Chicken Shawarma

Super Easy Chicken Shawarma. A Mediterranean inspired dish loaded with tons of spices and baked until golden brown!

Easy Chicken Shawarma |


Making Chicken Shawarma at home is a lot easier to make than you may think. All you need is a couple minutes of prep time. It all starts with an awesome marinade! A blend of olive oil, lemon juice and lots of spices. The chicken can be marinated overnight or for at least an hour. Once the chicken has marinated I preheat the oven to 425 degrees. A hot oven helps to crisp up the chicken and makes it perfectly golden brown. The last minute of cooking you can turn on the broiler to get some extra crispness and browning.

Serve this chicken in a warm pita with Garlic Sauce, tomatoes, lettuce and onions! Or serve over rice or a salad.

Chicken Shawarma |

Chicken Shawarma

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Super Easy Chicken Shawarma. A Mediterranean inspired dish loaded with tons of spices and baked until golden brown!


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley for serving if desired


  1. Add chicken to a large ziplock bag along with all of the ingredients except the chopped fresh parsley.
  2. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. When you are ready to cook preheat oven to 425 F degrees.
  4. Place chicken in a greased baking dish and bake until golden brown and cooked through. (Mine took about 15 minutes because the chicken was on the thinner side).
  5. In the last minute or two of cooking switch the oven to Broil. Cook chicken for 1-2 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow the chicken to rest for a couple of minutes before slicing.
  7. Top with chopped fresh parsley if desired.
  8. Serve the chicken in a pita or on top of a salad or over rice!




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  • Michelle Grimes

    Unbelievably delicious!!

    So glad I doubled the recipe. I couldn’t find turmeric and followed the recipe exactly except for that. This was a UT.

    • Nathan

      Hi Michelle,

      I’m so glad you liked it!

      Thank you for trying it, and for commenting!


  • Paig

    One of my favorite recipes. I’m already planning on making it again soon. So effortless and delicious.

    • Nathan

      Hi Paige,

      Thank you so much for trying it! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!
      Have a great day!