This is a flavorful chicken dish, which I first tasted at a little Lebanese restaurant. While normally shawarma is sliced off a rotisserie, it can be made at home with just a few changes. Be warned, it takes a day of prep time. For lunch, serve as a sandwich in warmed flatbread with cucumber sauce, sliced onion, and seeded tomato. For dinner, serve with rice and lentils (for a treat, look up mujadarrah on this site).

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, tomato paste, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl. Mix in chicken strips. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to marinate, 8 hours to overnight.

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  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Remove chicken from the bowl and arrange in a single layer on a broiling pan. Discard excess marinade.

  • Broil chicken, turning once, until juices run clear, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

365 calories; protein 51g; carbohydrates 7.9g; fat 13.4g; cholesterol 132.9mg; sodium 479.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2017
I wasn't sure what to expect because we had never had Shawarma before but this was very tasty! I ended up working late so the chicken marinated about 13 hours. It was very tender and the different flavors worked well together. I am not sure what shawarma is supposed to taste like but we liked this recipe. I served on mediterranean pita bread with tomatoes lettuce cucumber red onion feta and a lemon yogurt sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/15/2019
Made the recipe as is. Was not pleased with the result. Chicken was dry covered in a pasty sour tasting coating. I won t make it again. Read More
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2017
I wasn't sure what to expect because we had never had Shawarma before but this was very tasty! I ended up working late so the chicken marinated about 13 hours. It was very tender and the different flavors worked well together. I am not sure what shawarma is supposed to taste like but we liked this recipe. I served on mediterranean pita bread with tomatoes lettuce cucumber red onion feta and a lemon yogurt sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2019
Loved it!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2019
This recipe is fabulous with intense flavor. I'd like to try it on the grill. I used fresh ground coriander since my ground coriander was old and lost its flavor, and a little extra garlic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2017
Very good!!! I also made rice with turmeric seasoning. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/14/2019
Made the recipe as is. Was not pleased with the result. Chicken was dry covered in a pasty sour tasting coating. I won t make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2021
Tasted just like late night shawarmas after a few hours at the bar. We put it in a pita with lettuce, tomato, onion, and hot peppers, and a healthy amount of toum and it brought me right back to the Byward Market at 3:00 AM. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2018
Great combination but the chicken was a bit dry. Second day we had leftovers for lunch and I added Tsatziki and Humous.. was REALLY good! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/20/2019
I made the recipe today. Followed instructions. Was disappointed. Flavors were good but marinating in yogurt left a paste on the chicken which neither my husband nor I cared for. It made the chicken seem mushy. Won't make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2018
We ve made this s few times. Easy and very favourable. Chicken always turns out tender. Read More
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