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Easy Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Here is a super easy and exotic chicken recipe for a fast weeknight meal.  You can wrap this up in a pita too! Place chicken in a glass dish. In a small bowl mix together olive oil, Kosher salt, cumin, curry, allspice, oregano and paprika. Pour over chicken; mix well and refrigerate for about 4-6 hours.  You will love the flavors in this dish! 

Course Main dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword chicken stir fry, Lebanese food, shawarma spice blend, yogurt sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinate time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 servings
Calories 449 kcal

Ingredients

Chicken and seasonings:

Yogurt sauce:

  • 8 oz. plain yogurt paleo diet: coconut milk yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Tahini
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed

Pita and Toppings:

  • 1 onion medium, sliced thin
  • 2 Roma tomatoes sliced
  • 1 tsp za'atar
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped
  • 4-6 pita rounds paleo diet: any paleo bread

Instructions

Prepare the chicken:

  1. Cut chicken breast into thin slices. If the breasts are partially frozen, the cutting process is easier.
  2. Place chicken in a glass dish. In a small bowl mix together olive oil, Kosher salt, cumin, curry, allspice, oregano and paprika. Pour over chicken, mix well and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

  3. In a skillet on medium-high heat quickly stir fry the chicken in 1 Tbsp canola oil until golden brown. It should reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

Prepare the yogurt sauce:

  1. In a bowl mix together yogurt, lemon juice and tahini. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Prepare the onions and toppings:

  1. In a separate pan fry the onions on medium heat in 1 Tbsp canola oil until they are golden.

  2. Cut the tomato slices in half, and sprinkle with za'atar.

  3. Serve the chicken shawarma with the onions, tomato and yogurt sauce with pita rounds. Sprinkle with parsley.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use any meat, the spices will create your flavors
  • Tortilla shells work well if you don't have pita
  • If you use pita, go for thinner so it's easy to fold
  • You can serve it with a yogurt sauce for tanginess
  • Parsley will add a pop of color
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Shawarma Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 787mg34%
Potassium 796mg23%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 794IU16%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.