Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2012

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 cup shredded English cucumber
  • ¼ cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 6-inch whole-wheat pita breads or lavash
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce


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  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Stir cucumber, yogurt, tahini, lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine garlic powder, curry powder, pepper and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in another medium bowl. Slice chicken breast crosswise into ¼-inch strips; toss with the spice mixture to coat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and toss to combine.
  4. Grill the chicken, turning once, until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
  5. To serve, spread ¼ 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 information

  • Per serving: 376 calories; 14 g fat(2 g sat); 6 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 59 mcg folate; 64 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,482 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 84 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 606 mg sodium; 601 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (50% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 2 fat

Reviews 5

January 31, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
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!
March 24, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
March 10, 2013
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By: Karen Wosnitzer Bradbury
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
February 06, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
May 07, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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
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