Shawarma-Spiced Grilled Chicken with Garlic Yogurt Sauce Recipe

Shawarma-Spiced Grilled Chicken with Garlic Yogurt Sauce Recipe

How To Make Grilled Chicken Shawarma

This well-seasoned and perfectly grilled chicken served with a delicious homemade garlic yogurt sauce is our take on the classic Turkish street food.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Marinate Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes



For Chicken:

  • 1lbchicken breasts,(2 pieces) boneless, skinless, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1medium lemon,juiced
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1tspcumin
  • 1tspsmoked paprika
  • ¼tspturmeric
  • ¼tspcurry powder
  • tspcinnamon
  • pinchred pepper flakes
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper,to taste

For Garlic Yogurt Sauce:

  • 7oz2% Greek yogurt,(1 container) such as Fage
  • 2tsplemon juice
  • 2clovesgarlic,finely minced
  • 1/8tspkosher salt
  • parsley,chopped, for garnish


  1. Place the chicken breasts, 1 at a time, in a Ziploc bag. Pound each breast to an even thickness, about ½-inch thick, being careful not to puncture the bag.

  2. Place pounded chicken breasts back into the bag and set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the olive oil and lemon juice.  Whisk until combined. 

  4. Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, red pepper, salt, and black pepper, and whisk again.

  5. Pour the marinade into the bag with the chicken, massaging it to evenly coat.  Refrigerate and marinate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

  6. In a small bowl (or right in the container), combine the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.  Stir to combine and refrigerate until ready to use.

  7. Over medium-high heat, grill the chicken for 3 minutes or until it no longer sticks to the grill. Turn the chicken and grill for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. 

  8. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes, then slice it thinly across the grain. 

  9. Top each breast with 2 tablespoons of sauce and a sprinkle of parsley.  Serve.


  • Calories: 279.34kcal
  • Fat: 15.17g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.27g
  • Trans Fat: 0.12g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.90g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.68g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.04g
  • Fiber: 1.11g
  • Sugar: 2.55g
  • Protein: 29.34g
  • Cholesterol: 75.06mg
  • Sodium: 444.49mg
  • Calcium: 86.19mg
  • Potassium: 333.56mg
  • Iron: 1.79mg
  • Vitamin A: 50.03µg
  • Vitamin C: 12.42mg
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