Chicken Gyros or Shawarma Recipe

Sunday, March 25, 2018

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Nothing beats a delicious, filling Sunday lunch with the family,
and this meal is just that.
I love it, from the "wow factor"
 to the taste taking me to the streets of Saudi eating shawarmas.
It's a great meal to prep in advance because it's totally worth it. 

A little back story on Chicken Gyros/Shawarma,
it was invented in Turkey and named 'Doner Kebab' (rotating meat),
when it was introduced to Greece the locals called it 'Gyros' (Greek for turn)
and finally when it spread to the Middle East 
it started being called 'Shawarma' (Arabic for turning).

So my mum actually saw a similar Chicken Gyros/Shawarma Recipe
 on a 'Tasty' Video
and we love to experiment in the kitchen so we had to try it. 
Now we didn't use the exact recipe because we like to change things up
but this recipe is inspired by it,
I will say if you're ever nervous to try cooking videos just take a chance,
sometimes you'll be pleasantly surprised. 




- CHICKEN MARINADE INGREDIENTS -


8 - 10 Pieces of Chicken Fillet (1kg of Chicken Fillet)

2 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
2 Tbsp Red Chili Powder
2 tsp Red Chili Paste
1 tsp Freshly Grated Ginger
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/4 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1 tsp Turmeric 
2 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 Cup Olive Oil 
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice 
2 Cups Plain Yogurt 
Salt To Taste 


  • Try to be as light handed with the Cinnamon Powder, I will suggest add a little and if you prefer add more. I literally had to make the marinade again because I used too much and it was too over powering. 


- CHICKEN METHOD - 


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  1. Combine in a large bowl all the marinade ingredients (minus the chicken fillet) and keep aside. 
  2. Now on a cutting board place your chicken fillet, cover with some plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or rolling pin till your chicken fillet is flat (around 1cm thick). Continue till they're all done.
  3. Next, add your chicken fillet to the bowl with the marinade, make sure they're coated well and keep aside for 1 - 2 hours minimum. 
  4. Pre-heat your oven to around 200 Degrees Celsius.
  5. Now take your baking tray/large iron skillet and layer it with a sheet of aluminum foil.
  6. Either take an onion or lemon, cut it in half (this will be the base) and position a long skewer vertically like a spit. In simple terms position the skewer in the middle of the half onion or lemon.
  7. Now once it's stable, skewer the chicken fillet individually, rotating each one 90 Degrees, till they're all layered over each other and place the other half of a lemon/onion on the top.
  8. Drizzle the left over marinade over and cover loosly with the aluminum foil tightening the top.
  9. Grill in the oven for around 2 hours, I would suggest every 15 minutes opening the foil and with a spoon just drizzling the marinade over the meat, close it up and pop it back in the oven.
  10. Keep checking that your meat is cooked before serving. 



- TZATZIKI SAUCE -

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1 Large Cucumber Shredded/Cubed
1 Cup Plain Yogurt 
1 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
2 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Dill
2 1/2 Tbsp Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley
Salt and Pepper To Taste

  • Mix all the ingredients and chill in the fridge till serving time.

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- SALAD - 

1 Lettuce 
1/2 Cucumber
2 Carrots
1 Red Onion 
1 - 2 Tomatoes (depending on size)

  • Cube your cucumber, carrots, onion and tomato(es).
  • Make a salad and leave to chill in the fridge till serving time. 



- PARATHA/ROTI/PITA -


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  • Personally I like to make my own paratha, but you could just purchase your own or serve it with pita.
  • This will be needed for the Shawarma part. Check out a previous Paratha recipe I've shared before which I love using for this dish or any wrap dish.
  • I will suggest rolling it thinner than shown in the picture on the paratha post.


  • Carve off slices of the chicken and fill it into your pita or paratha/roti, top with the salad and the tzatziki sauce. 
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- PIN IT -

It is so easy to pin a recipe you like right onto your pinterest boards,
simply click on the picture and it will automatically take you to pinterest. 
When you share the picture the link shares as well,
which makes it easier for you and any one else to find the recipe. 


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I love this dish, it honestly takes me back to the shawarmas from the Saudi.
They're amazing and this recipe comes very close to it.
I hope you enjoy this Chicken Gyros/Shawarma Recipe,
it's a great dish to make for the family especially Sunday Lunch 
and again it has a lovely 'wow factor' when you do serve. 

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as well as share the pined picture on pinterest. 



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18 comments

  1. Oh wow this looks soooo good! It has made me hungry now! Will have to give it a try

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  2. Masha Allah, I want it now. I have bookmarked this page will definetly be making this. I was in Saudi last Ramadan and had Shawarma quite a bit. Very tasty, my husband use to live in Saudi so I will surprise him with the dish.

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    1. Nothing beats the Saudi Shawarmas but I find this recipe comes pretty close lol Hope you both enjoy it! :)

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  3. Jazakillahkahyr. Although I am not a huge fan of eating meat, I loved your little history lesson, and I am inspired by the warmth of your meal-making, masha'Allah. I feel like I can sense the beautiful atmosphere you nurtured, and I am left wanting to bring more of such excellent experiences into my home (and the world) insha'Allah.

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    1. Personally I'm not a fan of eating meat too, I find it hard to leave chicken though and my family still eats meat so most if not all my dishes have meat. I think food can bring a family together and a little effort shows how much love you have for them. This is how we always eat and present our food even when it's the few of us alhamdulillah, we don't only pull out all the stops when we have visitors.
      Shukran for the lovely words! :) Insha-Allah may Allah grant us the love for each other, especially our family.

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  4. Looks delish, I always wondered whether Gyros and Shawarma was the same thing but was told it wasn’t. I love shawarma and gyro but find gyros a little bigger but they are both ‘turned’ lol

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    1. Thank you so much! Haha I had to do a little research because I wasn't sure if they were the same or not either. I think size and origin is what makes it slightly different but it's basically the same in my opinion.

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  5. This is mouth wateringly delicious recipe...I am huge fan of shawarma....this homemade version is making me try this over this weekend....thank you for sharing....

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy it :D

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  6. This looks so yummy! I really need to try this recipe - have seen a few on the net - but your marinade sounds perfect! thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! I looked over a few recipes too before coming up with my own version, which ever recipe you do try please make sure to go extremely light handed on the cinnamon, I find the quantity suggested is way too much and it can be very over powering.

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  7. I stay in Saudi & Alhamdulillah my family is fond of Arabic shawarmas...This home made shawarna looks yummy & well cooked...!! I'll try this recipe in sha Allah.

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    1. Thank you so much :) so lucky I miss the Saudi Shawarmas so much! :) Enjoy one for me please lol

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  8. OMG I love shawarma like I am literally crazily in love with them & now I am craving one�� All the pictures are so good & you made my job easier, can't wait to make it because I saved the link & I am definitely going to try this recipe ❤��

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    1. Aww thank you so much! Hope you try it out and enjoy it :D

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  9. Wow! Didn't know doner and shawarma referred to the same thing,I am in Doha abs currently love the shawarmas here. Although would love to try this recipe😋

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    1. Hope you do try this recipe out and let me know how it is. I didn't know it was basically the same thing either lol :)

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