Thursday, January 27, 2011

GRILLED CHICKEN & SMOKED CHILLY CURD WRAP - fake but healthier Shawarma!!

Thanks everyone for voting me to the top 9 on FOODBUZZ.

My little girl loves chicken fact that’s probably the only source of chicken she eats (horribly choosey about food. *Sigh!!*) So, in an attempt to make something similar at home, I have been improvising for some time now. I have been trying to make a healthier version of this also because it’s one of things I too crave for 24x7...hehe...I just totally love Chicken Shawarma Sandwich.

For those of you who don’t know what a shawarma is....I’ll quote from Wikipedia: Shawarma is shared by many country variations. In Greece, it is called gyros, meaning "turned". In Armenian, it is "Tarna", literally meaning "to turn", and in Turkish it is called döner kebab, which in turn means "turning kebab".

In our part of the world, it’s basically a rotisserie grilled chicken (with fat dripping all over) sandwich with french fries, garlic sauce and sometimes veggies or pickles rolled in pita bread.

My version has chicken minus fat plus some veggies and a yummy spicy sauce but tastes almost like shawarma and much healthier too.

Now, genuinely speak, you will love this sandwich even if you haven’t tried shawarma J. It’s a nice healthy and quick recipe to whip up! And I promise, every one of you who tries it will love it!!

I am usually very patient with my food while clicking my shots but today, I just couldn’t resist taking after 4-5 shots and (As you can see below) I ended up eating half of the sandwich even before I finish taking picture!!

In the recipe, adjust the quantity of vinegar to your taste and don’t leave out any ingredient! It’s a complete treat J.

And by the way, you can convert this into vegetarian by replaing chicken with eggplant and french fries!! I'll be posting a vegan version of this wrap very soon.

The exciting part of our sandwich is the smoked red chilli curd. You’ll love it!!

Have fun cooking!!

Ingredients: (Makes 4 sandwiches)

Chicken fillets - 4 pounded and flattened well
Pita bread/khuboos - 4
Garlic - 6 cloves crushed
Lime juice - from ½ lemon
Pepper - 2 teaspoon
Fresh mint leaves - 4 sprigs leaves only
Tomato - 1 sliced
Hung curd or greek Yogurt - 1 cup (I used low fat)
Sliced black olives - 6 tbsp
White vinegar - 2 tbsp
Dried red chillies - 4
Salt to season


1.       Toast dried red chillies in a dry pan for a minute on a high flame.
2.       Remove seeds and crush chillies into flakes and mix with curd.
3.       Add vinegar, salt to season and black olives.
4.       Mix well and refrigerate overnight. You can make and store this sauce for 3 or 4 days.
5.       Pound chicken fillets till they are really thin. Use the flat side of a heavy knife if you don’t have a hammer.
6.       Rub salt, pepper, garlic and lime juice on both sides of the chicken fillets and refrigerate for 15mins.
7.       Heat you grill pan or a non stick pan and rub a thin layer of butter on it.
8.       Place the chicken fillets in the pan. Sear each side till golden brown crust appears and gets a little charred. (the chars give it a smoky flavour)

9.     Cut open the pita breads and transfer fillets, one by one into the bread.
10.   Now shred each fillet into thin slices.
11.   Add a couple of tablespoons of the chilly curd over it.
12.   Place a thin layer of mint leaves over it.
13.   Top with 2 or 3 slices of tomato.
14.   Wrap it up tightly and chomp, chomp, chomp!!!!

Gosh!! I think I’ll just go and make one more now J. Composing this post has left me craving for it!!!

This Recipe is going to the "Anyone Can Cook" event hosted by Ayeesha at Taste of Pearl city. I stumbled upon this blog recently and I have to say has a lot of mouth watering recipes.


  1. This looks so yummy... I love Gyros and I love the idea of something a little different than the traditional. Will definitely be trying this soon!

  2. That photograph is A-MA-ZINGGGG!!! And i never knew shawarmas can be prepared so easily at home. I am obsessed with the shawarmas at this place called pita inn and yours look very much like theirs. Even they have that curd chutney which tastes heavenly! Hehe

  3. Oh yum!!! I love the idea of healthy-fying anything, especially comfort or casual food. I always crave a good shawarma here and there. The juicy chicken with the all the toppings. I'm going to have to try your version soon!

