Chicken Shawarma with Yogurt Sauce


The key to cooking juicy chicken without a spit in this healthy recipe is high heat and dark meat. The yogurt in the marinade gives the chicken both its tender texture and its alluring char. More yogurt in the sauce, along with crunchy cucumbers and herbs, keeps the flavors bright.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
6 sandwiches


  • ¾ cup whole-milk plain yogurt, divided

  • 1 small yellow onion, grated

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely grated, divided

  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • ½ cup finely chopped seeded cucumber

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, cilantro and/or parsley

  • 3 whole-wheat lavash, halved

  • Lettuce leaves & sliced tomato for serving


  1. Combine 1/4 cup yogurt, onion, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves, coriander, cumin, allspice, pepper, 3/4 teaspoon salt and turmeric in a large bowl. Add chicken and rub the yogurt mixture into it. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 3 hours.

  2. Position racks in upper third and center of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  3. Arrange the chicken in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet; discard any remaining marinade. Roast on the center rack until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, about 20 minutes. Move the baking sheet to the top rack and turn the broiler to high. Broil until browned in spots, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 3 minutes. Thinly slice.

  4. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cucumber and herbs in a small bowl. Divide the chicken among lavash halves. Serve with the yogurt sauce and lettuce and tomato, if desired.

    Chicken Shawarma with Yogurt Sauce

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
10g Fat
28g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Vitamin A 152IU 3%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 14mcg 3%
Sodium 561mg 24%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 34mg 8%
Potassium 390mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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