SHAWARMA-SPICED GRILLED CHICKEN WITH GARLIC YOGURT

SHAWARMA-SPICED GRILLED CHICKEN WITH GARLIC YOGURT

Lyn and I both agreed that the combination of spice was pretty darn good. I added some diced cucumbers in the sauce.  Easy to prepare cooks in no time.

 

 

Cook Time: 15 minutes

An easy, grilled chicken version of the classic Turkish street food which is usually cooked on a rotating spit. It is perfect served over couscous with yogurt and cucumbers as I did here, or try it with rice pilaf, or on a pita.  Other sides that would work are tomatoes, tahini, olives, feta, or hummus. Harissa would also work great to add some spice!

INGREDIENTS:

CHICKEN:

  • 1 pound (2) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 medium lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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GARLIC YOGURT SAUCE:

  • 1 (7-ounce) container 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • Chopped parsley (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place the chicken breasts, 1 at a time, in a Ziploc bag.
  • Pound each breast to an even thickness, about ½-inch thick, being careful not to puncture the bag.
  • Place pounded chicken breasts back into bag and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine olive oil and lemon juice.  Whisk until combined.
  • Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, red pepper, salt and black pepper and whisk again.
  • Pour the marinade into the bag with the chicken, massaging it to evenly coat.
  • Refrigerate and marinate for at least 1 hour, up to overnight.
  • In a small bowl (or right in the container), combine the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and salt.
  • Stir to combine and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Over medium-high heat, grill the chicken for 3 minutes or until it no longer sticks to the grill.
  • Turn the chicken and grill an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes then slice it thinly, across the grain.
  • Top each breast with 2 tablespoons sauce and a sprinkle of parsley.

Serve.

I put mine in a roll up with arugula and Lyn chopped her breast then added to some chopped arugula salad.

it was protein day so no veggies in this, arugula is a spice not a veggie, so on protein day we eat a lot of arugula.

Arugula, also known as salad or garden rocket, is one of the nutritious green-leafy vegetable of Mediterranean origin. It is a small, low growing annual herb featuring dandelion like succulent, elongated, lobular leaves with green-veins.

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Instant Pot Meatballs and Sauce

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I adapted my Rose’s Meatballs to this and Dukan.

I made some in the Instant Pot and also the oven and compared.

Everyone has their own sauce recipe so I loosely used Lyn’s

First with Lyn’s guidance I season some heated oil with some onion and garlic powder

To the heated pressure cooker add the olive oil and onion.

Add the tomato puree, salt and water basil, parsley and mix well (leave the heat/sauté’ mode on).

Move the bowl with the meat mixture next to the pressure cooker and start making meatballs

If you’re not handy at making them the same size you can use a tablespoon to measure the quantity of meat for each meatball. I like to use a medium size ice cream scoop rounded.

I used my regular meatball recipe Rose’s Meatballs but instead of Italian bread crumbs I used season oak bran. I also have cut that recipe down to 1 eggs per pound so this was 3 pounds and I had larger eggs so I used 2 eggs.

As you make each meatball, drop them into the sauce. To get them in an even layer drop them in clockwise, then fill the center and start again with the second layer until you run out of meatball mixture – there is no need for precision here.

Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker

Cook for 5 minutes at high pressure. When the cooker indicates it has reached high pressure it begins counting 5 minutes pressure cooking time. When time is up it will go to keep warm, you can hit cancel and let it naturally release the pressure about 10 minutes., Then, release the rest of the pressure slowly using the valve.

 

When we tested and compared the oven method was slightly drier but then I usually finish in the sauce so I think it was about the same after I let them sit in sauce. What do you think Lyn.