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This Hen Shawarma recipe goes to knock your socks off! Only a handful of day-after-day spices makes an unbelievable Hen Shawarma marinade that infuses the hen with unique Center Japanese flavours. The scent when that is cooking is insane!

Overhead photo of chicken shawarma

Hen Shawarma

That is one in every of my signature recipes that will probably be very acquainted to all my buddies as a result of I make this so usually. It’s off the charts for effort vs output: only a handful of on a regular basis spices, garlic, a splash of lemon and olive oil transforms into essentially the most unbelievable flavour.

When this hen is cooking, the scent is unbelievable. In actual fact, it’s how I met most of my neighbours after I lived in a townhouse complicated, random individuals I had by no means met earlier than popping their head over the fence eager to know what on earth I used to be making. They have been elated after I handed out samples!

Cooked chicken shawarma meat ready to be eaten

What’s Hen Shawarma, truly??

Shawarma is a well-liked dish originating from the Center East. It’s a preferred avenue meals that’s historically made within the type of spiced meats which are stacked on a vertical rotisserie with skinny slices shaved off because it rotates. However don’t fear! We will prepare dinner our horizontally in a great previous pan or on the BBQ!

Shawarma was historically made with lamb, mutton and hen although as of late you see it with beef too. It’s generally served within the type of a wrap, although in some international locations you see it served on plates with sides equivalent to seasoned rice or fries, and salads. On this recipe, I’m providing you with each choices!

The flavour of this Chicken Shawarma marinade is absolutely incredible, yet made with just a handful of everyday spices.

Substances in Hen Shawarma

Right here’s what you should make Hen Shawarma. I’m betting you’ve most if not all the spices in your pantry already!

Ingredients in Chicken Shawarma
  • Hen – I wish to make Shawarma with boneless, skinless thighs as its juicier than breast. However hen breast and tenderloin each work nice.

  • Lemon juice – Recent!

  • Olive oil – For a contact of flavour but in addition to dilute the lemon juice so it doesn’t “prepare dinner” the hen (like we deliberately do with ceviche!).

  • Spices – Nothing out of the bizarre right here! The one one you may not have in inventory is cardamom, although as of late its simply discovered at any grocery retailer. It has a piney, form of citrusy flavour and it’s a key ingredient that distinguishes the Shawarma marinade from different cuisines, equivalent to Mexican, that recurrently makes use of the opposite spices used on this recipe. Briefly, don’t skip it!

  • Spice management – The spiciness within the Shawarma marinade comes from the cayenne pepper. It’s not a key factor of the flavour so for those who don’t need it spicy, both scale back or eradicate it altogether. I promise you gained’t really feel robbed. Numerous different flavours happening on this dish!

Sauce choices for Shawarma

Shawarma is historically served with both a tahini sauce (widespread in Israel) or a Yogurt Sauce. In case you’d like to make use of a tahini sauce, use the one on this Roasted Broccolini recipe.

For a Lemon Yogurt Sauce, right here’s what you want:

Ingredients in Chicken Shawarma

How you can make Hen Shawarma

For one of the best outcomes, it’s greatest to marinate the hen in a single day. However to be sincere, the amount and flavour of the marinade is intense sufficient you could get away with a minimal of three hours of marinating. Been there, achieved that loads of occasions, and no one has complained!

How to make Chicken Shawarma
  1. Combine marinade – For comfort, simply combine the marinade instantly in a ziplock bag. A bag works greatest as a result of the hen stays properly coated within the marinade. In case you desire to make use of a container, both flip the hen just a few occasions or enhance the marinade by 50%.

  2. Add hen into the marinade. Seal the bag, eradicating extra air, then therapeutic massage to coat from the surface. Go away to marinade for 12 to 24 hours within the fridge. In case you’re pressed for time, even 3 hours will do!

  3. Yogurt sauce – Make the yogurt sauce just by mixing the substances then put aside for not less than 20 minutes to let the flavours meld. This may preserve for 3 days within the fridge.

  4. Cook dinner hen both on the range or on the BBQ. It’s going to get a terrific crust on it from the spices, and you’ll adore the scent. It’s intoxicating!

  5. Relaxation hen for not less than 3 minutes earlier than serving to permit the juices to redistribute all through the flesh, else they may simply run out all over the place once you slice the meat.

  6. To serve, simply pile every part on a platter and let everyone make their very own wraps! The hen, lettuce, tomato slices, onion, yogurt sauce and warmed flatbreads – selfmade or retailer purchased. If the hen is on the bigger facet, I typically slice it. But when they’re smaller, I have a tendency to only go away them entire.

The flavour of this Chicken Shawarma marinade is absolutely incredible, yet made with just a handful of everyday spices.

How you can Serve Hen Shawarma

There are two predominant methods to serve Hen Shawarma.

  1. Wraps – As Hen Shawarma wraps (like Gyros and Doner kebabs), with tomato, lettuce, and a easy yoghurt sauce on the facet. Different non-obligatory extras embrace: purple onion, cheese (question authenticity? However that’s okay!!), hummus, sizzling sauce / chilli sauce.

