for easy grill recipes!

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    1. That's fantastic Kari, lemme know how you like it!

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  8. I'm not the biggest fan of fusion food either but I would happily devour shawarma-style chicken with avocado mayo! Great recipe, Mike!

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    1. I swear Bianca, in this case fusion works, for real!

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  9. The "f" word bothers you? ;) Interesting. Well, this f*&i#n recipe looks incredible! I think condiments are really necessary in life, and this one looks so tasty. Also, you reminded me of my uni years, when I would walk past a shawarma place downtown on my way to the train home and the had a sign for Labm Shawarma. I think they meant lamb. Anyways, just thought I'd share that :) hehe. Great recipe! :)

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    1. Hahaha, that is so funny Alli. I'm such a sucker too for typos/mispellings or weird store names!

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  10. Love recipes like this Mike, I am a big fan of fusion food, I know shoot me...... but the avocado twist here sounds perfect.

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    1. Don't worry Cheri, I'll never shoot you even if you like fusion food! ;)

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  11. the lime avocado mayo sounds great!

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  12. I want this is my stomach now!!! I usually shy away from fusion food as well, but I can see what you mean about these flavors working well with each other. Great share and such a bright and pretty plate.

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  13. What is the garnsh? Basil?

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  14. Here comes another beautiful dish from your kitchen.
    Light and tasty, this is the perfect plate for summer, a must try!

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  15. Oh boy - this post brings back all sorts of memories for me - there used to be this little canteen around the corner from where I lived as a teen in Abu Dhabi that had the best shawarma-their meets were so tender! Your chicken sounds amazing - curry, cumin, coriander are some of my favs - I can almost smell this through my computer!

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    1. I've never been to Abu Dhabi (or Dubai) but I'm actually dying to go there.
      When I'll be planning my trip, you'll have to give me some advice. Alrighty?

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  16. Sheldon says the funniest things. Haha Nowadays, everything gets mixed together. I visited Japan and the place we stayed at served something called Taco Rice. I'm thinking how weird they mix Mexican and Japanese together. It wasn't a taco at all. It was ground beef on top of rice. I don't need every ethnic food combined. I prefer one at a time :D
    Anyhow, this looks amazing! I love that avocado mayo. Pinning!

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  17. Natacha UytterhaegenJune 3, 2014 at 3:53 AM

    Thanks Mike! This was delicious with a saled :-) A yummy healthy dinner!

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  18. I made this recipe tonight - crazy good! The avocado lime mayo will be making it's way into many of my future menus!

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  19. I'd never heard of Shawarma until I saw that Avengers film. Been dying to try it ever since. Thanks for the recipe :-)

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  20. Love, love, LOVE your recipes Mike!

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  21. Sounds amazing! I had Shawarma for the first time at a Mediterranean restaurant last week. I'm putting this on my dinner menu.

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  22. I took all ingredients and put them on a toasted pita with lettuce, onion and tomato....my husband actually hummed as he ate it...I am pretty sure that means he liked it ...thanks ;)

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