Chicken shawarma pie from Falastin: A Cookbook (page 260) by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley

  • coriander leaves
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground coriander
  • ground cumin
  • filo pastry
  • garlic
  • fresh ginger
  • nigella seeds
  • onions
  • parsley
  • tahini
  • turmeric
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Greek yoghurt
  • chicken stock
  • chicken thigh fillets
  • smoked paprika
  • ground cloves
  • baking potatoes
  • Aleppo chilli flakes

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Accompaniments: Tomato dagga

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Notes about this recipe

  • Eat Your Books

    See recipe for variations. Can substitute any other chilli flakes for Aleppo chilli flakes.

  • amandabeck on January 16, 2021

    YUM. I will make this time and again. We can't find boneless/skinless chicken thighs where I live so I bought quarters and used those instead. Would make more tahini yogurt sauce for the next time. A bit labor intensive but worth it. Leftovers toast up just fine too, but we destroyed this quite quickly!

  • EmilyR on June 30, 2020

    Another rave review from our crowd and the neighbor. I unfortunately had to use a 10" pan instead of the 9" and I used labneh in place of the yogurt, but this is one of my favorites I've made from the book thus far. Plan this one in advance as it does take some time, but it is worth the work.

  • ncollyer on June 23, 2020

    Wonderful dish. Yes, there are a few steps, but each is manageable. The stewed chicken was so good I was almost tempted not to make the whole dish, but glad I persevered. Quite a showpiece.

  • TrishaCP on June 20, 2020

    Excellent flavors. I did have a soggy bottom (I didn’t have the right kind of potatoes, nor enough of them, so it was probably down to user error). However, it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of this pie.

  • KarinaFrancis on May 09, 2020

    Amazing! I won’t kid you, there is a lot of work involved but the payoff is absolutely there. The spicing on the chicken is spot on, the potatoes keep the base crispy and the layer of yogurt/tahini gives the pie a delicious richness. Update: the leftovers were just as good reheated the next day

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