Friday, 12 August 2016

Easy steps to your shawarma.... you can do it...

OK! After my last post about the shawama crisis in O town
I became "shawama creative" by force.
With the help of a friend, I got a do it yourself shawama recipe.

This recipe is deliciously addicting and so easy to prepare, that you'll want to make Shawarma everyday. This is the Nigerian -style Chicken Shawarma Recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Nigerian Chicken Shawarma
This makes about 6+ large Shawarma wraps
*2 Chicken breasts(de-boned/boneless)
*2 Chicken Thighs(a.k.a Chicken laps)(de-boned/boneless) (You can also use de-boned/boneless beef )
*6+ Shawarma bread (either pita bread/flour tortilla wraps/
*1 small sized Cabbage(cut into thin strips)
*3 medium sized Carrots(grated or cut into thin strips)
*1 large Cucumber(cut into thin strips&circles)
*2 big Tomatoes(cut into thin strips)
*1 medium sized Onions(cut into thin strips)
* Mayonnaise( see how to make it at home )
*1 Tablespoon Vegetable /olive oil(For stir frying)
 For the marinade:
*1 teaspoon thyme
*2 teaspoon curry(I used ducros brand)
*1 teaspoon onion powder/2 teaspoons minced onions
*1 teaspoon garlic powder/2 teaspoons minced garlic
*1 large chicken stock cube/bouillon cube(crushed into powder)
*Half a teaspoon black pepper
*Chilli pepper to taste
*Salt to taste(optional because the stock cube already has salt)
*1 Tablespoon Vegetable /olive oil

* Wash and Cut the vegetables into thin strip(if you haven't done that yet) and set aside.
Also Cut the chicken or beef into thin strips and set aside.
Tip: I always recommend,using a combination of Chicken thighs&Breasts,because the fat from the thighs adds extra flavor and compliments the taste of the chicken breast.

* Place the chicken strips into a bowl,add the marinade and mix thoroughly until well incorporated. Then cover and store in the fridge for 2 to 24 hours(depending all how much time you have).
Tip: I actually don't wait 24 hours, I just do store overnight or for 2-3 hours,but I realized that the longer the meat marinades, the better it tastes.
* In a pan, Heat up a tablespoonful of oil.Add the marinated chicken/beef &Stir fry until juicy and brown. Scoop unto a plate and set aside.

* Mix some mayonnaise and ketchup together(''mayo-ketch'' spread).
Place a shawarma bread on a clean flat surface and cut into two equal sizes(that's if you are using a large pita bread).
But if using a very flat bread or tortilla wraps, simply, spread the ''mayo-ketch'' on it and then fill it with the sliced vegetables on one end and Sprinkle some chili pepper( optional );
Then fold the bread, tuck in the edge, and roll to form a shawarma wrap...yummyyyy!
Tip: if you want to warm it up a bit, place on a heated pan for 3 minutes(the closed edge facing the pan). If you have a microwave or sandwich maker, feel free to use those too.
And your Homemade Nigerian Chicken Shawarma is ready... Enjoy!

Quick Note: There are several breads used for making shawarma; which includes, Pita bread,Naan bread , flour tortilla wraps and a lot more. Just make use of any one you have... it also tastes great in sliced bread(sandwich bread) and our local Agege bread.. Lol.. O yels oo !!!

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