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Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish of garlicky meat or poultry served on pitas. This chicken version is flavored with a savory yogurt sauce. This quick and easy chicken recipe is one the whole family will love. It adds some flair to the usual, plain grilled chicken. This chicken will also make the perfect next-day lunch. 

Recipe by Cooking Light July 2008


Credit: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins
4 servings


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

  • To prepare chicken, combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss well to coat. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes.

  • To prepare sauce, combine yogurt and next 4 ingredients (through 1 garlic clove), stirring with a whisk.

  • Thread 2 chicken strips onto each of 8 (12-inch) skewers. Place kebabs on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done.

  • Place pitas on grill rack; grill 1 minute on each side or until lightly toasted. Place 1 pita on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1/4 cup lettuce and 2 tomato slices. Top each serving with 4 chicken pieces; drizzle each serving with 2 tablespoons sauce.

Chef's Notes

Serve with some garlicky, buttery naan or whole wheat pita and enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts

384 calories; calories from fat 23%; fat 9.8g; saturated fat 2.1g; mono fat 4.1g; poly fat 2.7g; protein 34.4g; carbohydrates 40g; fiber 2.5g; cholesterol 64mg; iron 4.3mg; sodium 821mg; calcium 106mg.