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!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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

  • 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

230 calories; protein 24.2g; carbohydrates 2.1g; fat 13.5g; cholesterol 65.1mg; sodium 353.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2019
I've never had chicken shawarma, so I really don't have anything to compare this to, but we liked it! You definitely need some kind of sauce to serve this with though, or it will be quite dry. I made a quick sauce with plain yogurt, tahini, garlic, a bit of lemon juice and some chopped herbs, salt & pepper. We served this, sandwich style, with pita bread, sliced cucumber, tomato, red onion and the sauce. Really similar to a gyros, but with chicken. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2019
I've never had chicken shawarma, so I really don't have anything to compare this to, but we liked it! You definitely need some kind of sauce to serve this with though, or it will be quite dry. I made a quick sauce with plain yogurt, tahini, garlic, a bit of lemon juice and some chopped herbs, salt & pepper. We served this, sandwich style, with pita bread, sliced cucumber, tomato, red onion and the sauce. Really similar to a gyros, but with chicken. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2019
We enjoyed this chicken with fresh tzatziki sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2020
We have been looking for a yogurt based shwarma recipe for some time now, and this one is the winner. We followed the recipe as written, but only left it in the marinade for 6 hours, and even that was almost too much due to the thinness of the chicken. Next time we'll marinate for 4-5 hours, and already looking forward to making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2019
Very delicious and easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2020
This was a really good marinade. I marinated the chicken overnight which I would recommend otherwise I don't think the flavors would come through as well. I cubed the chicken, put it on a skewer with some onions and peppers and grilled it. It was delicious. I would recommend having a sauce to go with it. I made Tzatziki Sauce and that worked real well with the chicken. As long as I can marinade the chicken overnight, I will continue to use this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2020
so good. best recipe for this dish! only thing I did different was only added half of the vinegar. my husband is from Kosovo and this is his favorite dish! thank u Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2020
Great recipe served with pita, hummus and a chickpea salad. My kids loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2020
This recipe is spot on. Make it exactly as is. Tastes just like our favorite local Lebanese restaurant shawarma. My kids loved it, thank you!! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/08/2020
It was easy to make, but I didn’t really like it. Not inedible but very underwhelming. If I weren’t doing Keto, I’d save it by putting it on pita with cucumber, tomatoes, and tzatziki or garlic sauce. However that’s not an option for me right now. I wouldn’t make it again. Read More