Chicken Shawarma Recipe 1

I am not going to lie, this Chicken Shawarma Recipe is going to become a firm family favourite. I would go as far as saying it will lock your socks off. This is my eldest’s sons favourite chicken kebab recipe in the world and you know what all it takes is some store cupboard spices.

Chicken Shawarma

This recipe for Chicken Shawarma will totally become one of your go-to meals. It is a brilliant addition to our fakeaway Doner Kebab. You will never need to go to a kebab shop for a takeaway again.

Recipe for Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma kebab

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Chicken Shawarma Wraps

Chicken Shawarma kebab

When I was younger I used to do the accounts for a friends pizza shop and when she was unwell I stepped in and worked for a couple of evenings a week in the shop. That is where I discovered Shawarma and my love for it. One of the world’s most popular street foods, it was originally made with lamb, but is also made with chicken, turkey or beef, personally, we love chicken and my kids love it served with fries and in pittas spread with some tahini sauce or Tzatziki sauce with a garlic dipping sauce (made with plain Greek yoghurt, lemon, grated garlic, and salt, whisked together).

Ideally, you would want to make this with skinned and boned chicken thighs, however, it is so adaptable it works with mini fillets or even chicken breast and there is nothing stopping you from coating a whole chicken in the marinade.

I am going to give you instructions for cooking these in the oven but for a true Chicken Shawarma, you can grill it over coals, so perfect for a summer BBQ. If you are looking to cut costs another healthy alternative is a slow cooker chicken doner recipe.

People always think that this recipe is really hard work, but it is soooooooo easy. Make sure you make more than you think you need as it is brilliant for leftovers.

Chicken Shawarma

Course fakeaway, Main, Main Course
Keyword chicken, Fakeaway, kebab
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 750 g boneless skinless chicken thighs halved


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C.
  2. For the shawarma marinade, mix together the cornflour, salt, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, cloves, cayenne and cinnamon. I tend to use cumin and coriander seeds and whole cloves and then pound in a pestle and mortar.

  3. Put the oil into a bowl, then add the chicken and stir it around. Add the dry spice mix and stir to coat all the chicken pieces well. Allow to marinade for at least an hour.
  4. Layer the chicjken in a roasting tin and cook for 35 to 40 minutes

  5. When the shawarma is ready, leave it in the tin for 10 minutes so that all the juices can go back into the chicken.
  6. Tip it out of the roasting tin and slice your shawarma. We like to eat this piled into pitta breads or flat breads with salad and garlic sauce.

  7. Any leftovers can be kept in the fridge, or frozen. Plus you can mix up extra coating and keep fin a jar for next time.

Recipe Notes

If using chicken breasts, then butterfly the breasts and give them a light bash with a rolling pin. 


Tip – I use a ziplock style bag for the marinade and then place all the chicken inside and give it a good shake, that way you can pop in the fridge until you need it.  You can also freeze it at this point too. 

If you want to make sure you have the authentic Chicken Shawarma experience then it is essential that you use good quality ingredients such as olive oil, salad (fresh tomatoes, red onion, lettuce and cucumber dressed with black pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice) in your wraps or pita breads