Chicken Shawarma Platter

Chicken Shawarma Platter

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

A little like Greek gyros, Shawarma is a Middle-Eastern specialty in which meats are grilled on a rotating spit. In this yummy dish, the chicken is served in a warm pita with vegetables and a creamy tahini-yogurt sauce.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ½ cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 (8 ounce) skinless boneless chicken breast halves, halved horizontally
  • 2 pita bread rounds, cut in half horizontally and heated
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1 medium avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced


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  1. Preheat broiler. For yogurt sauce, in a small bowl stir together yogurt, tahini, and ¼ teaspoon of the salt; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl stir together the lemon peel, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, allspice, black pepper, cardamom, and nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over chicken breast halves. Rub into chicken to coat all sides evenly.
  3. Arrange chicken on the unheated rack of a foil-lined broiler pan. Place the pan under the broiler so the surface of the chicken is 4 to 5 inches from the heat. Broil 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear turning once halfway through cooking time.
  4. Arrange warm pita halves on a platter. Top with lettuce, tomato, and avocado slices. Top with chicken breast halves and drizzle with yogurt sauce.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ pita, ½ chicken breast, ¼ cup lettuce, ¼ tomato, ¼ avocado, and 2 tablespoons sauce
  • Per serving: 316 calories; 11 g fat(2 g sat); 4 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 112 mcg folate; 73 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 1,369 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 111 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 613 mg sodium; 826 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (28% daily value), Vitamin A (27% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 lean protein, 1½ starch, 1 fat, ½ vegetable

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