Ottawa loves their shawarmas and we do too! So check out this marinade for authentic shawarma chicken and tabouli that will make your neighbourhood shawarma spot jealous! Enjoy!!

Chicken Marinade

Shawarma Time!

• 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

• 3 tbsp of chilli powder

• 3 tbsp dried parsley

• 1/4 cup of chopped white onion or shallot
• 1/4 to 1/2 cup of olive oil(since this marinade is mostly dry, you might need to add more to spread it around as much as possible)

• 1/4 of lemon juice

• 4 garlic cloves, crushed(left whole just slightly mashed to infuse marinade)

• 3 tbsp of Herbamare (if you haven’t already tried this already, you have to! It’s an organic salt, herb and veggie mixture that adds amazing flavour to any dish)
* see below!
• 2 tbsp of cinnamon
2 tbsp of paprika
2 tbsp of pepper

• 3-4 tbsp of cumin

• 4 tbsp of mustard powder

Place whole chicken breasts in a freezer ziplock bag or glass Tupperware container. Pour marinade on top, mix throughly. Marinate for 2-3 hours minimum. I grilled mine on the BBQ but you can pan fry in olive oil or bake with this marinade. Slice chicken for salad or make a shawarma with whole wheat pita bread and top with hummus veggies and your favourite toppings. If you have a George Forman, grill your shawarma for a few minutes before eating and voila! Restaurant style shawarma! Enjoy!!

Tabouli recipe

• 1 head of curly parsley, chopped

• 1 white onion, finely chopped
4-6 large tomatoes, chopped

• 1/2 cup of quinoa, cooked and cooled
1-2 lemons(more if you like more acidity, lemon also helps cut the strength of the raw onion)

• 1/2 cup of olive oil

• 3 tbsp of a Herbamare * See below

 This recipe is quite easy and so delicious! I replaced the cracked wheat for quinoa to make it gluten free and add more protein. Chop all veggies, mix together with quinoa in a salad bowl, drizzle with olive oil, lemon, and Herbamare. That’s it! Keep cool until ready to eat!

*Herbamere can be bought here