Shawarma recipe

Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish that’s popular all around the world. It’s typically made with marinated meat that’s roasted on a spit and then sliced thin, and served with various vegetables, sauces, and toppings. Here’s a recipe for making chicken shawarma at home:


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Pita bread, for serving
  • Toppings such as lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pickles, tahini sauce, or hot sauce, as desired.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, cumin, paprika, turmeric, coriander, cayenne, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Add the sliced chicken to the bowl and toss until well coated in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C). Spread the sliced onion on a large baking sheet and toss with 1 tablespoon of the marinade. Roast for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and tender.
  4. Remove the onion from the oven and push it to the side of the baking sheet. Add the marinated chicken in a single layer and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through and slightly charred.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing into thin strips.
  6. To assemble the shawarma, warm the pita bread in the oven or on a grill. Spread a layer of tahini sauce on the inside of the pita, then add the sliced chicken, roasted onions, and any other toppings you like.
  7. Roll up the pita tightly around the filling and enjoy your delicious homemade shawarma!

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