Eat.Fit.Be.Fit – Americanized Chicken Shawarma

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So I know what you’re thinking, Jen why Americanized Chicken Shawarma? Okay, so I looked up what an actual Shawarma was, and WOW. Not at all what I had anticipated to see. I always hear everyone rave about how much they LOVE shawarma. And to find out what all is in it, scared me a little. BUT, I also know that we have americanized what a true shawarma is, so I am now royally confused on which version people are all about. Well, maybe give this one a try, and tell me what you think 🙂 I loved it!

This dish was inspired by a client, who also loves shawarma like the rest of the world. She sent me the recipe, and we both put our own little spin on the mix. If you guys haven’t ever checked out the website called “Cooking Light” I recommend it. It’s got a good healthy spin on a lot of classic dishes, this one included! And I know a lot of you are looking for some direction, and some gimme’s so these are it!

Now knowing me, I am all about efficiency. But this week, was just not my week. Had I been a little more prepared for this week, I would have put the chicken in the crock pot last night, so it would be prepared and ready to go for today, so all that needed to happen, was the assembly. But I did no such thing. So I followed the recipe a little more closely than I normally would; despite all that it turned out pretty great 🙂 Just took longer than I wanted it to. If you’re really in a pinch, do canned chicken in water, no oil! Will work like a charm.

The nice thing is, I take so little time to prepare food on my days off, that my pups get a nice walk and get to relax with Lola (the feline) after they got all wet in the pouring rain! Inserting cute photos now 😀


I really had no idea how to cook farro, but I was ready to give it a shot! And I found out, it’s just like any other grain/pasta. Cooked to al dente 🙂 Easy enough! I added tarragon, onions and garlic to the boiling grains to give them a little more flavor. Not needed, but definitely a plus! I would for sure cook it again, it’s super filling, and holds 5g of protein and 3g of fiber just in 1/2 cup! Hope you enjoy this as much as I did, my dogs enjoyed it too. I’m one meal short due to them sneaking a try of it while I wasn’t looking….sneaky little beings! 😛

I also realized that I made way too much farro for the meals I needed, so farro also became a snack with some fresh mushrooms and sriracha! And also decided to try something new….anyone ever tried this stuff? It’s delicious, even on its own. I’m going with some staple cuisines in the mediterranean and Korean parts of the world #creativeeats #culturalfoodie


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