Chicken Shawarma Wrap with Garlic or Yogurt Sauce

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Foods are often named after a special ingredient or process. Such is the case with Chicken Shawarma, which was first created in Turkey during the 18th or 19th century. But for full disclosure: This is not technically the real shawarma. I know, I know.. the real shawarma is slow-roasted on a cone but I swear this is really good & flavorful.

Chicken Shawarma

#ChickenShawarma #Shawarma -This Chicken Shawarma is so tender, smokey and flavorful. Marinated in spices and roasted to perfection. Wrapped in a warm flatbread and top with garlic sauce or yogurt sauce, and crispy lettuce.

The Turkish called the dish ‘doner kebab’, which described the process of rotating grilled meat. The popularity of the tasty dish resulted in its introduction to Greece.

It became known by the Greek word for turn, ‘gyros’. The Arabic word for turning, ‘shawarma’, became its description as it made its way throughout the Middle East.

Regardless of which name it’s called, this delicious method of preparing chicken or other types of meat results in a delightful dish your family will ask for frequently.

Chicken Shawarma

It’s all about the marinade! The fragrant aroma that wafts through the house and neighborhood while the shawarma is cooking results from a variety of ingredients.

The minute I tasted the cooked chicken, I started thinking of the big difference the meat would make to many of my favorite recipes.

A tasty topping of thinly sliced chicken strips on top of a green or macaroni salad or a quick protein pick-me-up snack during the day quickly became another reason for making shawarma several times a month – or more!

Chicken Shawarma

This shawarma recipe is easy to prepare. Invite the kids to help by measuring out and adding a few of the special spices. It’s an opportunity for them to smell the different fragrances of cardamom, coriander, and cumin.

The three ground spices look similar in color and texture. What a great learning experience as they discover how the sense of smell helps identify different ingredients.

Chicken is inexpensive when compared to other meats. I like to buy the better pieces, remove the skin, and slice the meat so the marinade is easier to absorb.

Chicken Shawarma

Like any recipe, remove or exchange ingredients that cause food allergies in the people eating the dish. Sometimes I use lime juice instead of lemon to ease the tartness of the marinade.

My family prefers the less fatty pieces of chicken this recipe delivers. A sandwich, topping, or wrap provides savory Mediterranean goodness to be enjoyed for special occasions and daily meals.


Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Your rating: 5
9 ratings
Category: entree, dinner
Cuisine: Middle East, Mediterranean

This Chicken Shawarma is so tender, smokey and flavorful. Marinated in spices and roasted to perfection. Wrapped in a warm flatbread and top with garlic sauce or yogurt sauce, and crispy lettuce.

Chicken Shawarma


20 minutes
317.05 kcal
    Chicken Marinade:
  1. 6 boneless chicken thighs fillets
  2. 1 tsp chili powder (reduce the amount if you want less spicy)
  3. 1 tbsp cardamom powder
  4. 1 tbsp cumin powder
  5. 1 tbsp coriander powder
  6. 1 tsp turmeric powder
  7. 1/2 tbsp ginger paste
  8. 1/2 tbsp garlic paste
  9. 1 tbsp tandoori powder (or smoked paprika powder)
  10. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  11. 2 tbsp oil
  12. 2 tbsp yogurt
  13. 1 tsp salt
    Garlic Sauce: (1st Option )
  1. 1 large potato
  2. 2 cloves of garlic (use less or more depending on your preference)
  3. 2-3 tbsp mayonnaise
  4. 2 tbsp yogurt
  5. 1 tbsp heavy cream
  6. 1/2 tsp tahini sauce (*optional - recipe below)
  7. 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
  8. 2 tbsp olive oil or melted butter
  9. 1/2 tsp red chili powder (*optional…if you want a bit spicy)
  10. pinch of salt
  11. Sugar according to your sweetness
    Yogurt Sauce: (2nd Option)
  1. 1 cup Greek yogurt
  2. 1 clove garlic , crushed
  3. 1 tsp cumin
  4. Squeeze of lemon juice
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
    To Serve
  1. Flatbreads (Naan or Pita bread )
  2. Sliced lettuce
  3. Tomato slices
  4. Sliced Pickled Onion
  5. Pickled Jalapeno and Carrots (*optional)


