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Chicken Shawarma Pita Pitza!

Good morning, friends! I’m about to hit the road to DC but first, by popular demand — here is my “Project Food Blog Challenge 5 post that never was!” As you guys know (especially if you follow me on Twitter), I sadly didn’t make it into this round. I’m bummed, but the competition was amazing and I’m excited to see what those who are still in it continue to come up with! Thank you for all your votes and support :)

This week’s challenge was to create a twist on pizza, and since I was in Texas all last weekend for my friend Jessica’s wedding, I had to make my pizza creation and write this challenge post just in case before leaving, since I wouldn’t know if I made the next round until I was already gone. I spent a ton of time on this post and making the pitza (which was so delicious!!), so I put out a poll on Twitter asking whether I should go ahead and post it or not. You all said definitely, YES! So — enjoy :)

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Let’s all just stop for a minute and say “Shawarma” out loud. Does anyone else find that word really fun to say?

Shawarma. Shawarma! Shaaaaawaaaaaarrrrmaaaaa.

::Cough::

No?

…Anyway.

Behold — Chicken Shawarma Pita Pitza!

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Isn’t it beautiful?

 

My favorite Lebanese restaurant, Aladdin’s Eatery, has mastered the art of pita “pitzas”. I’m obsessed with them, but I’ve never gotten the nerve to try to make one at home. Until now ;)

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This week’s Project Food Blog challenge was to create our own variation of the Italian classic, pizza! For the purpose of the challenge, pizza was defined as having a solid base, a sauce, and at least one topping. It was fate — pita pitzas, here I come!

I started by perusing Aladdin’s Pita Pitza menu for inspiration. Finally, I decided on a compilation of a bunch of my favorites, and my Chicken Shawarma Pita Pitza was born!

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Here’s how to make your very own Chicken Shawarma Pitza! It’s easy, I promise. What you’ll need:

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Yep, I totally brought the whole pan of chicken and the whole food processor full of cucumber yogurt garlic sauce outside. That’s just how I roll, friends.

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How to Make a Chicken Shawarma Pita Pitza

~ Step 1 ~

Toast a whole wheat pita.

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~ Step 2 ~

Spread toasted pita with hummus, either store bought or homemade.

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I actually made my own homemade hummus for the first time for this pitza! I used this recipe and it came out great. Yay :)

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~ Step 3 ~

Top hummus with sliced fresh tomato.

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~ Step 4 ~

Add a few pieces of the chicken shawarma!

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To make the chicken shawarma, I took boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut them into bite sized-ish pieces, and marinated them for about 20 minutes in the first 6 ingredients from this recipe. Then I simply sautéed it all in a pan until the chicken was cooked through.

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All done! Most of the liquid cooked down.

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~ Step 5 ~

Drizzle the cucumber yogurt garlic sauce on top!

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Yum. I originally created the yogurt sauce recipe to go with my Secret Ingredient Falafel, and I’d forgotten how good it is! :)

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~ Step 6 ~

Top it all off with a bit of chopped fresh parsley:

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And now, my friends — you are ready to dig in :)

CHOMP. Delicious and messy — just how I like my pizzas! Don’t be fooled by the fork and knife in the first photos — they were not used ;)

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Yep. Everything I hoped and more. Must make this again. And again. And again.

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You know the only thing that could have made this even better? Oh, don’t be coy. You know what I’m talking about.

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p.s. Hope you enjoyed my challenge post that wasn’t ;) Have a wonderful day and catch you guys later from D.C.!

p.p.s. Shawarma.

Comments

  1. 1

    I love this recipe, it looks so good. I am going to make it step by step. I love pizza. My mother was Italian and I suppose that is why I am a diabetic, I loved it too much.PS I am down to 130 lbs. lost 30 pounds. I am 5’6″. I’m proud of me. Everything on this pizza I can eat. Thanks
    Enjoy your time off and let us know what you made on your test.

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      Good for you! :) Was that your goal weight?

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        I really didn’t have a goal weight. My RD and diabetic manager just wanted me to loose at least 20 pounds or until I could manage my glucose levels. I lost the first 20 pounds and my glucose was dipping into the dangerously low side. My Dr. changed my meds and now I am doing just fine. I never thought in a million years I would be diabetic but you can control it and live a very normal life. And now I am 30 pounds lighter and it is easier to exercise. I have had 5 kids but I lost the weight easily much to my surprise.

