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Chicken Shawarma

This homestyle shawarma makes easy work of a meal that traditionally takes all day slow roasting. Marinating the chicken in Greek yogurt and warm spices to ensure it’s flavorful and juicy — never dry!

Serving Size:1 wrap
Prep time:30 minutes + marinade time
Cook time:10 minutes
Total time:40 minutes + marinade time


Shawarma-Spiced Chicken

  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 pound chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Cucumber Tomato Salad

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup parsley, coarsely minced
  • 1½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt

Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

  • 1 cucumber or 1/2 European cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 cup nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill, chopped fine or 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2–3 Tablespoons of lemon juice (or the juice from 1 lemon)
  • Pinch of salt

To Serve

  • 4 whole-wheat flatbreads
  • 4 cups mixed greens


For Chicken

  1. Stir together spices, salt, and yogurt.
  2. Place thinly sliced chicken and spice-yogurt mixture in a gallon-size freezer bag.
  3. Seal the bag and massage marinade into the chicken.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
  5. To cook, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add chicken and cook for 8–10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

For Cucumber Tomato Salad

  1. Toss all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

For Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

  1. Peel and seed the cucumber.
    • Removing the seeds is important so your sauce is not watery.
  2. Grate the cucumber using the medium or large size on a box grater. Or you can also grate using a food processor.
  3. Mix all remaining ingredients. Start with 1/2 teaspoon salt and adjust if needed.
  4. Store in an airtight container.

To Serve

  1. Layer greens, cucumber tomato salad, and chicken on a flatbread.
  2. Top with sauce.
  3. Roll up and serve.
Label- Chicken Shawarma
Nutrition information based on recipe made with a whole wheat wrap and 1/4 of the chicken, salad, and sauce.