Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
Prep Time
45 Mins
4 servings

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. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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! 

Ratings & Reviews

JustHaydee's Review

November 23, 2012

csaunders80's Review

July 30, 2009
Outstanding!!! Halved the curry in the chicken, sauted instead of grilled, halved the sauce but kept the garlic the same, used sour cream instead of greek yogurt (that's what I had), and used fresh whole-wheat pitas from CL. These were so tasty!

Meremaid's Review

August 15, 2010
We loved this, and thought it tasted very authentic. Great sauce! Dipping extra pita in the sauce is the way to go.

ESmith6's Review

March 31, 2012
Very tasty! I pretty much made it as written except I used FF Greek yogurt, a little extra lemon juice in the sauce and I spray the pitas with Pam and the heat them in a frying pan...the best way to heat pitas. I also added some shredded carrots to the lettuce and tomatoes. A good, easy weeknight dinner.

ayazakaria's Review

July 27, 2012

Tim964's Review

November 14, 2011
This was a good way to get some Indian flavor. Sort of like an Indian gyro. I did not have tahini, and didn't want to buy a big jar of it (only way my store had it) for 2 T, so I used about 1T of sesame oil in its place. The sauce was still great, and I may not consider buying the tahini! Cooked chicken on the george foreman and served in whole wheat tortillas.

zmichelle's Review

October 18, 2010
We make this at least 3 times a month. I have made it on a grill pan, a george foreman, and baked it- excellent all three ways. We prefer to marinate and cook the breasts whole and cut them up after cooking, which leaves them super moist. The sauce is AMAZING.

Demco87's Review

August 04, 2012
I loved these... not really family friendly as my kids didn't like them, but I am going to serve them at my Avenger's party!

carolfitz's Review

May 01, 2009
Very tasty. Made to recipe except sprinkled small amount of cayenne on chicken prior to grilling on the George Foreman. Filled pita halves to make two minis per person. Served the recommended chopped salad topped with some kalamata olives & crumbled feta cheese. Recommend.

Nic119's Review

January 05, 2014