Dec 30, 2014

Healthy Chicken Shawarma Recipe

I have tasted shawarma quite a few times here in restaurants. All the time it tasted like they have mixed chicken and veggies in mayo and rolled up in a pita bread. But i have tasted shawarma in a bakery here, they grill chicken right in the skewer in front of us, shred it up and stuff it in pita and serve, it was delicious. 

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Many of my viewers asked me to share shawarma recipe, i browsed it and came across quite a few recipes. I found them having few ingredients which i didn't have on hand. So i thought of using my knowledge and make a healthy shawarma. This recipe is just chicken marinated in few spices and then sauted in a pan, I used a low fat yogurt garlic sauce and whole wheat pita bread. I will surely share the authentic version very soon.

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turned out for you.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Marinating Time : 1 hour
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Makes : 4 shawarma


For Marinating:
Chicken - 500 grams Boneless thinly sliced
Thick Curd / Yogurt - 4 tblspn (RECIPE HERE)
Lemon Juice - 1 tblspn
Cinnamon Powder / Pattai Podi - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tblspn
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 1 tblspn
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn or to taste
Black Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
Garlic - 6 cloves chopped finely
Oregano - 1 tblspn
Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp
Dry Ginger Powder / Chukku Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Olive Oil - 2 tblspn

For Yogurt Garlic Sauce:
Hung Curd / Greek Yogurt - 1 cup (RECIPE HERE)
Garlic - 10 cloves minced
Lemon Juice - 1 tblspn or to taste
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste

Other Ingredients:
Whole Wheat Pita Bread - 4 (RECIPE HERE)
Lettuce - 2 cup sliced thinly
Onion - 1 large sliced thinly
Tomato - 1 large deseeded and sliced thinly


Mix all the ingredients given for marinating chicken and leave it to marinate for 1 hour. Mix all the ingredients for sauce and mix well, keep this in fridge for 1 hour as well.

Now heat olive oil in a pan, add in the chicken and saute and cook this. Let the chicken get some colour as well. Remove this to a bowl.

Take a pita bread, spread some sauce, and spoon some chicken, top with lettuce, onion, tomato and some more sauce. Place this in foil and roll this really well.

Cut in half and serve.

Take all your ingredients

There are the ingredients for marinating chicken

Slice up your chicken

add in some minced garlic

and the spice powders

add in some thick yogurt

squeeze in some lemon juice

mix well..Leave this to marinate for 1 hour

Take hung yogurt in a bowl,i used plain curd

add in garlic in a garlic press, you can grate it too..

mince it up

add it in yogurt

Add in some lemon juice

season with some salt and pepper

mix well and put this in fridge for 1 hour
 till the chicken is marinating

Heat some olive oil in a pan

add chicken in

keep sauteing this till the chicken is cooked

i kept on mixing it up

now the chicken is cooked..I let it get some 
nice golden colour as well

remove it to a bowl

Now time to assemble..Take a whole wheat pita bread, 

Take some of the thick yogurt sauce

spread it out evenly over the pita

spoon some chicken filling in

top with some sliced lettuce

some sliced onions

and some sliced tomatoes

I then transfered it to a foil paper

Spoon generous amount of the sauce

roll it tightly

cut in half

serve immediately..


  1. Looks yumm Aarthi....Thanks for recipe...

  2. Looks absolutely delicious!
    Happy New Year to you. Catherine

  3. Hi Aarthi, I want to try this. Can we use Chappathi instead of pita bread?


  4. wow looks very tempting arthi,will try it today itself,i have been waiting for this recipie for a long time...thanks a lot

  5. Mujhe malpua sikhna hai

  6. Superb recipe aarthi..can u pls tell me any alternate for oregano..

  7. Sis your non veg recipes are awesome
    Www.Diya kitchen. com

  8. is hung curd mandatory..can i use normal home made curd


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