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Armenian chicken shawarma


Here is a flavorful armenian chicken dish for dinner, with flavorful spices such as anise, garlic, cardamon, cinnamon. Its best when marinated for 2 days .. enjoy!

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  • The Marinade:
  • 3-4 pound Chicken Thighs
  • 10 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 6 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced
  • 2 teaspoons ground Cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground White Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Clove
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 2 3inch sticks of Cinnamon crushed
  • 1 Star Anise
  • Shawarma Garlic Sauce:
  • 8 small cloves of Garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced and strained
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Mayonnaise to taste
  • Sour Cream to taste
  • or Greek Yogurt to taste


Level of difficulty Average
Cost Budget Friendly


Step 1

Press or mince the 10 garlic cloves and combine with salt. Smash them until they make a paste. In a small bowl combine the spices, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Place the chicken thighs in a gallon size plastic bag and add the crushed cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and star anise. Pour in the marinade, zip and press on the bag to evenly distribute the marinade. Place bag in a bowl and marinade in the fridge for up to 2 days.
After marinating, grill on low {200-250 degrees} for about 10 to 12 minutes, {if bone in} per side or until a meat thermometer reads at 165-170 degrees.

Mince or press 8 garlic cloves and make into a paste with the kosher salt.

Add in the lemon juice and while whisking add the olive oil.

Add mayo, sour cream or Greek yogurt to taste (approximately 2-3 tablespoons} adding it gradually until desired taste and texture cover and refrigerate.. this can be served over naan or pita bread, with sliced cucumbers and red onion..yummy! enjoy!

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  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp. of Mexican spice mix
  • 4 Tortillas
  • Cheddar
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Put shredded chicken breast, tomato sauce, chives, and mexican spice mix in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Lay out the tortillas. Place a slice of cheddar in the center, and cover with the chicken mix.
  3. Fold up tortillas, and heat in a frying pan until golden.
  4. Enjoy!

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