Chicken Shawarma and Caramelised Shallot Hummus Bowls

This delicious Middle Eastern inspired hummus bowl is full of delicious flavours – caramelised shallot, cumin and tahini.

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 2 hrs 10 minutes (including marinating time)

Cooking Time: 35 mins

You’ll need

For the chicken shawarma marinade

350g boneless, skinless, chicken thighs

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp honey

Juice of ½ lemon

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2 echalion shallots, finely sliced

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground oregano

For the caramelised shallot hummus

Glug of olive oil

2 echalion shallots, finely sliced

400g tin of chickpeas

Juice of 1 lemon

1 garlic clove

6 tbsp tahini

1 tsp sea salt flakes

For serving

Pickled echalion shallots

Cucumbers, thinly sliced

Red cabbage, shredded

100g feta, crumbled


Extra virgin olive oil

Lemon wedges


What to do

Place the chicken in a large dish or bowl. Add all of the marinade ingredients. Toss to combine, coating the chicken evenly in the shawarma marinade. Marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or up to 3 days.

Heat a frying pan on a medium low heat with a glug of olive oil. Add your shallots and cook for 15 minutes until sweet and caramelised.

Tip the chickpeas into a food processor with 3 tbsp of the liquid from the tin. Whizz until smooth-ish then add the lemon juice, garlic and tahini. Whizz again, adding a little more chickpea liquid until you have a dippable texture. Mix through your caramelised shallots.

Transfer the chicken to a foil lined baking sheet, shaking off any excess marinade. Bake for 15-18 minutes at 220°C, depending on the thickness of your chicken thighs. The chicken should be nearly cooked through. Remove the chicken from the oven, meanwhile preheat your grill. Thinly slice the chicken and transfer back onto the baking tray and place under the grill for 4-5 minutes, turning the pan halfway through, until the chicken shawarma is browned & caramelized.

Add a large spoonful of hummus to the bottom of a large, shallow bowl. Use the back of a spoon to swoop the hummus across the bottom of the bowl. Add in the chicken shawarma. Finish with pickled shallots, thinly sliced cucumbers, shredded cabbage, crumbled feta, and a sprinkling of fresh coriander. Serve immediately with a spritz of lemon and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil as desired. Enjoy as it is in the bowl, or assemble into a fresh, fluffy flatbread.

Recipe courtesy of UK Shallot

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Melina - Assistant Editor

Hi I'm Melina, a mother of 3 teenage children and with a particular interest in all things health related. I run a busy household and smallholding alongside my work with Silversurfers, which currently includes dogs, fish, hens, ducks and pigs!

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