Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Shawarma


The most delicious shawarma chicken you'll ever eat! Serve with pita bread, tomato and/or cucumber slices, tahini, or garlic sauce. Also great atop fattoush!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


  • ¼ cup plain yogurt

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, or as needed


  1. Combine yogurt, lemon juice, 1/4 cup oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, paprika, cumin, and oregano in a large glass or ceramic bowl; mix well. Add chicken and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Remove chicken from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in hot oil in batches until tender and browned, about 5 minutes per batch. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

Substitute thyme for oregano if preferred.

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 (per serving)

230 Calories
14g Fat
2g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 230
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 242mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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