Shawarma is a Middle Eastern sandwich made with sliced seasoned meat. This recipe for two 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 1/8 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Combine garlic powder, curry powder, pepper and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in another medium bowl. Slice chicken breast crosswise into 1/4-inch strips; toss with the spice mixture to coat. Add oil and toss to combine.

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

  • To serve, spread half the cucumber-yogurt sauce on each pita (or lavash) and top with half the chicken, tomato and lettuce. Fold like a taco (or roll closed, if using lavash).

Nutrition Facts

376 calories; protein 31.4g 63% DV; carbohydrates 34.4g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 5.6g 22% DV; sugars 3.9g; fat 13.8g 21% DV; saturated fat 2.2g 11% DV; cholesterol 63.6mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 2481.9IU 50% DV; vitamin c 11.4mg 19% DV; folate 59.1mcg 15% DV; calcium 84.5mg 8% DV; iron 3.3mg 18% DV; magnesium 81.4mg 29% DV; potassium 601mg 17% DV; sodium 606mg 24% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 41% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
My husbands new love My husband is very picky and when I showed him the recipe he turned his nose up at it. Turns out he loves it! He doesn't get excited about very many dinners but he does about this one! Pros: Delicious and healthy Cons: Tahini can be pricey Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great blend of flavors! I made the tahini myself which was a little more effort than expected but otherwise this was a pretty easy recipe. I added a little more yogurt than it called for (actually almost twice as much) but that was just personal preference. We had it on whole wheat pita pockets and it was yummy! I used less garlic powder than it called for but I wish I'd used it all because my meat could've used more kick. Overall a fun tasty recipe:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy recipe - had all basic ingredients in cupboard and was able to throw this together quickly. Added a touch of cayenne to give chicken a kick and didn't even use the pita (wasn't in my cupboard). Piled everything on top of the chicken. Yogurt sauce was well-balanced although grating the cucumber made it a bit watery - I'd probably dice it next time; wasn't a knock-out punch though. Doubled the recipe for lunch leftovers and glad I did. Overall great healthy easy meal! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great idea for a start needs more flavor Other reviewers agreed that as written this recipe lacks a wow-this-is-delicious factor but I give it a great because with a few easy changes it IS delicious and still plenty healthy. 1 - Use REAL garlic instead of powder. I added a clove of minced garlic to my chicken marinade and a clove of garlic paste (mince garlic add a touch of salt as an abrasive and scrape it all with the side of your knife until it's a paste) to my tahini dressing. 2 - To my chicken marinade I also added lemon juice (1-2T) hot sauce (1T) 1 T honey and just the tiniest bit more salt than called for. 3 - Keep your chicken breast whole when grilling (I pounded mine a little for even cooking). It will be SO much juicier and more tender if you let it rest for a couple of min after cooking and THEN slice it. 4 - Add some thinly sliced white or red onion on top along with the lettuce and tomatoes. Delicious! Pros: great mix of textures light but satisfying well-balanced Cons: As written this recipe comes out a bit bland Read More