10 minutes
10 minutes
Ready in
20 minutes
    For Chicken:
  1. Marinate the chicken using the marinade ingredients in a ziploc bag preferably overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  2. Grill until tender. You can dab a bit of oil on the pieces as they grill. Do not over-cook them, they should be ready within 10-15 minutes.
  3. Make sure you turn the chicken several times if you’re grilling on a bbq grill to ensure all sides are evenly cooked and slightly charred.
  4. If baking under an oven grill, set the temperature at 200 C, bake for 10 minutes per side or until slightly charred.
    For Garlic Sauce:
  1. Boil the potato with 2 cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt until potato is tender. Drain the water.
  2. Add all the ingredients for garlic sauce into a blender including the boiled potato and garlic. Blend until completely smooth.
  3. The sauce will be somewhat sticky and thick. Add sugar and adjust according to your taste.
  4. Tastes better the following day, so can be made a day in advance and keeps well for up to a week in the fridge.
    Tahini Paste (*This is optional)
  1. Roast about a quarter cup of sesame seeds, take them out when they just start releasing a bit of oil but before they turn brown.
  2. Then let them cool for some minutes and then put them in your processor/blender and grind them with a bit of olive oil until you achieve a smooth paste.
  3. Place in an airtight container and store any leftover in the fridge for up to 4 weeks, or freeze for slightly longer.
    For Yogurt Sauce:
  1. Just mix the above ingredients and set aside.
    To Serve:
  1. Slice the chicken and arrange alongside with the flatbreads, salad and the garlic sauce or yogurt sauce.
  2. Get a piece of Naan or any flatbread and smear with garlic sauce (or yogurt sauce).
  3. Top with lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, pickled jalapeno & carrots and chicken shawarma. Roll it up and devour.

Nutrition information

Calories per serving: 317.05 kcal
Fat per serving: 22.3 g
Saturated fat per serving: 5.52 g
Carbs per serving: 13.67 g
Protein per serving: 16.05 g
Fiber per serving: 1.76 g
Sugar per serving: 3.62 g
Sodium per serving: 378.43 mg
Trans fat per serving: 0.07 g
Cholesterol per serving: 79.72 mg
Nutrition label for Chicken Shawarma

25 thoughts on “Chicken Shawarma Wrap with Garlic or Yogurt Sauce”

  1. I’m sold using this garlic sauce.. I cant wait to try this recipe tomorrow.. for sure, my family would love it. Yay!!

    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. This looks like the shawarma in our neighborhood. I would love to take a bite and I will create the garlic sauce – checking the ingredients, I cant wait to nimble them.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. My family loves Shawarma… this recipe is so simple and I like that you posted 2 options for the sauce. I may try the garlic sauce.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. I love a great wrap….and this sure is. What a great recipe to make this dish at home. Perfect for lunch or dinner and day of the week.

  5. Your chicken shawarma is looking amazing! This is one of my all time favorite recipe and I used to devour these once a week. So glad I have found your recipe and recreate it at home

    Rating: 5 / 5

  6. What a flavorful and delicious looking shawarma recipe this is. Love all the spices in the marinade and that cardamom sounds amazing. Great in sandwich and those sauces sounds so yummy.

  7. I love chicken shawarma very much, especially with tahina sauce. This sounds so incredible. Love the flavors in the shawarma seasoning. Saving this for later.

  8. Oh yes. This looks sooo tasty. It’s perfect for my lunchbox for next week. The sauces and spices combo sounds heavenly.

  9. There is something about a sandwich wrapped in soft pita or naan that gets me every time. These look absolutely delicious!

  10. There’s a restaurant that has a food truck at one of our farmers markets that serves the most amazing chicken shawarma — it looks just like this one! Cannot wait to try your recipe!

  11. My husband would love this garlic sauce, checking the ingredients so I can grab them when I have to swing to the market later. Yummy!!

    Rating: 5 / 5

  12. Yes, please.. I tried the garlic sauce and the shawarma tastes awesome.. It’s worth a try than the regular yogurt sauce.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  13. These are bringing back happy memories of our travels round Greece. That sauce sounds amazing.

  14. This is one of my favorite finger foods.. we always make this when we’re having some friends gatherings and it’s always a crowd pleaser.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  15. Bernice Ayers

    I cant wait to try this garlic sauce, looks authentic to me instead of just adding the yogurt sauce. Thanks for sharing.

    Rating: 5 / 5

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