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Chicken Shawarma recipe

Chicken Shawarma recipe

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken shawarma is a popular Arab dish by grilling meat on spit. It is prepared by stacking of marinated chicken meat and fats alternately on spit. The meat is grilled slowly as the spit rotates which in turn, gives the meat a juicy and tender flavor. Grilled chicken is shredded off from the spit when needed and served with tahini dip, seasoned veggies and french fries to make wraps and rolls. 

Chicken Shawarma


Before when I had Chicken Shawarma many years back , though not exactly the same, but such kind of wraps in a turkey restaurant in Switzerland. I instantly fell in love with it. But then later these ” Chicken shawarma ” was introduced at few malls in  Mumbai ( India) too. Nowadays in Mumbai ” Chicken Shawarma” are served street side too , at Mahim and Mohammed Ali road, and their version of chicken shawarma is different to the authentic ones. I really love their version too and have made them many times at home.

Street food here in Mumbai is really cherished and loved by a majority of people ,including chicken shawarma. Their version has maida wraps or pita bread with marinated chicken prepared on pit , served with yoghurt dip. Whole chilly paste ( chutney) , french fries and cabbage too, all rolled into a wrap. So here is my version , some what inspired by street side mumbai Easy Chicken Shawarma recipe.

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  • 500 gms boneless chicken
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2-3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp paprika powder / cayyene powder / red chilly powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 3 tbsp olive oil /oil
  • Pinch red food color ( optional) 


  • 1 cup yoghurt 
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice  
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • salt


  • 6 – 8 Pita breads ( home made or store bought )
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1 -2 potatoes
  • 1 cup red chilly chutney


1. Wash, clean and chop chicken boneless into thick chunks and marinate with ginger garlic, yoghurt, paprika powder / cayenne powder / red chilly powder, lemon juice, salt , garam masala powder, olive oil /oil and
pinch red food colour for about 3-4 hours. ( I usually prefer marinating my chicken chunks overnight ) 

2. Heat heavy bottom pan, add 1 tbsp oil followed by marinated chicken and fry on medium flame for about 5- 6 minutes. Flip the chicken and fry for more 3-4 minutes or until the chicken dries up. Turn off the gas. Side by side heat a coal until red , place this hot coal in between chicken pieces , and pour 1 tbsp oil / clarified butter. Cover the pan immediately to get smokey taste. 

Weave marinated chicken pieces in skewers and cook in preheated oven at 180 degree C for about 25 -30 minutes . ( bast the chicken in between with butter ) 

3. Peel, wash and chop potatoes into long thick fingers. Add little salt and deep fry them in hot oil, drain and keep aside on an absorbent paper.

4. In a bowl, add mayonnaise, yogurt, salt, lemon juice, garlic crushed with some olive  oil, mix well and keep aside.

5. Now weave the chicken pieces in skewers or sticks and grill on gas directly for a minute, move the skewers / stick in a circular motion and grill from all sides. Make small pieces of chicken with the help of small knife and keep aside for further use.

6. Make wraps by kneading all purpose flour with salt and little oil, followed by desired water and make a soft dough. Cover the dough with damp mul mul cloth and keep aside for sometime. Now roll it into a chapati shape with a rolling pin and roast both the sides on iron skillet.
You can stuff and roll the chicken in pita breads ( home made / store brought ) instead of rolling in wraps . 

7. Take a butter paper place one pita bread or wrap, apply 2 tbsp of yogurt & mayonnaise sauce. Now apply home made red chilly chutney sauce or any other red spicy sauce you like. Place 3 -4 tbsp chicken pieces in the middle , top it with some cabbage and few french fries. Roll it tightly in butter paper.


8. Serve with yogurt sauce and home made red chilly chutney. 


  • You can even grill the chicken in oven or char coal it, for oven you need to weave the marinated chicken directly in skewers and cook at 180 degree C. Pre heat oven for 20- 25 minutes or until done ( to cook the chicken through ) and then cook on maximum temperature for 5-7 minutes to get the charred / burnt effect.
  • To save time, you can prepare the chicken, give dungar, weave and give a charred effect by grilling it on gas ( or by prepare chicken by oven method ). Prepare red chilly chutney, pita bread OR wraps , yogurt and mayonnaise dip, all pre hand and then at the time of serving. Remove the chicken pieces from the skewers /stick , heat them in a pan. Make small pieces with knife and then assemble it into homemade Chicken shawarma.
SERVES : 5 -6 Persons.    



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