Chicken Shawarma: A Middle Eastern Delight


Embark on a flavorful journey with Chicken Shawarma, a Middle Eastern culinary gem. This dish is renowned for its savory, spiced chicken, thinly sliced and often served in a pita or flatbread with an array of fresh vegetables and sauces. Chicken Shawarma is not just a meal; it's an experience of bold flavors and diverse textures, a true delight for the senses.

Chicken Shawarma: A Middle Eastern Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes (excluding marinating time)

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 wrap

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 680mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugars: 4g


  • Chicken breasts, thinly sliced: 600g (1.32 lbs / 21 oz)
  • Yogurt: 60ml (2 oz)
  • Lemon juice: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Garlic, minced: 10g (0.35 oz)
  • Ground cumin: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Paprika: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Ground turmeric: 2g (0.07 oz)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pita or flatbread: 4
  • Lettuce, shredded: as needed
  • Tomato, sliced: as needed
  • Cucumber, sliced: as needed
  • Tahini sauce: as needed

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Marinate Chicken: In a bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, turmeric, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add chicken and marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Cook Chicken: In a skillet, cook the chicken over medium heat until golden and cooked through.
  • Assemble Shawarma: Warm the pita or flatbread. Add chicken, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and drizzle with tahini sauce. Roll up the bread around the fillings.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Thinly Sliced Chicken: Ensure the chicken is thinly sliced for quick and even cooking.
  • Marinating Time: The longer the chicken marinates, the more flavorful it will be.
  • Tahini Sauce: Homemade tahini sauce adds an authentic touch to the dish.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I grill the chicken?

Yes, grilling adds a smoky flavor that's great for shawarma.

What else can I add to the shawarma?

Pickles, red onion, or a garlic sauce are popular additions.

Can I make this gluten-free?

Use gluten-free flatbread or serve the chicken with a salad.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store in the refrigerator and reheat in a skillet or microwave.