I’ve been meaning to make chicken shawarma for about a week now, but I kept forgetting to put the chicken in the marinade before leaving for the day! I guess it was okay though–my chicken thighs were so frozen that they took until yesterday to thaw, I finally remembered to make the marinade this morning and set it up. Shawarma has one of my favorite flavors–lots of spices, all of which are pretty bold. Then I decided to set up the potatoes and red onions with Lebanese seven spice. Totally worth the one-week wait.
When I made THIS last week, I made it with a garlic lemon yogurt sauce. Today I took the leftovers of that sauce, added a ton of fresh dill, and poured it over top of this chicken. If you wanted to have this more traditionally, you’d cut it up and serve it over pita with tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions. Or, just eat it as is. Yumm-o!
Roasted Chicken Shawarma with Potatoes, Red Onions, and Garlic Dill Yogurt
1/3 C fresh lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
1/3 C olive oil
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 pounds chicken thighs
1 red onion, peeled and cut into large wedges
1.5 pounds yukon gold potatoes, cut in about a 1/2-1″ dice
1 tsp seven spice
1/2 C plain, full-fat yogurt
zest and juice of one lemon
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 C fresh dill, chopped
1.- In small bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, turmeric, and cinnamon. Place chicken in a large resealable bag, pour marinade over, seal, and chill at least 3 hours–up to 12 hours.
2.- Heat oven to 425. Lightly grease a small baking dish. Layer potatoes and onions. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and seven spice. Remove chicken from bag and place directly on top of potato mixture, skin-side up. Roast 40-50 minutes. Let rest a couple minutes. If you want a crispier skin, pan-fry for a minute or so after removed from oven. If not, this is optional.
3.- For yogurt: in small bowl, whisk together yogurt, lemon juice and zest, garlic, and dill. Season as needed with salt and pepper.