Chicken Shawarma Step by Step

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Shawarma is a popular dish originating from the Middle East. Itโ€™s a popular street food traditionally made in the form of spiced meats that are stacked on a vertical rotisserie with thin slices shaved off as it rotates. But we can cook the chicken at home on a pan on stovetop as well.

I have shown how to make our own arabic Pita Bread at home with step by step instructions, also how to make the Lebanese Garlic Sauce or Toum using a regular blender jar. Usually Egg white is not included in the traditional garlic sauce but it is required if you just have a regular blender not a food processor. Also, the Garlic amount used is minimal which will give a good creamy taste. Using too much Garlic will give a Spicy taste.ย 

Chicken Shawarma



  • 500gm Chicken Thighs, bonelessย , Extra Virginย 
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Curd, Thick part
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Coriander
  • 1/2 Tsp Seven Spices
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • ย 1 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepperย 
  • 1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Salt


  • 3/4 Cup | 185ml Warm waterย 
  • 1/2 Tsp Instant Yeastย 
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Olive oil, to brush
  • 2 Cups | 260gms All Purpose Flour
  • ย 1/2 Tsp Saltย 


  • 5-6 Big Garlic Cloves (remove the germ inside to avoid strong garlic flavor)
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Lime juice (Use a small Lime instead of big Lemon, more tarter)
  • 1 Egg White, cold
  • 200ml Pure Sunflower Oil (cold preferably)
  • 2 Tbsp Ice Cold water


For Chicken

  • Mix all the Spices with the Chicken bonelessย fillets and keep refrigerated overnight. Fry them till golden brown on both sides. Cut into thin strips.

For Pita Bread

  • Mix Warm water, sugar and instant yeast in a bowl. Add half of the flour and salt. Mix. Add rest of the flour and knead.
  • Knead the dough for 5-10 Mins till smooth. Do not add too much flour. Grease a bowl with olive oil, place the dough. Let it rest till doubles.ย 
  • Knock the air down, place the dough into a flat surface. Divide into 6 equal parts, make smooth balls. Cover them with a cloth for 30 Mins.
  • Roll them out to 7 Inches width. Keep the rolled out ones covered for 5 mins. Do not keep more than 5 mins else theyย form a dry crust on top.
  • Cook the pitas on Medium high heat. When first bubbles appear flip on the other side. Once it puffs a bit, flip it again and cook till it puffs completely.ย 

For Garlic Sauce

  • Place 6 Big Garlic Cloves, Salt and 1 Tbsp Lime juice in the blender. Blend on High speed.ย 
  • Add 1 Egg White. Blend on High speed till Garlic is nicely minced and foamy.
  • Add half of the Oil slowly through a funnel while blending high speed. It should emulsify and look creamy. Stop and check.
  • Switch to Low speed, add remaining lime juice slowly through the funnel. Then Add rest of the oil slowly. It should look Creamy.
  • Blend again on low speed, Add slowly 2 Tbsp Ice cold water through the funnel. Garlic Sauce is ready! Keep Refrigerated airtight. Tastes best theย next day, becomesย mellow. Stays good for 3-4 days.ย 


  • Spread Garlic sauce on the Pita bread, then place the fried chicken and French fries. Then add lettuce and top with more garlic sauce. Tie the ends with a parchment paper.ย Enjoy your homemade Shawarma!


Course: Main Course
Keyword: arabic pita bread, chicken shawarma, garlic sauce, lebanese garlic sauce, middle eastern food, pita bread, shawarma, toum, turkish food, turkish shawarma

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