        Thanks

  2. 4

    Oooh your pizza looks fabulous Anne!

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    Danielle J says:

    Looks amazing!
    Yay DC.. any chance you’ll be doing a mini-meetup ;)

  4. 7

    Wow, that looks soooo good! I’ll definitely have to try it out! I can’t believe you were in Houston! ;) Did you try any of the local restaurants?

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    hey this looks awesome! congrats on making it SO FAR in project food blog, your posts were amazing!

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    That looks incredible. I’ve been craving Greek food all week!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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    I’ve never had chicken shawarma, but it looks great! I love the idea of a pita pizza.

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    I just made a pita margharita pizza the other day since I was out of dough, and it’s a great substitute. That chicken and yogurt sauce look super good – definitely will try it.

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    This looks great!

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    Great recipe, Anne! So glad you posted it and wish you had made it through but love your attitude about the contest. xo

  11. 15

    You should have made it! This looks awesome.

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    You were robbed! This would have been a winner. Great fun nonetheless! Safe travels -

  13. 17

    Um,yes please!!looks delicious:-)cc

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    Pat Elserry says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t make it to the next round! :( So sad, but what fun and a great experience! The pitza looks great!! I just made a pita-pizza last night for my 18 month old grandson! He is a very picky eater and the only vegetable he likes is my baked eggplant, so I’ve taken a page out of Jessica Seinfeld’s “Deceptively Delicious” cookbook and put pureed cauliflower on the bottom, topped with marinara sauce!! Yum, yum AND best of all, he ate it all and never knew he had veggies!! :) We’ll have to give Chicken Schawarma try next!

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    Linda - a Canadian RD says:

    That looks delicious!

    Congratulations for making it as far as you did in the Project Food Blog Challenge! Like you said – the competition was stiff! Be proud of yourself!

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    Looks awesome! SHHHHAAAWWWAAARRRMMMMAAAAAAAAA! :)

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    Great job as good as any pizza I have seen this week. Congratulations. GREG

  18. 23

    oh yummo! THat looks so fresh and tasty!

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    I love shwarma! It is so bad for you – I love this healthy version, thanks Anne!

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    your pita pitza looks so yummy. I love making pizzas with pita crusts, almost more than regular crusts.

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    Yum! I eat pitza at a Middle Eastern restaurant near my apartment. I never thought to make this at home. Looks great, I bet that yogurt sauce makes the dish.

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    This looks absolutely amazing! Even though I don’t eat meat, it looks so yummy! Great job and beautiful photos! :)

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    Hi,

    Any chance you can put the nutritional labels on your recipes?

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    Tim Murphy says:

    Here was the text Lindsey sent me after I made the chicken shawarma pizza for her to take into work on her call night; “My lunch and dinner were delicious! Will u make that again?”

    It was delicious and I can’t wait to make it again

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    I made your Chicken Shawarma Pita Pitza today and it was the most delicious pizza I ever made. Four of our five grandchildren stayed with us this weekend and of course the twins had to help me make the pitza. I had to make six of them. There wasn’t a crumb left, so I guess that means they loved it.

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    I live in the Middle East where Shawarma is a staple (it’s NOT Greek) this is very good. I added crushed red pepper flakes to the seasonings and added onion to the pitza. Here they are rolled up in the bread and depending on which shawarma stand you go to, they fill it with a dill pickle or a few french fries.

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    Hector G. Garcia says:

    This is incredible and yes it is BEAUTIFUL.

    Great illustrations and recipe.
    I can’t wait to make this…

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    OMG! I just tried this and it was amazing! I also added some shredded mozzarella. It was delish! Thanks a lot!

    A.

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    Kristen says:

    Anne – just FINALLY made this amazing recipe and have to tell you that I LOVED it! The combination of flavors is FABULOUS! I substituted for Ezekiel “Pockets” and didn’t make the yogurt sauce, but instead just bought some Tzatziki to take me back to Greece for a moment :) So delicious and it’s GOTTA be healthy… right? right?
    Keep the recipes coming! LOVE your blog!

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    I made this once two weeks ago and have made it every week since at my husband’s request! If only my toast was about 1/2 inch wider… I would be able to fit the pitas in without trimming! Thanks for the great recipe! :)

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