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Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma with all the trimmings is an absolute must try ! Delicious Yogurt based Chicken Marinade recipe included !

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

We have a rather large indoors flea market close to us. I always stop at the one vendor to order a Shawarma.

This is where the meat is roasted the correct method. 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 method 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.  You can then choose from a variety of cooked and raw, vegetables to add to either a Pita or a Tortilla.

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

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 !

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

You will notice that the slits I made in the pita bread is quite big. This is only to show you most of what is going on in the inside !

Make the slits as big (or small) as you feel comfortable working with.

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

How do I serve the Pita bread and other ingredients ?

I usually place all the ingredients in my warm buffet-style warmer (3 compartments) with the hummus, cucumber/tomato and sauce on the side.

Everyone can now choose their own fillings to fill the Pitas !

The marinade has since become one of my favorites for chicken, lamb and it is even good with fish.

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Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

Yield: 6 Servings

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

With all the trimmings this Lebanese Chicken Shawarma recipe is an absolute must try ! Delicious Yogurt based Chicken Marinade recipe included !

Prep Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes



  • 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
  • 675 grams g Chicken Fillets, cut into smaller pieces ( 1 1/2 pounds )


  • 2 TB Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 Small Eggplants, 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
  • 12 TB Hummus, or to taste
  • 6 Pita Breads


  1. Marinade: Combine all the Marinade ingredients in a small bowl
  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 or cut into small cubes
  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. Arrange the vegetables and chicken on a serving plate or a buffet-style warmer and the Tahini sauce on the side
  8. Warm the Pitas as per the packet’s instructions and make a slit - spread generously with Hummus on the inside and start filling !

Nutrition Information


6 Servings

Serving Size

1 Shawarma

Amount Per Serving Calories 552Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 98mgSodium 748mgCarbohydrates 58gFiber 8gSugar 10gProtein 47g

Nutrition value is not always accurate

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Charlie PickledOkra

Tuesday 22nd of April 2014

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)

Michelle Meche

Sunday 13th of April 2014

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!

Miz Helen

Saturday 12th of April 2014

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

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion

Tuesday 8th of April 2014

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.


Tuesday 8th of April 2014

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

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