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Sliced chicken shawarma garnished with parsley and lemon.

Chicken Shawarma

This chicken shawarma is tender chicken thighs coated in a flavorful marinade, then grilled or roasted to golden brown perfection. Slice the chicken and serve it with flatbread for a hearty and delicious meal.
Course Main
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 303kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Flatbread, tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber for serving
  • Yogurt or tahini sauce for serving Refer to the post text for the recipes


  • Place the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, black pepper, cumin, coriander, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, turmeric and cinnamon in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the chicken to the bowl and spoon the marinade over the top.
  • Marinate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  • Grilling Instructions: Preheat a grill or indoor grill pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken. Grill for 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  • Baking Instructions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the chicken thighs on a sheet pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Slice the chicken. If you'd like, you can heat an additional tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat in a large pan, and add the sliced chicken to crisp it up.
  • Serve the chicken with sauce, flatbread, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber.



Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 712mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg