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Shawarma Spiced Chicken Pita with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Ready in 25 minutes

Serves 4 people

Recipe from Epicurious


1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

1 1/2 pounds Pine View Farms chicken thighs, trimmed, bones and skin removed

4 pitas

1 cup full-fat or low-fat plain yogurt

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon tahini

1/4 teaspoon grated garlic

1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped dill, plus more for serving

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped mint, plus more for serving

1/2 large English hothouse cucumber, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/4"-thick half-moons (about 1 cup)

2 cups shredded romaine lettuce

3/4 cup small cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (about 5 ounces)

1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, 2 Tbsp. oil, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh registers 165°F, 12–15 minutes; wrap pitas in foil and warm in oven during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, mix yogurt, tahini, garlic, lemon zest, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl until incorporated. Fold in 2 Tbsp. dill and 2 Tbsp. mint.
  3. Toss cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, remaining 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in another medium bowl.
  4. Thinly slice chicken. Place 1 warmed pita on each plate and top evenly with chicken and tomato-cucumber salad. Drizzle each pita with 2 Tbsp. tahini-yogurt sauce; top with dill and mint. Serve remaining tahini-yogurt sauce alongside.
  5. Do Ahead Option: Step 5 Tahini-yogurt sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.