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Chicken Shawarma

Everyone saves the world just a little bit, every day. You may not be physically saving the planet from a mischievous, demigod half-brother (or maybe you are. Hey, I don’t know your schedule.), but I truly believe we just don’t know the far-reaching effects of even the smallest of our noble actions. Why else would the demigods and superheroes deem us so worthy of saving?

So, why not eat like the superheroes we are, huh? And, I’m sure we could all use some shawarma after a long day of screenwriting panels or cosplay.

We even know what shawarma is, so listen up, Tony.

And, what it is, is basically the greatest. It’s a traditional Middle Eastern method of preparing meat by slow roasting it on an upright spit for hours and hours on end, meaning all the spices are just marinating away all day long. Typically, the restaurant or shop owner will then serve it right from the hearth, cutting off large chunks and slapping them in pita bread or on sandwich rolls.

The at-home version here tastes every bit as spicy and delicious just without the added benefit of open, outdoor fire. Because until I find an upright spit on my doorstep, gift wrapped from Stark Industries, I’ll just have to make do with what I have: a crockpot and some gumption. And, really, what more do you need?

DSC 4295 007Ingredients

2 lbs. boneless chicken thigh
5 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp all spice
¾ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
pinch of cayenne
pinch of salt and black pepper
a rough ½ cup of water


  1. Measure olive oil and pour into crockpot.
  2. Turn crockpot on low setting.
  3. Combine spices in a bowl and whisk into olive oil until well combined (no lumps).
  4. On a clean workspace, remove excess fat from chicken.
  5. Place chicken on the bottom of the crockpot and add enough water so that the chicken is almost covered.
  6. Let cook on low heat for approximately 6 hours.
  7. When chicken is thoroughly cooked (165 degrees throughout), remove from crockpot and let cool. About 5-10 minutes.
  8. Shred chicken with your fingers or a fork. At this point, it should just fall apart.
  9. Place chicken in pita (or your receptacle of choice).
  10. Enjoy at a table in complete silence with your super-powered friends.

This post is courtesy of the talented chefs at Garlic, My Soul!  Be sure to stop by their website to see posts like this one and many more!




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