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Chicken Shawarma on the Red Kettle!


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In a reply to shuley, when I introduce my new Red Kettle, I stated “I use the kettle mostly for fast grilling style cooks (Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Carne Asada, shrimp) So I haven't really tried to control the temperature to much” Well I decided to try a longer cook and see how it held a temperature.

 

Chicken is my wife’s favorite and I like to mix it up so for this Kettle Experiment I went with Chicken Shawarma. Started out the night before making some Tzatziki. Here are the ingredients: (From Chef John on FoodWishes.com)
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2 cups Greek yogurt
1 large cucumber, peeled, grated, tossed with 1/2 teaspoon of salt
4 cloves garlic, very finely minced
juice of half a lemon or vinegar to taste
3 tbsp. chopped fresh dill and/or mint
salt, pepper, to taste

 

Here is the grated cucumber that I tossed with the salt.

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The salt leaches out the liquid from the cucumber that I rung out using a flour sack towel.

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Here’s the yogurt, the lemon and the minced mint ready to be mixed together with the garlic and cucumber.

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The next day I made up a yogurt based shawarma marinade. Here are the ingredients:

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1 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt

5 cloves of garlic
¼ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. of olive oil
2 tbsp. of ketchup

1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon caraway (ground fennel)
½ teaspoon cardamon
½ teaspoon of oregano or thyme
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon crushed peppercorn
¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground ginger

 

Everybody in the pool

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and then thoroughly mixed.

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I then broke out the boneless / skinless chicken thighs I got that were on sale.

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I cleaned these up and then cut most of them in half but some were larger so they were cut in thirds.

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The thighs now went into pool for a nice long rest.

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Next up was the Hummus ingredients.

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One 15-ounce can (425 grams) chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans

1/4 cup (59 ml) fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon

1/4 cup (59 ml) tahini (we used Krinos)

Half of a large garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving

1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 to 3 tablespoons water

Dash of ground paprika for serving

Here is the start of the blending process.

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Then some Persian Rice.
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2 cups of basmati rice
3 ½ cups of chicken stock/broth
2 tbsp of butter
½ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cumin
Kosher salt and pepper

And finally a Mediterranean Tomato Salad.

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Now I can cook the Shawarma. Broke out my good skewers. (Closest I can come to a Shawarma rotisserie) I used two so I could better control them on the grill. I tightened up the stops to help keep in the marinade and juices.

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and placed them on the grill.

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My new Red Kettle was cruising along at 350 and stayed within 10 degrees of that for the entire 75 minutes of this cook.

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Flipped them after 5 to 6 minutes.

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After a while I moved them over the coals so I could develop some char that Shawarma should have.

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Here is everything plated up family style with some cucumber slices, Olives, pita bread and a Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA.

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So Good! My wife and company loved everything.

Thanks for looking.

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Oh my goodness, this looks fantastic!  Inredible job, DerHusker!  Mediterranean is some of my favorite food, and you made an amazing looking homemade rendition.  I think I'm going to save this thread and try it out for myself.

 

I didn't see an ingrediants list for the Mediterranean Tomato Salad.  Mind sharing that?  Looks like tomatoes, cucumbers, a bell pepper, and I'm not sure what your green "herb" mixes were at the front of the cutting board...

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On 4/16/2018 at 9:39 AM, Jack 101 said:

As a friend of ours says, "Outstanding".  :woot::woot:

Thank you Jack. My wife and guests pretty much said the same thing.

On 4/16/2018 at 10:37 AM, Smoke and Awe said:

I mean, just WOW!  What a feast not only for the tummy but for the eyes!  Always fun to cook for company, but you set the bar waaay up there.

Thank you Gerri. I love this recipe for chicken shawarma and the other items just really make this meal pop.

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On 4/16/2018 at 10:42 AM, MD_Ag said:

The shawarma challenge was months ago, but I'd like to change my vote anyway.

Thank you MD_Ag. I made almost the exact same plate for the Shawarma Challenge and didn't win. Maybe you can talk to ckreef and retroactively change your vote, although I still wouldn't win. :oops:

On 4/16/2018 at 12:46 PM, gotzero said:

Yum!

 

 

I hope it comes up again now that I have a rotisserie and know where to buy 10lb gyro cones!

Thank you gotzero. Shawarma is different than gyro so I'm not sure what you have in mind for that.

On 4/16/2018 at 1:38 PM, shuley said:

What a feast.  Your friends are lucky. 

Thank you shuley.

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3 hours ago, TKOBBQ said:

I bet all enjoyed your feast, it looks great.

Thank you Ted.

2 hours ago, zero said:

Oh my goodness, this looks fantastic!  Inredible job, DerHusker!  Mediterranean is some of my favorite food, and you made an amazing looking homemade rendition.  I think I'm going to save this thread and try it out for myself.

 

I didn't see an ingrediants list for the Mediterranean Tomato Salad.  Mind sharing that?  Looks like tomatoes, cucumbers, a bell pepper, and I'm not sure what your green "herb" mixes were at the front of the cutting board...

Thank you zero. The Mediterranean Tomato Salad is a mix of Tomato, Cucumber, Parsley, Mint, Feta cheese and what ever else you want to include. In this version I had some orange bell pepper I included. Last time I made it I included some red onion. You could include both or something else. The following amounts are approximate as I never measure them:

1 medium / large red tomato

1 cup chopped grape tomatoes (I use anything other than red to add color)

1 cup chopped Cucumber

1 cup minced Parsley

1 cup minced Mint

1/2 to 3/4 cup Feta cheese (to taste)

3/4 cup red / orange / yellow bell pepper or red onion or both.

I don't do this but if you want to add some lemon juice and / or EVOO that's up to you. (I don't feel it's necessary)

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