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Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Chicken Shawarma

Levantine Street Food
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 Wraps


Chicken & Marinade

  • 600 g Chicken breast
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp Cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Harissa
  • 1/2 tsp Cloves (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander (ground)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp Caraway seeds (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika powder (sweet)
  • 3 tbsp Yoghurt

Garlic mayonnaise (Toum) - yields approx. 500 g

  • 100 g Garlic cloves (approx. 2 tubers)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Lemon
  • 500 ml Vegetable oil

Sandwich Components

  • 4 Lebanese flat breads
  • Pickled cucumber / pickled radish (as desired)
  • Lettuce (as desired)
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • Fresh parsley (optional)



  • Peel the garlic and crush it properly in a mortar.
  • Wash and drain the chicken. Optional: Cut chicken into strips.
  • Mix all ingredients for the marinade and mix the chicken well with the marinade.
  • Marinate the chicken in the marinade overnight in the fridge. If it has to go fast, you should let it marinate for at least 2 hours.

Garlic mayonnaise

  • Peel the garlic and remove any unattractive spots.
  • Squeeze the lemon.
  • Puree the garlic and salt with a blender.
  • Add lemon and blend further. The result is a puree.
  • Slowly add 2 tablespoons of oil one after the other whilst blending.
  • Add the rest of the oil very slowly with pauses. The oil now joins the lemon juice and the garlic. The result is a mayonnaise.

Chicken Shawarma sandwich

  • Cut the vegetables into the desired shape. I recommend thin slices or chopsticks.
  • Fry the chicken in a pan or grill it on a grill.
  • Spread your desired amount of garlic mayonnaise on the flat bread.
  • Cut the chicken into strips (if not already done) and place them in the middle of the bread.
  • Cover the strips with parsley, tomato, salad and sour cucumber / radish.
  • Roll The pita bread to a sandwich.
  • Enjoy your meal 🙂
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