Oven Baked Chicken Shawarma with Garlic Sauce
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Oven Baked Chicken Shawarma with Garlic Sauce

Have you tried chicken shawarma yet? If not then you have been missing a treat – chicken drenched in a deliciously easy marinade, full of gorgeous Middle Eastern spices, then roasted in the oven for 30 minutes – so simple, but unbelievably good!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 274kcal
Author Eb Gargano


Oven baked Chicken Shawarma

  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 500 g chicken mini fillets / tenders
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander / cilantro for garnish

Garlic Sauce for Chicken Shawarma

  • 150 g Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 garlic clove crushed or grated
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 sprig mint (optional)


Oven baked Chicken Shawarma

  • In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients for the Chicken Shawarma, except the chicken fillets and the fresh coriander.
  • Place the chicken in the marinade and turn to coat evenly – cover the bowl with clingfilm and marinate in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours, if you have the time (if not then just carry on with the next step)
  • When you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 220C / 200C / gas mark 7 / 425F and place the chicken on a baking tray, taking care to spread it out in a single layer.
  • When the oven is hot, place the chicken in the oven and cook for 20 minutes or until cooked all the way through and starting to brown on top.
  • Remove from the oven and shred the chicken, using 2 forks. Turn the shredded chicken in the pan juices then place on a serving plate. Drizzle over any remaining pan juices and then garnish with fresh coriander.

Garlic Sauce for Chicken Shawarma

  • You can either make this sauce ahead of time, or make it about 5 minutes before the chicken is due to come out of the oven.
  • Simply mix together all the ingredients and serve! Garnish with mint, if you like.


Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 586mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1.9mg