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Easy Grilled Chicken Shawarma in a skillet skillet

Easy Grilled Chicken Shawarma

This Easy Grilled Chicken Shawarma is perfectly spiced, tender and so flavorful! Simple to throw together, a perfect dish to serve any night of the week. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword chicken, dinner, easy, shawarma
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
marinating time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 237kcal


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves or cinnamon, (optional) (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (see notes)
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (see notes)

To Serve:


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil and yogurt.
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  • Add turmeric, paprika, cumin, garlic, coriander, salt, and black pepper; mix to combine.
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  • Add the chicken and toss to coat well. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
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  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • Remove chicken from the marinade and shake off any excess; discard yogurt mixture.
  • Spray the chicken with a little oil, then grill the chicken for 6-10 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
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  • Allow the chicken to rest 10 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, if desired, and serve.
  • To serve, open pita pockets up. Spread a little sauce of your choice inside, add chicken shawarma, greens, tomatoes, if desired. Serve immediately.
  • Other serving options: cubed cucumbers, sliced olives, chopped parsley, crumbled feta, and fried or roasted eggplant.


GROUND CLOVES: Traditional shawarma recipes have ground cloves or cinnamon. I don't add it because my family doesn't like the taste, but if you like exotic flavors don't think twice and add a ¼ - ½ teaspoon of ground cloves to the marinade.
PEPPER: You can substitute black pepper for cayenne pepper, or even red pepper flakes, to make it a little bit spicy.
CHICKEN: This time I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but this recipe turns our fabulous with boneless chicken thighs or legs. Use whatever you and your family enjoy more.
STORE: leftover chicken shawarma will remain good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
How do you know when the chicken is done? The chicken is done when the juices run clear.  To be sure, check with a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165º F.
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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 919mg | Potassium: 518mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg