Chicken shawarma is an elaborate dish that typically involves a minimum of 12 hours of marination time, plus a lengthy cook time on a rotisserie spit or grill. Thus, this tasty treat has historically been left out of the home cooking realm, and has been relegated to restaurant-only purgatory.
Using just SEVEN ingredients, all of which can be purchased in a speedy shopping trip through your local Trader Joe's, you can have Chicken Shawarma wraps on the dinner table in LESS than 30 minutes.
So what are we waiting for?!
Here's what you'll need:
- a red onion
- Trader Joe's Tzatziki (or hummus or baba ghanouj, or all three!)
- Trader Joe's Shawarma Chicken Thighs
- Trader Joe's Pita Bread
- a lemon
- 1 cup chicken stock or water (I forgot to photograph that part!)
Add the chicken thighs and 1 cup chicken stock or water to the inner pot of an electric pressure cooker. As you can see here, I first seared my chicken thighs (that's why they don't look totally raw here). I decided that a searing step is not crucial to shawarma glory, so I omitted it. The less work the better, amiright?!
Seal lid and pressure cook on High for 15 minutes. Quick Release the pressure, then transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Chop.
Meanwhile, start prepping the rest of your ingredients! Halve the cucumber vertically, then cut it into thin half moons. Thinly slice the red onion. Cut the lemon into wedges for serving.
Warm your pita by either throwing them in the oven for a few minutes, or using this unbelievably janky method that I love - throw it over the flame of your stove! I love this method because it not only warms the pita up, it also gives it a really beautiful char.
Build your pita! Add a little chicken, a little tzatziki, red onion, and cucumbers. Serve with a fresh lemon wedge. Boom, DINNER'S ON THE TABLE!