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Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Hey guys! I hope your week is going well. This recipe is one that I am super excited to share with you all.

So, my fascination with chicken shawarma began when I was visiting Jordan in the summer times throughout my child and adult life. I always looked forward to going to Jordan just to eat some good shawarma from Al Day3a or Reem. Comment if you know those two places that I am talking about! It is so so good.

Lately, I have been craving to have some good shawarma which seems hard to find around here. I know I needed to take business into my own hands and I think that I did a pretty good job! This recipe is easy to follow and tastes great especially when paired with toum (garlic sauce), Jerusalem salad, and some pickles in a wrap! I want some right now just writing about it.

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3 chicken thighs boneless skinless

3 chicken breasts boneless skinless

1/3 cup olive oil, divided

2 tsp cumin

1 tbsp all spice

2 tbsp paprika

1 tsp tumeric

1/2 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp dried oregano

Salt & Pepper to taste

Juice of 1/4 lemon


  • Slice the chicken breasts into 6 pieces and the thighs into 4 pieces.
  • Place in a large bowl and add all the ingredients above except use only half of the olive oil. Once chicken is tossed in the marinade put the chicken in a zip lock bag. Allow this to marinade for at least 2 hours in the fridge. It would be best to marinade over night for the most flavor.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Once chicken is marinated, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Scatter the chicken onto the pan.
  • Place into the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes-20. Half way through, turn the chicken pieces so there is even cooking.
  • Then take the chicken out of the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes and then start slicing the chicken into smaller pieces so it will caramelize better when cooking in the skillet.
  • Heat a skillet with some of the leftover olive oil and add half of the slice chicken. Cook for 5 minutes till parts start to crisp up. Those are the best pieces! Add some salt and pepper to this again while sauteing.
  • Do the same thing for the other batch of sliced chicken.
  • On a tortilla or wrap of choice, add your fixings like the sauce then layer with Jerusalem salad, pickles and the chicken shawarma. Roll the wrap tightly and press it on a grill or panini maker to get a nice crust and keep it warm.

*Another method if you do not want to bake the chicken*

Chop both breasts and thighs into cubes. Place in a ziplock bag then add all the seasonings, lemon juice, and olive oil. Mix together and keep in the fridge to marinate. Sautee in a hot nonstick skillet for about 8 minutes until fully cooked through and lightly seared. Then, give the cooked meat a rough chop and serve as you like.

Enjoy with some Jerusalem salad and garlic sauce! You can find the recipe for the garlic sauce or toum on my blog as well. You can either have this on its own or with some rice. I like to make a shawarma wrap and serve with fries!

garlic sauce

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      1. I made your chicken shawerma today and my kids loved it! The marination is very flavorful. Thank You for sharing your tasty recipes ♥️

    1. Hi Abla,
      Garlic sauce is fantastic with chicken shawarma. You can find a recipe on my blog under toum or you can purchase it at Arabic restaurants or some supermarkets do carry it.

  1. First time making chicken sharwarma and I decided to follow this recipe and it was a hit! I made this to have over yellow rice with garlic yogurt sauce on the side. Perfect combo!

  2. Dear Heifa, this was DELICIOUS!! It’s going straight into the weekly rotation. I couldn’t make the Toum, but I’ll try it with it next time. Thank you so much for sharing you knowledge with us. Love from DC❤️

  3. This is one of my go to for chicken shawarma! I did notice that this recipe calls for dried oregano, but the one in your cookbook doesn’t. Next time I make it, should I add the dried oregano or not?

  4. Made this chicken shawarma yesterday and it was so delicious! Everybody thought I ordered it from the restaurant!

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