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Easy Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Course Main entree
Servings 6 -8
Calories 225kcal


  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper

Tahini sauce:

  • ½ cup tahini sesame seed paste
  • 3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice more if necessary
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lukewarm water or more for desired consistency


To make the chicken: Combine all ingredients except the chicken in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the chicken and use your hands to coat each piece. Let marinate at least 4 hours (overnight preferred). Heat the grill (I used a grill pan) over medium-high heat and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of your pieces) or until cooked through.

    To make the sauce: Place all the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Add the water a little at a time to form a smooth, creamy sauce. More water may be needed depending on the thickness of your tahini paste. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice as necessary. Plate the chicken, drizzle tahini sauce on top and serve alongside rice, salad, pita bread, etc.


      Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 351mg | Fiber: 1g