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April 4, 2014

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

Lebanese Chicken Shawarmas ~ Absolutely a taste sensation which you can not miss ! Delicious #MarinadeSauce recipe included ! #Shawarma #ChickenShawarma

We have a rather large indoors flea market close to us. I always stop at the one vendor to order a Shawarma , where the meat is roasted the correct way. We have not been to the market in some time and I was craving for a Lebanese Chicken Shawarma in a huge way.

By correct way I mean, huge pieces of meat {lamb and beef mostly} which is threaded onto a rotating spit and roasted. When you place your order the guy would then shave off some meat and you can choose from a variety of cooked and raw, vegetables to add to either a Pita or a Tortilla.

Lebanese Chicken Shawarmas ~ Absolutely a taste sensation which you can not miss ! Delicious #MarinadeSauce recipe included ! #Shawarma #ChickenShawarma
The recipe I am sharing today is based on how I would normally order mine from the vendor, with the exception that I usually order a lamb Shawarma and not Chicken.

I also had to do a bit of guessing and some internet research on how to get the flavor of the meat right. If I had decided on lamb, I would have marinated the meat longer and used our rotating spit on our BBQ outside.

But seeing as I am addicted to quick and easy recipes, I improvised a little and this is what I have come up with - one very, very tasty Shawarma indeed !


6 Shawarmas



1 cup Plain Yoghurt
1/4 cup White Vinegar
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1 t Garlic, crushed
1 t Pepper
1/2 t Salt

750g Chicken Fillets, cut into smaller pieces
2 TB Olive Oil, divided
1 Onion, sliced thinly
2 Small Eggplants {Brinjals}, washed and cut lengthwise into thin strips
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, sliced into strips
2 Tomatoes, chopped
1 cup English Cucumber, chopped
Tahini Sauce, to taste
6 Pitas


1.) Mix together all the Marinade ingredients.
2.) Place the Chicken in a marinate container and pour over the Marinade - marinate for at least an hour, turning over halfway through.
3.) Meanwhile, place the Eggplant Strips on a plate and sprinkle generously with Salt - leave for an hour, pat with a paper towel until most of the water is soaked up.
4.) Heat 1 TB Olive Oil in a medium sized pan - cook the Chicken, with the marinade, until done - let rest for 5 minutes - shred finely.
5.) In a separate pan, heat the remaining 1 TB Olive Oil - saute the Onion until soft - remove and using the same pan, fry the Eggplant strips until blackened but not crispy - remove and keep aside with the Onions.
6.) You can saute the Yellow Bell Pepper as well {in the same pan}, or leave it raw - I choose to saute the Pepper strips for only a minute or two.
7.) Place the vegetables on a serving plate as per the 2nd photo, the Chicken in a separate bowl.
8.) Warm the Pitas as per the packet's instructions and make a slit.

Everyone can now choose their own fillings to fill the Pitas and add some Tahini Sauce to the center, walls of the Pita and/or top of the fillings in the Pitas.

I am totally hooked to Tahini Sauce, so I add it to almost every scoop of filling that goes into the Shawarma ;-)

NOTE: This marinade has since become my number one marinade for chicken, lamb and even fish !



  1. Oh my goodness this sounds amazing. I know exactly the flavor you're trying to capture and since I no longer live near Toronto where I got the best ever, I'll need to try your recipe. Yum!

    I'd love it if you'd link up your recipe to our Project Inspire{d} link party Monday night beginning at 8 ET -

  2. I remember eating shawarma's in the 70's! Fab recipe - if you had time you could add it to FoF: Middle Eastern. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  3. G'day! LOVE Shawarmas!
    Viewed as part of Anyonita's Tasty Tuesday Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  4. My mouth is watering I love Lebanese food. I have a friend who is Lebanese her mums cooking literally had my mouth watering from the minute I walked in the door.

  5. We will just love your Lebanse Chicken Shawarma, it looks fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today, it is great to have you at the party. Hope you have a very special week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Chicken Shawarma is one of my most favorite things to order at our favorite Greek & Lebanese restaurant. I have never, ever attempted it at home. Can't wait to try this, Linda!

  7. This looks so good! I will be featuring you Tuesday on my blog at the relaunch of Tasty Tuesday! Please stop by and grab a featured button to show off. :o)


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