Simon Rimmer’s Chicken Shawarma

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Mastering how to cook a large chicken can seem daunting, but it’s really not. If you have managed to do a small family roast, you’ll sail through cooking a large chicken.

Of course, you can stick to the traditional Sunday roast chicken, but if you would like to try something new why not have a go at Simon Rimmer’s Chicken Shawarma.

Ingredients

For the Chicken…

  • 2.5kg (large) chicken
  • 3 onions peeled and sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and sliced
  • 100g Ras el Hanout paste (or harissa)
  • 100ml red wine vinegar
  • 50ml port
  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp sumac
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sea salt

For the cucumber salad…

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded, and cut into thick half moons
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbs sea salt
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon

For the sauce…

  • 100ml Greek yoghurt
  • 100ml tahini
  • Half a bulb of garlic, roasted

Extras…

  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Pickled chillies
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Flatbreads (if you can’t find flatbreads you could substitute for naans or tortillas)
  • Sumac to serve

Method

  1. Slice the onion and garlic and place into a large oven proof dish
  2. Add the red wine vinegar, port and chicken stock
  3. Sit the chicken on top and rub in the Ras El Hanout paste, coating the chicken
  4. Mix together the smoked paprika, salt, cinnamon and sumac and sprinkle on top of the coated chicken
  5. Cover and roast at 160c for 2hours. Take off the cover and roast 20mins more Shred into the juice/sauce (add a little water to the base if it’s drying out)
  6. Simply mix all the salad ingredients together, except the lemon, and let it stand for 1 hour
  7. Then add the juice and zest of one lemon
  8. For the sauce, again just simply mix all the ingredients together

 

Serve

Serve a healthy portion of chicken with all the trimmings and make your own shawarma kebabs. Enjoy!

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