Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken

Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken

Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken

My husband announced last week that he would start his low carb diet on Monday.  He does this to drop the few pounds he gained during a vacation.  I think just about everyone I know comes home carrying a few extra pounds around their waist as souvenirs.

When my husband decides to go on one of these diets meal preparations can be challenging.  I’m just glad he said low carb not no carb!

Here’s a chicken recipe using the garlic sauce I recently discovered how to make.  The sauce is usually used as a dip or sauce over chicken shawarma or shish taouk, Middle Eastern dishes our family loves.  I made a quart of this sauce which I keep in the fridge and I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate it in other dishes.

This Garlic Lemon Chicken is so easy to make, it takes less than half an hour to cook up.  I served it with a nice salad, but you can serve it over pasta or rice with a simple veggie side dish.

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts – cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup flour
1 tbls. finely minced garlic
1 tbls. garlic powder
1 tbls. finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. ground white pepper
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tbls. olive oil
1 tbls. butter
1 lemon
1 can chicken broth
1/4 cup Garlic Sauce  (click here for recipe)
1 tbls. corn starch
1/4 cup water

Directions:

1.  Combine flour, garlic (minced and powder), parsley, pepper, and salt in a small plate.

2.  Pound chicken pieces with a kitchen mallet until they are very thin – about 1/4″.

3.  Roll both sides of chicken pieces in flour mixture.

4.  Heat olive oil in frying pan then melt butter in oil.

5.  Cook floured chicken pieces in oil until done and golden brown in color. (about 7-8 minutes).

6.  Remove cooked chicken from pan and set aside, but do not turn off heat.

7.  Pour broth into pan and let boil.

8.  Add Garlic Sauce to pan and stir until it dissolves.

9.  Cut lemon in half – squeeze juice of one half into pan.  Slice remaining half into thin circles and set aside.

10.  Mix corn starch with water until corn starch is dissolved.

11.  Slowly stir in starch mixture to pan.  Sauce will slightly thicken.

12.  Return cooked chicken to pan and cover with sauce.

13.  Remove from heat and garnish with lemon slices.

14.  Serve with salad or pasta.

Enjoy!

Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken
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Servings Prep Time
2 Servings 15 Minutes
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15 Minutes
Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken
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Servings Prep Time
2 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, garlic (minced and powder), parsley, pepper, and salt in a small plate.
  2. Pound chicken pieces with a kitchen mallet until they are very thin - about 1/4".
  3. Roll both sides of chicken pieces in flour mixture.
  4. Heat olive oil in frying pan then melt butter in oil.
  5. Cook floured chicken pieces in oil until done and golden brown in color. (about 7-8 minutes).
  6. Remove cooked chicken from pan and set aside, but do not turn off heat.
  7. Pour broth into pan and let boil.
  8. Add Garlic Sauce to pan and stir until it dissolves.
  9. Cut lemon in half - squeeze juice of one half into pan. Slice remaining half into thin circles and set aside.
  10. Mix corn starch with water until corn starch is dissolved.
  11. Slowly stir in starch mixture to pan. Sauce will slightly thicken.
  12. Return cooked chicken to pan and cover with sauce.
  13. Remove from heat and garnish with lemon slices.
  14. Serve with salad or pasta.
  15. Enjoy!
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Easy Chicken Shawarma Sandwich

Easy Chicken Shawarma Sandwich

Chicken Shawarma Sandwich

Since returning from our summer vacation in Jordan and Dubai we’ve had a yen for the popular sandwich served everywhere in the Middle East, the ever popular Chicken Shawarma.

Shawarma is really meat, beef, chicken, veal, turkey, lamb, or a mixture of meats, grilled on a vertical spit; pretty much like how the Greeks prepare Gyros.  You see these spits almost on every corner around Amman.  This sandwich or plates are available from the corner snack shop to the food courts in the malls to even the high end restaurants around town.  They range in price from about $1 to $5 depending on where you buy it; but regardless of where you buy and how much you pay you’re almost sure to walk away with something delicious.

At home in Hawaii finding shawarma is nearly impossible, we have very few Greek restaurants and even fewer Middle Eastern ones.  I’m sure we’ve tried them all; some are adequate, but most we’ve found lacking.  The only way to get good Middle Eastern food is to make it at home.

So how was I supposed to make my favorite chicken shawarma?  I don’t own a vertical spit and wasn’t about to buy one; frankly I doubt I’d ever figure out how to use it.  Surely there was an easier way to make this yummy dish using equipment I already own, namely my stove.  I looked online and found several recipes that called for either oven roasting the chicken or frying it on the stove.   I didn’t care how it was cooked as long as it tasted good.  After experimenting with different spices I finally came up with a recipe that my husband says is almost exactly like the chicken shawarma we enjoyed in Amman.

Really the secret is in the marinade, that’s what makes the chicken tender and gives it that tangy spicy flavor.  I marinate the chicken over night, roast it in the oven, then make the sandwich on fresh pita with veggies and that oh so yummy garlic sauce.  The sauce is really a must for this sandwich, to learn how to make it click here.

Shawarma sandwiches are great for lunch, dinner, or snacks.  Really I can eat them all day long!  My grandsons love them too!

My recipe uses FULL FAT Greek Yogurt – I’ve tried it with the non-fat or low-fat yogurts, it doesn’t come out as tender.

Marinade Ingredients:

2 pounds chicken tenderloins – cut in half lengthwise
2 tbls. minced garlic
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp.  paprika
1 tsp. curry powder
1/4 cup FULL FAT Greek yogurt

Sandwich Ingredients:

Fresh Pita or French bread
Garlic Sauce
Tomato slices
Cucumber slices
Sour Pickles

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a ziplock bag.
Put chicken pieces in bag and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.

Place marinated chicken on parchment covered baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes – turning chicken half-way thru the cooking time.

When the chicken is cooked put your sandwich together.  You can either cut the pita in half to form pockets you stuff with the chicken and other sandwich fixings or you can place all the fixings on top of the whole pita then roll it up tortilla style.  When I roll it up I like to wrap the bottom half in parchment or wax paper to keep the sandwich together.  Of course if you’re packing them to take along then it’s easier to roll them and wrap them in paper.

Which ever way you put the sandwich together first spread some of the garlic sauce on the bread – then put in the chicken and veggies then drizzle the whole thing with more garlic sauce.

It’s really yummy!  Enjoy!

For my Beef Shawarma Recipe click here!

Easy Chicken Shawarma Sandwich
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Servings Prep Time
6 Sandwiches 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 12 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 Sandwiches 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 12 Hours
Easy Chicken Shawarma Sandwich
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 Sandwiches 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 12 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 Sandwiches 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 12 Hours
Ingredients
Marinade
Sandwich Fixings
Servings: Sandwiches
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a ziplock bag.
  2. Put chicken pieces in bag and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Place marinated chicken on parchment covered baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes - turning chicken half-way thru the cooking time.
Recipe Notes

When the chicken is cooked put your sandwich together. You can either cut the pita in half to form pockets you stuff with the chicken and other sandwich fixings or you can place all the fixings on top of the whole pita then roll it up tortilla style. When I roll it up I like to wrap the bottom half in parchment or wax paper to keep the sandwich together. Of course if you're packing them to take along then it's easier to roll them and wrap them in paper.

Which ever way you put the sandwich together first spread some of the garlic sauce on the bread - then put in the chicken and veggies then drizzle the whole thing with more garlic sauce.

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