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Chicken Shawarma Recipe
5 from 6 votes

Chicken Shawarma

Rika
This Chicken Shawarma recipe is absolutely delicious. It’s a very tasty Middle Eastern recipe that will make you want to make it again and again! The chicken thigh is seasoned with the perfect marinade, consisting of everyday spices and made from scratch! Yum.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Servings 6
Calories 380 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • tbsp minced garlic
  • 5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil, (for Instant Pot users only, use ½ cup of olive oil)

Shawarma Spice Seasoning Mix:

  • tbsp ground cumin
  • tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground paprika, (regular or smoked)
  • tsp ground turmeric
  • tsp ground allspice , (or use ground cardamom)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper, (use more according to your liking)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, (or use less of it if you are salt-sensitive)
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Optional:

  • 1-2 large red onion

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • ½ cup Greek whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 small cucumber, (seeded, finely grated and drained)
  • ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped dill , (or use a small pinch of dried dill)
  • salt, (to taste)
  • black pepper , (to taste)
  • Optional: ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, mix all shawarma spice seasoning ingredients until combined. Place the chicken thighs and spice into a large zip-lock bag. Massage the spice onto the chicken thoroughly.
    Transfer the chicken and spice mixture into a fridge. Marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and remove the marinated meat from the fridge.
  • Add onion onto the chicken marinade, mix well. Transfer the mixture to a large sheet pan. Spread everything across it evenly. Roast for about 30 minutes, or the meat has a nice crisp on the edge and is fully cooked.
    For a crispier meat (optional), broil the cooked chicken for 2-3 minutes. Be sure to watch it carefully, do not burn. Or slice the chicken, add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan, then sauté until crisp.
  • Tzatziki Sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together all Tzatziki sauce ingredients until combined. Serve and enjoy!

Video

Notes

If you are not a big fan of cinnamon flavor, you may reduce the amount to ½ tsp per recipe. 
For Instant Pot users: There is no need to add any water/broth into the Instant Pot. 

To Cook on the Grill:

  • Preheat the grill pan over medium heat. Dip a paper towel in a little oil, using tongs, wipe the oil evenly over the grate.
     
    Place the marinated chicken thighs, and onion onto the grill pan and cook for about 4 minutes, then turn and cook the other side for about 3-4 minutes or until the chicken thigh is fully cooked.
  • Remove from the heat and serve with pita bread or on a plate. Enjoy!

To Cook in an Instant Pot:

  • Transfer the marinated chicken with marinade sauce, and onion into the Instant Pot. Give a quick stir. Follow the manufacturer's guide for locking the lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook or manual on high for 8 minutes.
     
    After the cooking cycle finished, wait and let pressure inside the pot to come down on its own (natural release).
  • Carefully open the lid and transfer the chicken onto a plate.
  • To Crisp the Chicken:
     
    You can broil the chicken in the oven for about 2-3 minutes. Be sure to watch it carefully, do not burn.
     
    Or you can crisp the chicken on a large pan over high heat. Simply slice the chicken, add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan, then sauté until crisp.
  • Remove from the heat and serve with pita bread or on a plate. 

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 45gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 215mgSodium: 983mgPotassium: 684mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 694IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Chicken Shawarma, Shawarma
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