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Street Style Chicken Shawarma

I love trying new foods and i think it’s so important for the kids to try new foods too. When I am experimenting, the kids will sit and try new foods then give me their feedback and as their taste develops, they are willing to accept new flavours and foods from different parts of the world. Having lived in the Middle East for a few years, I fell in love with the food, and I have noticed the kids love the flavours too.

Preparation Time 4 hours to overnight - including marination time

Cook Time 15 minutes

Serves 4


1/5 kg chicken breasts/ chicken thighs - flattened to 1 cm

1/2 cup yogurt

5 cloves garlic- minced

1 tablespoon coriander powder

1 tablespoon cumin powder

1 tablespoon chilli powder

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup oil


1 cup yogurt- strained

3/4 cup grated cucumber

1/2 cup coriander- chopped

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cloves garlic- minced


  1. Make the marinade for the chicken. Combine the yogurt, garlic, coriander, cumin, chilli powder, paprika, salt, pepper, vinegar, lemon juice and oil. Mix well. Add the chicken. Mix well and then cover in clingfilm. Marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours or even overnight is better.

  2. For the tzatziki, combine the yogurt, cucumber, coriander, salt and garlic. Mix well and chill until ready to use.

  3. Remove the chicken from the fridge 20 minutes before cooking it.

  4. Grease the griddle pan with 2 teaspoons oil. Make sure the griddle is really hot before adding the chicken. Grill the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through. Remove from the stove and allow it to rest for 2 minutes before slicing and serving.

  5. Heat your shawarma bread in a pan until golden and crispy.

  6. Assemble the shawarmas as you prepare. Fill with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, chicken, tzatziki, chilli sauce and fries. Wrap and serve with fries.

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