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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.
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