Monday, January 10, 2011

Libya - Chicken Shawarma

This is Libya's most popular street food. It's traditionally made on a big rotating skewer and cooked slowly for a long time. Mine is made using roast chicken marinaded in the same ingredients used.


For the marinade

* 1 roast chicken breast
* 1 cup plain yogurt
* 1/4 cup vinegar
* 2 cloves garlic, crushed
* 1 teaspoon pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 cardamom pods
* juice from 1 lemon

For the sauce

* 1 cup tahini
* 2 cloves garlic, crushed
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 2 tablespoons yogurt

For the sandwich

* pitta bread
* thinly slice cucumbers
* thinly sliced onions
* fresh parsley, finely chopped

Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl.

Add the chicken breast and spoon the marinade over it. Cover it with clingfilm and refridgerate for a few hours (or overnight if you can)

Put the sauce ingredients into a bowl.

Mix them up so they're well combined.

Now chop up the cucumber, onion and parsley.

Slice the chicken thinly and now it's time to make up the sandwich. Place some of the sliced chicken on a pitta.

Add some cucumber, onion and parsley.

Finally, add some of the sauce.

Fold the sides of the pitta into the middle covering the filling and wrap in some foil to help hold it together.

The sauce was really tasty, I haven't had tahini before and it's a strong flavour on it's own. The other sauce ingredients tone it down and the sauce makes the pitta a lot less dry. Very nice! A lot more effort than I'd usually make for a sandwich but the marinaded chicken was delicious.

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