Chicken Shawarma



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I have been wondering why I haven’t shared this recipe before. This is my kids’ favorite of all my cooking. Is it a compliment? 😀 They both love my shawarma, especially Azza. Whenever I feel really lazy to cook, I quickly make and wrap this up for them. Shawarma is like an international favorite food, isn’t it? You get shawarma in every nook and corner in the UAE. It is not local food, but is so much loved that you can have it as chai time snack or a meal. Till lately, I was not bothered to try cooking this at home till I saw this recipe in a cookbook I have and tweaked it to our liking. The rest as they say, is history… 😀


The pita is store bought but the spicing of the chicken is done at home and gets done in a jiffy. Thankfully boneless chicken doesn’t take much time to defrost, and you don’t need to marinate the chicken much. Since you cut the chicken really small, it gets cooked so fast and you have a full meal in your hand in around 20 minutes. The best thing about this recipe is that it is totally adjustable as per your taste buds. You can use the spices to your liking, but don’t let them overpower. Most of the time, when I make them, it is never enough for them, they ask for a second serving, but since it is usually made for dinner time, I don’t give them. 😉 You can even pack into the kids’ lunch boxes too! Love rolls as these? You can also check out:

Paneer Kathi Roll

Tuna Egg Wrap

Chicken Paratha Sandwich 





Chicken Shawarma

Course Sandwich
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 300 gm chicken cut into stripes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garlic flakes
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 3 pita breads small
  • 3 tbsp tahina
  • Sprinkle of zaatar
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsely
  • Chopped lettuce leaves as required


  • Mix ingredients from black pepper to vinegar in a bowl. Add the chicken stripes and toss to coat well. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Drizzle the olive oil in a frying pan and add the chicken along with the marination. Cook the chicken till almost done.
  • Add in the chopped onion and tomato and toss well to coat in the stock. Cook till the chicken is well done and the stock is dried. Switch off and allow to cool slightly.
  • Slit the pita bread and spread one tbsp of tahina in each pita. Sprinkle some zaatar and a tbsp of parsley on top of each.
  • Divide the chicken mixture into three and spread onto the pitas. Sprinkle lettuce leaves as required.
  • Roll them tight and serve immediately with a simple salad!


You can play around the spices as per your taste.
You can replace the tahinah with zaatar or garlic mayo, as per taste.
You can even add French fries before rolling your shawarma.

Join the Conversation

  1. I love shawarma so much!!Will have it any time..????Mine is not like this..In sha ALLAH will give this a try..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shazia… would love to see your recipe… 🙂

  2. I love all the spices here…must try that marinade!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  3. One of my fav food .. Looks so delicious Rafee.. I usually pair it with French fries!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila…

  4. I love it.. used to eat often when I lived in London.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shobha…

  5. I love the addition of parsley in shawarmas .
    The marinade is different. Must give it a try.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Hiba…

  6. There was a time I used to have shawarma every week from Kabab Magic – which is a popular restuarant in Bangalore. They used to wrap the shawarma in romali roti and the size kept decreasing as the price went up. But I never stopped frequenting there! 🙂 Shift to Yanbu, I had shawarma and was like WHAT? this is shawarma? lol – It was so bland and nothing close to what I had in India and F would say, well that is India and this is original! 😀 But slowly started to love the Middle eastern way and your recipe sounds more like the ones here that I have come to love! Never thought of trying at home as it is so easily available! But now will put my heart and soul to get this done.. lol

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The Indian one is slightly spicy and laden with lots of sauces I feel… somehow I don’t like what I have eaten from back home, always prefer it from here. There is the spicy one called Mexican shawarma, which I feel is just red color than spicy. 😀 Thanks a lot Fami…

  7. Shawarma is something both kids and elders can have anytime.Thursdays or Friday evenings are mostly either Chicken BBQ or Shawarmas 🙂 Loved your home made version!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruxana… I guess it’s that way with most of the Gulf families… 🙂

  8. We had it for dinner last night… My kid also loves it minus the tomatoes and cucumber that i add in it… Your marinade is slightly different from how I make… Will try ur version next time we have it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

  9. Salam Rafeeda,

    I just made this for dinner ( my second time this week 😊, hubs loved it so much). Thank you for such easy yet tasty recipe. I never think I could make it at home until now… paired the wrap with fresh homemade fries… Delicious !!! Thanks again – Andi

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Waalaikumussalam… I am just glad that you and your family love this recipe. Sincerely appreciate for trying it and sharing your feedback… 🙂 Thank you Andi!

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