Egyptian Hawawshi


Dive into the bustling streets of Cairo with every bite of Egyptian Hawawshi, a beloved street food staple. This spiced chicken sandwich is a symphony of flavors, featuring minced chicken mixed with aromatic spices, stuffed in pita bread, and baked to a crispy, golden perfection.

Egyptian Hawawshi

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 28 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 80 mg
  • Sodium: 600 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g


  • Minced chicken: 500 g (1.1 lbs)
  • Large onions, finely chopped: 2
  • Green bell peppers, finely chopped: 1
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 3
  • Ground cumin: 1 tsp
  • Paprika: 1 tsp
  • Ground coriander: 1 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper: ½ tsp (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Pita bread: 4 large rounds
  • Olive oil: For brushing

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Filling: In a bowl, mix minced chicken, onions, bell peppers, garlic, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
  2. Stuff the Pita: Slice each pita round halfway to create a pocket. Stuff with the chicken mixture evenly.
  3. Brush and Bake: Brush the outside of the pita with olive oil. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 25-30 minutes, or until the bread is crispy and the filling is cooked.
  4. Serve: Serve hot, optionally with tahini sauce or a side salad.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Even Distribution: Ensure the filling is evenly distributed for consistent flavor in each bite.
  • Crispy Outer Layer: Brushing with olive oil gives a crispier outer crust.
  • Customize Your Spice: Adjust the level of cayenne pepper to control the heat.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this with other meats?

Yes, traditionally, it’s made with beef or lamb, but chicken offers a lighter option.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven.

Can I add cheese to the filling?

Certainly, adding cheese like mozzarella can make it even more delicious.