Chicken shawarma

Shawarma is the most popular food of middle east. This is my way of preparing chicken shawarma at home. Chicken is marinated in few spices, either baked, oven grilled or pan grilled and cut into thin strips, placed inside the arabic bread along with veggies and tahini sauce to get the delicious shawarma at home.

I prefer to use yoghurt cream sauce instead of tahini , as my family prefers now. Thanks to food blogger Liba for this sauce recipe.

If planned ahead, then you can add this recipe to your get togethers or picnic menu. Its easy, quick and also delicious too. Do try this simple recipe and enjoy with your family and friends.

Preparation time : 30 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Serves : 8 shawarmas

Ingredients :

Arabic bread – 8 , small

Lettuce – few, thinly chopped

Tomatoes – 1 big. thinly sliced

Pickled cucumbers, jalapeños- few

Chicken- 500 gms, breast or thigh piece
For marination :

Red chilly powder – 1 teaspoon

Pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Olive oil – 2 teaspoon

Lime – 1 , juice
Yoghurt cream sauce :

Yoghurt – 1/2 cup

Fresh cream – 2 tablespoons

Garlic – 2 cloves

Salt- 1/2 teaspoon

Olive oil – 1 teaspoon

Method :

Wash and clean the chicken pieces and marinate it with all the ingredients mentioned under marination. Keep aside for minimum 30 minutes or upto overnight.

You can also marinate the chicken in baharat mix , which I have used in Chicken machboos recipe. Even this works great.

Pan grill or oven grill the marinated chicken. Cut into thin strips.

Blend all the ingredients mentioned under yoghurt cream sauce to smooth thick sauce. It can be stored in a closed container in refridgerator for 2 days.

Take the arabic bread, place lettuce, tomato, pickled cucumber and jalapeños. Keep few chicken strips on top, pour some sauce.


Roll it and serve with yoghurt cream sauce and pickled veggies as a snack or dinner.

Enjoy the chicken shawarma with your family and friends 🙂

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