Homemade Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Homemade Chicken Shawarma Recipe

How To Make Homemade Chicken Shawarma

Tangy bites of juicy chicken, topped with a creamy yogurt sauce, and wrapped in soft pita bread, makes up this delectable chicken shawarma!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Marinate Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes



  • lbschicken thighs,boneless, skinless, trimmed

For Marinade:

  • 1tspcumin
  • 1tspground cardamom
  • 1tbsppaprika
  • ½tspcinnamon
  • 1tspturmeric
  • 1tspgarlic powder
  • 1tbspsumac
  • ¼tspcayenne
  • 1tbspkosher salt
  • 1tspfresh ground black pepper
  • 4tbspolive oil
  • 1tbsplemon juice,fresh
  • 3garlic cloves,sliced

For White Sauce:

  • 1cupwhole milk greek yogurt
  • 1tbsplemon juice
  • 1garlic clove,minced
  • 1tspsumac
  • tspcayenne pepper
  • ¼tspsalt
  • ¼tspblack pepper

For Serving:

  • pita bread,warmed
  • cucumber,sliced
  • tomato,sliced
  • pickle



  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together. Add the chicken thighs and coat evenly.

  2. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.

White Sauce:

  1. Add all the sauce ingredients to a small bowl. Mix together and chill until ready to serve.

To Bake:

  1. Adjust the oven rack about 6 inches from the top heat source in the oven, then preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and a wire rack.

  2. Place chicken in single layer on prepared wire rack, with the smooth sides down. Broil for about 16 to 20 minutes, until chicken is well browned and registers at least 165 degrees F.

  3. Remove and rest the chicken for 5 minutes before handling, and turn off the oven.

  4. While chicken rests, warm the pitas in the still-warm oven for a few minutes.

  5. Slice the chicken into thin strips and transfer to platter.

  6. Serve with sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, pickles, prepared yogurt sauce, and warm pita, then enjoy!


  • Calories: 837.13kcal
  • Fat: 65.21g
  • Saturated Fat: 17.21g
  • Trans Fat: 0.24g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 29.70g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.59g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.10g
  • Fiber: 2.04g
  • Sugar: 3.04g
  • Protein: 53.24g
  • Cholesterol: 287.40mg
  • Sodium: 900.07mg
  • Calcium: 96.98mg
  • Potassium: 729.66mg
  • Iron: 3.57mg
  • Vitamin A: 148.15µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.56mg
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