How to Make Chicken Shawarma- Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Chicken Shawarma

Shawarmaa is a popular middle eastern dish, prepared with some easily available ingredients to form a marvelous dish that smells and tastes exotic. Thinly sliced chicken baked in yoghurt marinade, wrapped in pita bread along with veggies and tahini sauce makes a delicious and lip-smacking meal. This ultimate chicken wrap would become the favourite of your family in no time.

Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
8 People 10-15 Minutes 20-25 Minutes


For Marination

  • 1 pound chicken thighs or breast (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tsp allspice / black pepper powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Sauce

  • 1 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Pita Filling

  • 8 pita bread rounds or 4 large pita
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped


Step 1

In a bowl, take allspice, olive oil, yogurt, garlic, cardamom powder, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well to form a paste.

Step 2

Place the chicken pieces in the paste and coat it completely. Cover with the lid and marinate for 4 hrs in refrigerator or overnight.

Step 3

Preheat grill to medium – high heat.

Step 4

To prepare sauce, combine tahini, garlic, lemon juice, yogurt, salt and pepper. Stir it with a whisk to form sauce. Set aside.

Step 5

Remove chicken from marinade and grill it for 10 minutes on each side or until it is cooked completely.

Step 6

Once the chicken is done, you can further slice it, shred it or leave it as large pieces.

Step 7

Place chicken on the pita. Place onion, cucumber, tomato slices. Sprinkle chopped parsley.

Step 8

Pour sauce over the chicken and vegetables.

Step 9

Roll the pita and shawarma is ready to serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories 342 Kcal
Proteins 24.3 g
Fat 22.1 g
Carbohydrates 13.5 g
Cholesterol 53 mg
Sodium 113 mg
Potassium  504 mg


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