Shawarma chicken with pomegranate & tahini

We all know that eating well is a key ingredient to being healthy. So to help make it easier and more rewarding for you to take the good food option, we’ve partnered with Waitrose & Partners to reward you with cashback on healthy food. It’s simple – the more activity points you earn, the better your cashback rate on selected Good Health food (if you have an eligible Vitality Health or Life insurance plan)

To get you inspired on your healthy food journey, why not try this delicious and simple recipe, all made with Good Health food.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4


1 tbsp cold pressed rapeseed oil
Pack of 6 (about 485g) Waitrose & Partners No.1 Free Range Chicken Thigh Fillets, each halved
2 onions, roughly chopped
2 tbsp Belazu Shawarma Paste
400g can chickpeas, drained
1½ tbsp Belazu Tahini
100g low fat Greek style yogurt
1 unwaxed lemon, zest of all, juice of ½
1 medium pomegranate, seeds (or 4 tbsp seeds)
Handful flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped


1. Heat the oil in a wide, non-stick frying pan. Add the chicken and onions, season and cook for 10 minutes over a medium-high heat, until the onions are caramelised and the chicken browned. Turn the chicken halfway through cooking and move the onions around the pan a few times.

2. Stir in the shawarma paste and let it sizzle for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add 250ml water and the chickpeas. Partially cover with a lid and simmer for 25 minutes, until the chicken is tender and cooked through, the juices run clear and no pink meat remains, and the chickpeas are in a thick sauce. (Add a splash of water as it cooks, if needed.) Season.

3. Meanwhile, mix the tahini, yogurt, lemon zest and 1 tbsp juice. Loosen with 2 tsp water then season. When the chicken is ready, drizzle with a little of the tahini yogurt and scatter with the pomegranate seeds and parsley. Serve with the rest of the lemon cut into wedges for squeezing, and flatbreads on the side, if liked.

Top tip
To make this go further, shred the chicken using two forks. Load onto wraps or flatbreads, then top with the tahini, pomegranate and parsley.

Don’t forget that Vitality members with an eligible plan could get up to 25% cashback on selected Waitrose & Partners Good Health food (excluding beverages) when you get active. If you have a second eligible health or life insurance plan you could get up to 40% cashback.

This recipe appeared in the Waitrose & Partners November 2019 recipe card collection. You can pick up recipe cards for free every month in Waitrose & Partners stores.

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