Skip to Content

Homemade Chicken Shawarma

It’s easy to recreate one of the world’s most popular street food, Chicken Shawarma. Shawarma is a Middle Eastern Recipe. It is thinly sliced roasted Meat (Lamb, Chicken, Turkey or veal) wrapped in flat bread.  It looks a lot like Gyro but still differs in so many ways.

Easy Homemade Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is popular in African countries like South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. The African version adds some flare to the traditional middle eastern Shawarma. It is created using easy to get sweet, savory and tangy spices which all comes together to create an highly seasoned marinated slices of meat.Easy Homemade Chicken Shawarma

While Tahini or the Yogurt sauce are the most common sauces used for Shawarma recipes, I will like to introduce you a delectable easy to put together African Shawarma sauce. we use a mixture of Ketchup and Mayonnaise. A hint of pepper is kind of a must in making this Shawarma sauce, so I used a little bit of Cayenne pepper. Red pepper flakes will work just as well. If you don’t want that extra little heat, then you can skip it.

Easy Homemade Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma is very versatile. While wraps are the most common, it can also be used in Chicken salad, for sandwiches, served over Rice and you snack on it. Yum!



Easy Homemade Chicken Shawarma

Easy Homemade Chicken Shawarma


  1. You can replace Chicken with either Turkey, Beef, Veal, Lamb, Goat or a mixture of two or more of these meats.
  2. You can also skip Hot dog if you prefer. Some also like to add French fries in theirs.
  3. I used Tortilla wraps and Pita bread for this recipe, but other flatbreads such as Chapati or Roti will work well.
  4. Make sure to pat dry the Chicken before adding the spices because excess water in the Chicken will water down the spices.
  5. I used boneless and skinless chicken thighs because it yields a nice taste and texture after cooking (my own opinion).
  6. You can skip the seasoning powder if you want to just replace with about 1/4Tsp of salt or simply add salt to taste.


Easy Homemade Chicken Shawarma

Easy Homemade Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma is a Middle Eastern Recipe and Nigeria’s version adds some flare to it.You can prepare Shawarma using a rotisserie, gill it outdoor or bake in the Oven. Middle Eastern spices are rare in Nigeria, though one can recreate Shawarma using common spices.
4.91 from 10 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: African, East Africa
Keyword: homemade, shawarma
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 505kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu



  • 2 lb Chicken Thigh boneless
  • 1 Onion large Red 
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 4 cloves  garlic – minced
  • 1 Tsp Ginger Minced
  • 2 Teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric or curry powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 Tsp bouillon cube optional
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or any cooking oil of your choice
  • 1 Tsp Salt or to taste


  • 3 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • Cayenne pepper optional- A hint of


  • 1 Tomato ripe and hard
  • 1 Onion  small red & sliced into strips
  • 1/4 lb Cucumber  sliced into strips
  • 4 to 6 Lettuce leaves
  • 4 to 6 Tortilla Wraps large



  • Marinate the Chicken – Wash and pat dry the chicken.
  • Add all the Spices to the Chicken and mix very well.
  • Cover with a plastic wrap or a tight lid and leave in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
  • Grill The Shawarma – Lay the Chicken pieces on a parchment lined baking pan, transfer to a 425°F and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Check to make sure it’s cooked through and char it for about 1 to 2 minutes just to make it darker (if you choose)
  • Prepare the Shawarma Sauce- Mix the Ketchup, Mayonnaise, and Cayenne pepper together and set aside.
  • Serve the Shawarma – Wash and slice all the Vegetables
  • Spread a thin layer of the Mayonnaise and Ketchup mixture on the Tortilla wrap
  • Layer the vegetables and Shawarma Chicken on the wrap, drizzle a little more sauce on it and roll it up.
  • Optional - Place the rolled wrap on a heavy bottom skillet or a grill and brown the wrap enjoy!



Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 842mg | Potassium: 596mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 895IU | Vitamin C: 13.2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.9mg

You can find me on Facebook, and Instagram. I love keeping in touch with all of you!

If you make this Chicken Shawarma recipe, I’d love to see pictures of your creations on Instagram and Facebook. #cheflolaskitchen


If you liked this Easy Homemade Chicken Shawarma, you may also like some of my other oven grilled recipes:

Easy Oven grilled Tilapia Fish

Grilled Tilapia Fish

Grilled Tilapia Fish



lumpia wrapper spring roll wrappers
Lumpia Wrappers (Spring Roll Wrappers)
Nigerian puff puff
Spicy Puff Puff Recipe
Recipe Rating


Thursday 14th of January 2021

Weldon ma, the recipe was very helpful and easy to follow. I appreciate you. Thanks. God bless you.


Monday 4th of January 2021

I will try it today


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

I just tried ur recipe . It came out really nice. Well done.

Lola Osinkolu

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Great! Thanks for letting me know! ❤️

bukola adeniyi

Saturday 7th of November 2020

Am trying this recipe

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 19th of November 2020

I'm sure you will love it!


Friday 23rd of October 2020

In fact you are wonderful,I hope you will teach me all this favorite food?