Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma
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Shawarma is a Middle Eastern sandwich made with sliced seasoned meat. This version features chicken, along with a cucumber-yogurt sauce, fresh tomato and crunchy romaine lettuce.

From EatingWell: March/April 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 45
Total Time: 45

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup shredded English cucumber
  2. 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  3. 3 tablespoons tahini
  4. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  6. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  7. 1 teaspoon curry powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  9. 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed
  10. 1 tablespoon canola oil
  11. 4 6-inch whole-wheat pita breads or lavash
  12. 1 medium tomato, chopped
  13. 2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce

Preparation

  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Stir cucumber, yogurt, tahini, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine garlic powder, curry powder, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in another medium bowl. Slice chicken breast crosswise into 1/4-inch strips; toss with the spice mixture to coat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and toss to combine.
  4. Grill the chicken, turning once, until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
  5. To serve, spread 1/4 cup of the cucumber-yogurt sauce on a pita (or lavash) and top with one-fourth of the chicken, tomato and lettuce. Fold like a taco (or roll closed, if using lavash). Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 376 calories; 14 g fat (2 g sat, 6 g mono); 64 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 6 g fiber; 606 mg sodium; 603 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (50% daily value), Magnesium (20% dv), Iron & Vitamin C (18% dv), Potassium (17% dv), Zinc (16% dv), Folate (15% dv)

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 2 fat