Friday, March 21, 2014

Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Shwarma

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Our last meal from Blue Apron was Chicken Shwarma.  This is one of John's favorite take-out dinners so he was thrilled this was coming to our house for dinner.  It was easy, fast, and tasted practically as good as our normal take-out place!  I loved the beet salad that went with it.  Beets are just so delicious!

Chicken Shwarma (from Blue Apron)
Serves:  2
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
5 red baby beets
4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch fresh dill, finely chopped
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 mini cucumber, diced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/4 head romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
6 ounces plain greek yogurt
10 ounces ground chicken
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 6-inch whole wheat pitas
1/2 cup hummus
2 teaspoons shawarma spice blend (cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, paprika, and cardamom)

Heat a small pot of salted water to boiling on high. Once water is boiling, add the beets and cook 25-28 minutes, until tender when pierced with a fork. Using a paper towel, gently rub the skins off the beets. Discard skins and slice each beet in quarters. Toss with the shallot-vinegar mixture and 2 teaspoons of olive oil.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the greek yogurt, lemon zest, dill, cucumber, half of the garlic and the lemon juice. Refrigerate until needed.

In a large pan, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high. Once hot, add the ground chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook 3-5 minutes, until cooked through, frequently breaking apart with a spoon. Add the onion, shawarma spice blend, and remaining garlic to the pan. Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently until chicken is browned and vegetables are softened.

Cook the pitas directly on the oven rack, 3-4 minutes until warm and toasted. Cut each pita into half-circles and fill each with hummus, chicken/vegetable mixture, and lettuce. Spoon tzatziki sauce into each pita and serve with beet salad on the side.

Until the next time my oven is on...


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