Make chicken shawarma, the Israeli street food favorite at home!

Alongside falafel, shawarma is the most popular Israeli street food there is! Little pieces of juicy meat or chicken inside a warm pitta with Israeli salads and dips. Now you can make it at home!
Wherever you go in Israel, like falafel, you will most likely encounter a shawarma stall! Behind the server is a huge tower of juicy meat slowly turning on a vertical spit alongside a dizzying array of salads, dips, and spreads ready to be served inside a fresh, warm pitta bread or a wrap called laffa.You can often find different varieties of shawarma, some made with veal, others with beef and chicken or turkey. When you place your order, the server will either slit open the pitta, creating a pocket or lay flat the laffa. You then choose your spreads, like hummus, tahini, Israeli salad, pickles, and all the other yummy options, and they shave off a generous quantity of meat from the shawarma and place it on top. Then it's time for the sauces! Drizzly tahini and mango pickle amba are the classics, and it's then all wrapped up and ready to eat! Don't forget your napkins because it will drip as soon as you take a bite!
Shawarma is a popular street food in Israel and across the entire Middle East. Although it began as a common, cheap street food, today, you will find upscale bars and restaurants selling premium and fancy versions of shawarma. Vegetarians and vegans can now enjoy it as the culinary visionaries have created shawarma made of cauliflower and other options that are just as delicious as the meat options! And with our recipe, you can have some delicious chicken shawarma on the table without spending hours slow-roasting a ton of meat!

Homemade Israeli-style chicken shawarma

Shawarma Marinade:

1 tbsp Cumin
1 tbsp Tumeric
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
3/4 tbsp Ground Coriander
1/2 tbsp Paprika/chili powder or flakes
1/2 tbsp Bahrat/Cinnamon/Cardamon/Garam Masala
1.5 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 medium onion, sliced (optional)
2.5 chicken breasts or 8 chicken thighs

Serve with a variety of spreads and salads:

• Hummus
• Tahini
• Israeli salad - finely chop and mix cucumber, tomato, red onion and parsley and drizzle with olive oil, salt and lemon juice
• Warm pitta/laffa/taco wraps


1: Mix all the shawarma marinade ingredients in a bowl
2: Ensure the chicken is dry, then season well with salt and some pepper. Cut the chicken into small pieces or strips and then transfer to a large bowl.
3: Pour the shawarma marinade on top and mix in, ensuring that all the chicken is evenly coated, and if using, add in the onion.
4: Cover the bowl and transfer to the fridge. The longer you let it marinate the deeper the flavours will be, but if you really can't wait, then 30 minutes is fine!
5: Preheat your oven to 425F/220C. Spread the chicken and onions evenly across a baking sheet and roast/grill for around half an hour. Your aim is for the chicken to brown and crisp up a bit.
6: In the meantime, it's time to start preparing the rest of the meal. If using pitta pockets, you can either slice them in half or cut off the top third of the pitta. For taco wraps or laffa bread, lay them flat. Now you can spread hummus and other dips on the pita, add in a tablespoon of salad, and then wait for the shawarma to finish cooking.
7: Once ready, fill up your pitta/laffa/taco wraps with shawarma and more hummus and salad, and drizzle plenty of tahini on top. Then your shawarma is ready to eat! Serve on the side with french fries and more tahini to add after each bite!
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