Sunday, April 10, 2016

Roasted Chicken Shawarma w/ Paleo Pita Bread

paleo, chicken, pita bread, shawarma, middle eastern
Shawarma is a traditional middle-eastern street food in which marinated meat is roasted all day on a vertical spit, then shaved off and served in a wrap with feta, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers.

Now, thanks to Reed Freyermuth, our Mill Valley neighbor and Home Cook Extraordinaire, you can recreate this amazingly aromatic dish right in your own oven. Reed
 shared his recipe and this note: 

"Please find attached my take on Roasted Chicken Shawarma. In my humble opinion, this is the best tasting chicken EVER.

Reed didn’t exaggerate. Follow his easy recipe, and soon your home will resemble a bustling marketplace in Marrakech as your guests serve themselves, and you just "sit back and enjoy the compliments."

*MPM Rating: 5 Persimmons

Roasted Chicken Shawarma:

Note: Marinate the meat a day or two before cooking:

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons ground pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red peper flakes
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil

2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

1 red onion, quartered

Garnish: 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley

For stuffing pita breads: chopped tomatoes, sliced white onion, cubed cucumber, crumbled feta cheese, and olives.  


1. Combine the paprika, cumin powder, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, salt, pepper flakes, garlic, lemon juice and olive in a bowl or container.

2. Add the chicken pieces and toss to cover well. Cover and store in the refrigerator for one or two days.

3. When ready to cook the meat, heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Add the red onion to the chicken and mix once. Put the mixture in a baking pan and roast for 40 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through.

*(See note on Gluten-Free Wraps below)

4. Remove the chicken from the pan. Slice it thinly, and place under the broiler for about 4-5 minutes to add some crunch and extra flavor.

5. Place all ingredients on a platter or individual bowls. Garnish the chicken with parsley.


1. For a gluten-free pita bread option, see the recipe here (shown in photo); substitute grape seed oil for the vegetable oil. 

*2. Make the dough while the chicken roasts. Bake the pita pockets in the oven after the chicken is roasted and while you slice the chicken. When the pita breads are baked, put the chicken pieces under the broiler to finish cooking. Serve immediately.

Alternative wraps include red lettuce leaves, or store-bought pita bread (non-Paleo) briefly heated in the oven after the chicken is completed.

Serves 6. 

#paleo #chicken #shawarma #glutenfree #dairyfree #healthyeating 

Thanks to Reed Freyermuth for the Roasted Chicken Shawarma recipe.

Thanks to Gluten-Free on a Shoestring for the pita bread recipe.

*MPM Rating between 1-5 Persimmons
I try out these recipes so you don't have to (and modify them for Paleo where possible). The rating will reflect my opinion of the final result in terms of taste, ease of preparation, nutrition, and sometimes, cost.

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