Here's what the recipe calls for, along with my parenthetic notes for real-life/I don't have time to worry about being perfect cooking:
When you're ready to cook, preheat oven to 425, coat the quartered onions in the marinade, and toss everything onto a rimmed baking sheet coated in oil.
Roast for about 30 minutes, let it sit for 2-5 minutes before slicing it thin.
Traditional shawarma is sliced thin and served with pita or rice or eggplant or whatever other delicious stuff you can find in the Mediterranean world. I had brown rice on hand, so I made that, and whipped up the simplest tomato and cucumber salad as well. Except this one called for red onion and I had used up all of mine already. I have no regrets.
Taste: SOOO GOOD. That is all.
Nutrition: The NYT site claims that if eaten in 4 servings, the chicken alone has 585 calories, 40 g of fat, 46 g of protein, 9 g of carbs and 2 g of sugar. This is assuming the recipe is made with chicken thighs, which are a bit fattier and maybe even tastier than the chicken breasts above (a matter of preference...or bargain shopping.) This is not a 'diet' meal, but it's delicious, full of protein, and absolutely compatible with a healthy nutrition plan. The marinade contains oil, which adds to the fat content, but olive oil is widely considered to be a heart-healthy source of fat (Mediterranean diet, anyone?) Spices add to the flavor without packing on calories. With this meal, it's about choosing an appropriate serving size and side dish. The rice adds what might be unnecessary carbs; opt for greens instead if you don't need the extra energy.
Life: It took me about 10 minutes to mix up the marinade, and about 30 minutes in the oven. I didn't have everything on hand, though-- tumeric is a new spice to my rack, and I don't usually keep red onions, either. But as the tumeric is likely going to last a good long while, I will definitely be throwing this recipe into the rotation with regularity. It made about six meals and I couldn't wait to get home for leftovers. There are definitely times I sort of passive aggressively ignore my leftovers until-oops- they go bad on me. But I do hate to waste food and I don't see that happening with this meal. MAKE THIS SHAWARMA!
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