Shawarma is a Middle Eastern sandwich made with sliced seasoned meat. This version features chicken, along with a cucumber-yogurt sauce, fresh tomato and crunchy romaine lettuce.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2012


Recipe Summary

45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium.

  • Stir cucumber, yogurt, tahini, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Combine garlic powder, curry powder, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in another medium bowl. Slice chicken breast crosswise into 1/4-inch strips; toss with the spice mixture to coat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and toss to combine.

  • Grill the chicken, turning once, until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

  • To serve, spread 1/4 cup of the cucumber-yogurt sauce on a pita (or lavash) and top with one-fourth of the chicken, tomato and lettuce. Fold like a taco (or roll closed, if using lavash). Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Nutrition Facts

376 calories; protein 31.4g; carbohydrates 34.4g; dietary fiber 5.6g; sugars 3.9g; fat 13.8g; saturated fat 2.2g; cholesterol 63.6mg; vitamin a iu 2481.9IU; vitamin c 11.4mg; folate 59.1mcg; calcium 84.5mg; iron 3.3mg; magnesium 81.4mg; potassium 601mg; sodium 606mg; thiamin 0.4mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Great Chicken Sauce needed some work These were really good. The seasoning on the chicken was fantastic. I really did not enjoy the sauce as it is written in the recipe but I was able to salvage it by adding 3 cloves of garlic and more of the plain yogurt. I also added a bit of fresh dill--it made the sauce a lot more like a true garlicy tzatziki. We also added other ingredients in the pita like onions green onion tomatoes lettuce mushrooms green pepper feta cheese cheddar cheese etc. Pros: Easy Yummy Cons: Sauce not good Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Spicy and Cool - the Perfect Sandwich Blend The chicken has a little bit of a kick from the curry but the cucumber-yogurt sauce (like tzatziki sauce) cools it off nicely. I grilled the chicken indoors on my cast-iron grill pan. The chicken only took about 7 minutes to cook. I served the chicken in pitas with the sauce spinach and chopped tomatoes. Pros: quick tasty Cons: may be too spicy for some Read More
Rating: 5 stars
GD that's a tasty Shawarma! REALLY GOOD! Reccomendations: Slice the chicken pretty thin and marinade w/ the recipe in a ziplock bag for a few hours. I added some tony chachere creole seasoning. I added Garlic and a little garlic salt to the topping. Some of the best chicken i've ever eaten! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great Flavor and Easy to Prepare These were so easy to prepare! I made the cucumber-yogurt sauce ahead using non-fat greek yogurt. I also tried to duplicate the chicken shawarma at Pita Jungle by adding a bit of plain hummus and including chopped onion chopped cucumber and diced pickle. Wonderful! Thanks for the recipe! Pros: Do Ahead Steps Flavor Easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I love Shawarmas! What sort of super griller are you using to grill only 2 min per side? Honestly!! But it was really good not dried out after we cooked our breast for about 5-7 min each side Read More