If I said "Lebanese food" to you, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Lebanese food is known as a flavorful, yet very healthy cuisine. I know I'm biased, but it's my favorite cuisine, with Italian being not too far behind. One of our most well-known dishes is chicken shawarma. Both beef and chicken shawarma have become trendy food items over the last few years. Their popularities have grown exponentially, especially in the U.S. during this past decade. They're tasty, widely accessible, and a great on-the-go snack.
Many of you have probably had a shawarma at your local restaurant. Let's admit it, some have been better than others. So, why leave it to chance, when you can just make it at home? This is my mom's recipe for authentic Lebanese chicken shawarma. It's much easier to make than you think and it's beyond tasty. Juicy and tender flavorful chicken wrapped in pita slathered with garlic sauce. It's the way to go moving forward.
You know how we all grew up with those frozen chicken nuggets we were served at school or with our Lunchables? Well, those were all fine and well when we were like eight. By the time you got to fifteen, you started to notice just how bad those nuggets were. We're adults now. We can do much better. In comes chicken poppers. These chicken poppers are essentially adult chicken nuggets. They're not just for adults though. Your kids will love them as well. Packed with flavor, juicy and very easy to make.
If you were wondering why I haven't posted a new recipe in a few weeks, I have a perfectly good explanation. Yes, school was one of the major reasons. That obviously takes time away from what I could otherwise use as my filming time. Another issue was I was going through it these last couple of weeks. What I thought was just a cold, turned into self-diagnosed full-on bronchitis. It was horrible. Lost my voice, constantly coughing, headaches and so on. I can't emphasize how terrible those two weeks were. On top of being sick, finals were approaching. It was just a huge mess. One day as I was coughing my lungs out, I walked up to my mom with my mouth curled into a pout and the best puppy dog eyes I could give. I asked her, "mama, could you please make chicken soup?" She quickly obliged. Nothing cures me as quickly as my mom's chicken noodle soup. Why? It's out of this world good. I'm not exaggerating. When you take your first bite of that steaming hot soup, you'll think you died and went to flavor town. My mom makes her soup the Lebanese way, though I found a similar recipe on Shop Chopsticks. It involves vermicelli noodles, a very flavorful stock seasoned with our secret weapon and garnished with Italian flat-leaf parsley. This soup is so flavorful, ridiculously easy to make and will cure you of any ills you may be experiencing.