  4. I LOVE shawarma (we make ours with lamb) and this looks just amazing. Best of all has got to be that curd. I've got some Greek yoghurt that needs using here and this is just the thing for it! Thanks so much for this recipe.

  5. I LOVE Chicken shawarma sandwiches! Wow, yours looks so juicy and yummy! I haven't had one in ages...thank you for reminding me!

  6. Wow! That photo leaps out at you and says EAT ME!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. It looks so delicious :) colorful and with grilled chicken.. really good thing ;)

  8. Oh my goodness, I can barely control my saliva glands. Looks a-maz-ing, I had never heard the word 'shawarma' before, but I love döner kebab!

  9. First things first...Am I on the right blog? Wow! Love, love, and absolutely love your new, clean, vibrant and crisp blog!
    Congratulations on your Top 9, with your super fabulous Spinach pizza, and all the other Top 9 winnings from recent well deserved!

    Loving your signature style chicken, such a yummy and comforting wrap, that wraps around your heart, with truly awesome goodness!!!

  10. Brilliant photograph, makes me feel so hungry. Just can't stop looking at it. Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook :)

  11. Thanks guys for all your lovely comments!
    @Elisabeth: first thanks for all the compliments but more than that thank you for noticing the new look!!!! mada me Happier =)

  12. yum yum yum
    love the photography too

  13. I really liked your way of putting it - fake but healthier shawarma :)) Nice photos!

  14. This looks absolutely fabulous!! We are lucky enough to have a Lebanese pita bakery a few blocks from the house who make killer shawarmas, donnaires, fatires....lentil soup is also amazing! I will have to try this though!

  15. Wowowo , amazing photos , Congrats on being a regular on the top 9 . Love your new look , very clean and crisp , the photos just pop out .

  16. shawarma is my favorite. thanks and explaining in very simple way. will love to cook one soon

    Cook Healthy

  17. I was hungry when I got here, now I am starving! That chicken sandwich is calling to me! What a beautiful piece of grilled chicken..just a perfect combinations of flavors.....Just wish I had one!
    Congrats on your top 9 today!

  18. Congratulations for making the top nine! What a great looking sandwich. I'm always looking for new ways to make healthy recipes.

  19. Sounds delicious and healthy! Congrats on the Top 9!

  20. Delish!!! X 10!!!
    Great idea!
    Love it!

  21. i have a back log of comments here. congrats on top 9. i'm flagging this recipe coz i see it's highly feasible and successful.

  22. if i'm using synthetic vinegar, the normal one, do i change measure coz i dunno white vinegar.

  23. @Kitchen Morph: use the regular vinegar and adjust the taste to ur choice but just keep in mind that the chicken and pita will reduce the flavours if u dont keep it a little on the higher end =) and thanks for the comment regarding my new look =) Its my own design =)

  24. Getting back to you again, to Congratulate you for the Top 9!

    I have an award waiting for you on my blog...just stop by, and claim the award! Your name is on the list!

  25. You have an award waiting for you:
    Mateja @Indulging Life

  26. So refreshing and delicious!!
    Looks amazing :)

  27. This looks delicious! Haven't been 'out' to visit for a few weeks but think of you (cheering in my head) each time I see you in the FB Top 9. Fantastic! No wonder why. Hope all is well!

  28. You have such an amazing blog with great photo posts and yummy recipes so here's an award I would like to pass on to you for a job Well Done!!Please pick it up from my site....ThnX

  29. Dear CH
    How are you? Missed many of your great dishes and now making up. Your recipes and the photographs are a great treat and dont get tired of virtually cooking them and eating as most of them I wont be able to make.
    But will try for sure to fail ha ha
    Today I am making the Lal Mans dish and will use your recipe.
    Have a nice day

  30. chomp chomp chomp...i made this...chomp chomp chomp...very good...chomp chomp chomp...will make it again...chomp chomp chomp...thank you.


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