Palestinian Chicken Shawarma Recipe

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For the Marinade:

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Garlic Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

For Serving:

  • Pita bread
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  1. Prepare the Marinade:
    • In a bowl, combine yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, allspice, sumac, salt, and pepper. Mix well until you have a smooth marinade.
  2. Marinate the Chicken:
    • Cut the chicken thighs into thin strips.
    • Place the chicken strips in the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated.
    • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.
  3. Prepare the Garlic Sauce:
    • In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, and salt.
    • Refrigerate the garlic sauce until ready to serve.
  4. Cooking the Chicken:
    • Preheat your grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat.
    • Thread the marinated chicken strips onto skewers.
    • Grill the chicken for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until fully cooked and slightly charred.
  5. Assemble the Shawarma:
    • Warm the pita bread.
    • Spread a generous amount of the garlic sauce on the inside of the pita.
    • Add grilled chicken strips to the pita, and top with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and chopped parsley.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve the Palestinian shawarma hot, with additional garlic sauce on the side.
    • Optionally, you can add pickles, olives, or tahini for extra flavor.

Enjoy your homemade Palestinian Chicken Shawarma!

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