Chicken shawarma with advieh

Chicken shawarma with advieh

Advieh, an aromatic Iranian spice mixture, adds flavour, warmth and a floral aroma to chicken thighs in this crowd-pleasing shawarma for four
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    If your advieh contains whole dried rose petals and spices, first grind to a fine powder. Put it in a large bowl with the paprika, oil and vinegar. Mix well into a paste.
  2. Step 2

    Mix in the sugar, two-thirds of the garlic, 2 tbsp of yogurt and 2½ tsp of fine sea salt. Add the chicken thighs and smother with the marinade. Cover and leave in the fridge for 4 hrs or overnight.
  3. Step 3

    Heat the oven to 205C/185C fan/gas 6 and remove the chicken from the fridge to bring to room temperature. Using two skewers, pierce the chicken through each side of the thighs – packing down to form a large kebab. Put onto a wire-racked baking sheet and cook for 50-55 mins or until the chicken is cooked through. Finish under a hot grill or on top of a barbecue for 1-2 mins if you want a charred finish.
  4. Step 4

    For the sauce, mix together the remaining yogurt and garlic, mint, lemon juice and zest, and ½ tsp of salt. Toast the flatbreads, smother with the yogurt sauce and shawarma. Serve with pickles and chillies, and finish with a sprinkle of advieh.