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Traditional Middle Eastern shawarma roasts spiced meat on a vertical spit; as the exterior cooks, slices are carved away while the meat slowly rotates. Our easy weeknight chicken shawarma uses the intense heat of the broiler to char chicken thighs and onion slices that have been tossed with spices, olive oil and a little tahini to help with caramelization. Shawarma isn’t complete without a creamy, cooling sauce—we make ours by combining yogurt, olive oil, tahini, lemon and herbs. Serve with pita, along with sliced cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce for making sandwich wraps. Alternatively, offer a rice pilaf alongside.
tablespoon ground cumin
tablespoon ground coriander
01In a large bowl, stir together the cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, 1½ teaspoons salt and 2 teaspoons black pepper. Measure 1 teaspoon of the mix into a medium bowl; set aside. Into the remaining spice mix, whisk ⅓ cup oil, 1 tablespoon of tahini and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Add the chicken and onion, then toss to combine. Let stand at room temperature while the broiler heats.
Can you grill this?