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Yummy Healthy Real Food Recipes

Chicken Shawarma


This dish is like curry crack. An intoxicating experience for your taste buds - and apparently slightly addicting as I've made it at least once a week for the last month straight. Definitely marinate (with extra lemon juice if you like it tart) overnight or at least from first thing in the morning. Go easy on the garlic for the dressing. Serve with the Broccoli-Cauliflower Rice. Great Heartful dinner as is - alkalizing, anti-inflammatory, blood-sugar balancing and loaded with anti-oxidants to improve overall heart, brain and digestive health. For our boys, I added Greek yogurt and pita that they used to wrap up everything and scarf down. It's a must-make!



  • 1 lb free-range organic chicken breast, cut into 3-inch strips

  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 T lemon juice

  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt or Himalayan salt

  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tsp curry powder

  • ½ tsp ground cumin

  • ¼ tsp ground coriander

  • 1/2 T avocado oil


  • In a bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, curry powder, cumin and coriander until combined.

  • In a shallow sealable container or in a large Ziploc bag, combine chicken strips and marinade.

  • Cover or seal and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or overnight.

  • Heat a small amount of avocado oil in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, add the chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes turning regularly.


Basil-Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 2 large handfuls fresh basil leaves

  • 1 clove garlic, smashed

  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • In a Vitamix or food processor, blend the basil, garlic, salt, and lemon juice until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the oil. Blend until combined. 


Serve shawarma with Broccoli and Cauliflower Rice and drizzle with vinaigrette. 


Option: Serve on a pita, top with Greek yogurt and drizzle with the basil-lemon vinaigrette if you can tolerate gluten and dairy. 


Serves: 4

Time: 30 minutes with prep


HEARTFUL RECIPE - One of our real food recipes that focuses on veggies, protein, healthy fats and/or healthy carbs and doesn't include gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, corn or peanuts.


Write-up by Pam.

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