Slow-Cooker Chicken Shawarma Sandwiches

In Little Rock, Layla's Gyros is one of our favorite places. I always get the chicken shawarna sandwich. These were so yummy! I really think I will end up making these a lot now. Yum!


1 tbsp allspice
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 c plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 c freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
2 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (I used 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts)
Whole wheat pita pockets

For serving: thinly sliced red onion, fresh parsley, diced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, hummus* I threw together some stuff Tzaziki sauce for mine. Follow this recipe here.

In a small bowl, stir together the allspice, oregano, salt, garlic powder, cinnamon, and cayenne. Set aside.

Stir the yogurt and lemon juice together in a bowl. Add half of the spice mixture (reserve the second half) and stir to combine. Pour half the sauce into the slow-cooker. Add the chicken, and cover with the rest of the yogurt mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. (I did this part the night before, then just moved the slow-cooker pot to the actual slow-cooker in the morning.)

Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
With a fork or slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a large bowl (discard the cooking liquid). Shred the chicken with two forks, then sprinkle the remaining spice mixture over the top. Stir to coat with the reserved spices.
Serve the chicken shawarma inside warmed pita bread, sprinkled with any desired toppings.

Original recipe found here.

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