Friday, February 15, 2013

A Taste of Egypt: Chicken Shawarma

This recipe is a must-have for anyone craving a little taste of Egypt in their own home. I love the idea of also including the names in Arabic for those who want to go out and venture into the local supermarkets, which will help you know exactly what it is you need to ask for! 

  • 3 kg chicken breasts – so-door fi-rakh
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced – ta-ma-tam
  • 1 large onion, diced – ba-sal
  • 1 large onion, sliced – ba-sal
  • 2 medium green peppers, diced – fil-fil akh-dar
  • 1 red chili pepper, chopped fine – fil-fil ah-mar
  • 1 tbsp chicken spices – bo-ha-rat fi-rakh
  • 4tbsp lemon juice – a-seer la-moon-a
  • 1 tbsp corn oil – zeit dor-a
  • A few sprigs of fresh parsley, chopped – ba’-doo-nis
  • Salt and pepper – malh and fil-fil

  • Remove all fat from the chicken breasts, wash thoroughly and cut into bite size strips. Marinate the chicken with the chopped onion, chicken spices, chili pepper, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Cut onion slices into halves and rub them gently to get onion strips.
  • Brush a non stick skillet with the oil and stir-fry the chicken for 8-10 minutes over high heat.
  • Add the onion strips and diced pepper and stir for an additional 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and parsley and stir for another minute. Take off the heat and serve immediately.

(This recipe works wonders on skewers, throw some green peppers or anything on the skewer and voila! Alternatively, you can make this Easy Tortilla Wrap Recipe if you're craving a Shawarma sandwich) 

Bil Hana Wa Shiva! 

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