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What is Chicken Shawarma made of?

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Still not sure What is Chicken Shawarma made of? Well, then you will know once you checked out this Chicken Shawarma recipe.

What is a Shawarma

Shawarma is a popular Middle Eastern dish consisting of meat cut into thin slices, stacked in a cone-like shape, and roasted on a slowly-turning vertical rotisserie or spit. Originally made with lamb or mutton, it is now also made of chicken, turkey, beef, or veal. Thin slices are shaved off the cooked surface as it continuously rotates. Shawarma is one of the world’s most popular street foods, especially in Egypt, the countries of the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and the rest of the Middle East.

Yield: 6 depending on size

What is Chicken Shawarma made of?

Chicken Shawarma made with yoghurt, garlic paste, braai sauce and placed in a homemade Pita bread

Chicken Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish of garlicky poultry served on pitas (Meat can also be used). This chicken version is flavored with a savory yogurt sauce. This quick and easy chicken recipe is one the whole family will love. It adds some flair to the usual, plain grilled chicken.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Proof and Marinate Time 4 hours
Bake & Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes


Pita bread

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp instant yeast

Chicken filling

  • 5 fillets
  • 2 tbsp. Aminas Tikka marinade
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup Nandos Bushveld braai sauce
  • 1 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tsp masala
  • Salt and pepper
  • Thyme


Pita bread

  1. Sift flour and then add salt and yeast
  2. Add oil and water
  3. Combine to make a soft dough
  4. Knead for 5 minutes
  5. Place in a bowl, cover with cling wrap
  6. Leave to rise for an hour
  7. Then gently punch it down
  8. Break into 6 pieces and roll into balls
  9. Cover, leave to rest for 30 minutes
  10. Roll out very gently
  11. Roll into about half a cm thickness
  12. Cook on a hot non-stick pan or Tawa

Chicken filling

  1. Marinate the fillet in the marinade, yogurt, braai sauce, garlic paste, masala, salt, pepper, and thyme.
  2. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hrs
  3. Cook in the oven at 180C for 1 hr, covered in foil
  4. Then shred the cooked chicken
  5. Mix with mayonnaise or sauce when you're filling the pita bread
  6. You can add caramelized onions as well.


Prepared, tried, and tested Jennifer Govender Bisnath from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs 

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Nutrition Information



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Amount Per Serving Calories 338Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 4mgSodium 1495mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 9g

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4 thoughts on “What is Chicken Shawarma made of?”

  1. Esme, thank you so much for this fantastic recipe! The best part about this flavorful, juicy dish is how simple it is to prepare at home. Despite this being my first attempt, I followed your instructions, and the food turned out delicious for my family. I did make one change, though: I used tahini sauce instead of yogurt. Keep sharing.

    • Hi Lucy. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. We love to get feedback and I am so happy that you and your family loved the Shawarmas and enjoyed it. The change you made also sounds awesome and a good substitute. I hope you will try out more recipes and if you feel up to it I will be immensely honoured if you are prepared to leave a rating and review on the recipe. Thanks again and hope to hear from you again.

  2. My restricted way of eating means a recipie for pitta without flour is a must, chickpea flour may work I shall see. Braai sauce I could make at home but it contains liquid smoke which I haven’t found yet. Detective Ellen is on the case. I am excited to try this.

    • Hi Ellen. Hope you will be able to make this work. Liquid smoke you will be able to get on Amazon if not at your shops. Let me know how it turned out for you. Do you have a restrictive eating due to medical conditions or weight loss


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