  2. Shawarma plate – With rice and salads on the facet. Thought I often do serve pita bread or one other sort of flatbread as effectively, with a giant dollop of both Hummus or the Yogurt Sauce on this recipe, simply because it’s very on theme. ☺️

    Under, the Hen Shawarma is pictured with Mejadra which is a Center Japanese lentil rice (critically so good you may / will wish to eat it simply by itself!) and a Center Japanese Chickpea Salad (I skip the spicing of chickpeas in any other case there’s simply an excessive amount of kapow spices happening).

Just a few different issues that might be very a lot at residence alongside Hen Shawarma:

The unfold under options the Chickpea Salad referred to above and Mejadra, the lentil spiced rice.

The flavour of this Chicken Shawarma marinade is absolutely incredible, yet made with just a handful of everyday spices.

Nice meals for gatherings

This Hen Shawarma, together with the Vietnamese Noodles with Lemongrass Hen, are two of my most continuously made meals after I’m cooking for a crowd as a result of it’s straightforward to make masses, they’re each nice “lay all of it out and let everybody serve themselves” sort meals (I’m a giant fan of meals like that), and it travels effectively. I’ve made this a number of occasions on tenting journeys (together with the Vietnamese Noodles and Greek Gyros!).

It was additionally a part of a 7 course Arabian Feast menu that I shared means again after I first revealed this recipe in 2015. I nonetheless haven’t gotten round to perking up all of the recipes with contemporary new pictures, however I’ll at some point! I really like that menu as a result of a lot of it may be ready forward, and there’s plenty of widespread substances.

Be ready for the wonderful smells once you’re cooking this Hen Shawarma! – Nagi xx

The flavour of this Chicken Shawarma marinade is absolutely incredible, yet made with just a handful of everyday spices.

Watch how one can make it

Hen Shawarma recipe video! You may nearly scent the heady aroma by way of the display screen….nearly!!!

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How to make a killer Chicken Shawarma!!

Hen Shawarma (Center Japanese)

Servings4 – 5

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Recipe video above. The scent when that is cooking is outrageous! The marinade may be very fast to organize and the hen will be frozen within the marinade, then defrosted previous to cooking. Greatest cooked on the outside grill / BBQ, however I often make it on the range. Serve with Yogurt Sauce (offered) or the Tahini sauce in this recipe. Add a easy salad and flatbread laid out on a big platter, then let everybody make their very own wraps!


  • Marinade hen – Mix the marinade substances in a big ziplock bag. Add the hen, seal, the therapeutic massage from the surface along with your arms to ensure every bit is coated. Marinate 24 hours (minimal 3 hours).

  • Yogurt Sauce – Mix the Yogurt Sauce substances in a bowl and blend. Cowl and put within the fridge till required (it can final for 3 days within the fridge).

  • Preheat range or BBQ – Warmth a big non-stick skillet with 1 tablespoon over medium excessive warmth, or evenly brush a BBQ hotplate/grills with oil and warmth to medium excessive. (See notes for baking)

  • Cook dinner hen – Place hen within the skillet or on the grill and prepare dinner the primary facet for 4 to five minutes till properly charred. Flip and prepare dinner the opposite facet for 3 to 4 minutes (the 2nd facet takes much less time).

  • Relaxation – Take away hen from the grill and canopy loosely with foil. Put aside to relaxation for five minutes.

To Serve

  • Slice hen and pile onto platter alongside flatbreads, Salad and the Yoghurt Sauce (or dairy free Tahini sauce from this recipe).
  • To make a wrap, get a bit of flatbread and smear with Yoghurt Sauce. Prime with a little bit of lettuce and tomato and Hen Shawarma. Roll up and luxuriate in!

Recipe Notes:

1. MAKE AHEAD: Pop the marinade and hen in a ziplock bag and freeze right away. Then because it defrosts, it can marinate!
This additionally works effectively made forward, which I not too long ago did after I made this for 50 individuals as a part of a multi-course meal. I grilled it within the morning and lower it up. Then previous to serving it was simply heated up within the microwave. Toss it with the juices pooled on the backside of the dish and nobody will guess it was cooked earlier within the day!
2. Hen per serving – If utilizing giant lebanese bread as pictured (diameter is nearly 30cm/1 foot), you want round 300g/10oz of hen per particular person (uncooked) to completely fill them out with out tucking the ends in. 200 – 250g/7 – 8oz per particular person appears to be sufficient on common, however I all the time find yourself offering extra!
3. Hen – I exploit 6 items approx 5oz/150g every.
Hen breast: I really feel strongly that that is greatest made with thigh as a result of it’s received extra fats so that you get lovely caramelisation. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless tremendous tasty made with hen breast. One of the best ways is to chop them in half horizontally to make 2 skinny steaks no thicker than 1 cm/ 2/5″ every. If wanted, pound evenly. Marinate per recipe. Then prepare dinner on a excessive warmth (not medium excessive per recipe) for simply 2 minutes on both sides till golden. They are going to be juicy and delightful inside!
4. Ideas for issues to make on the facet:
* Mejadra (pictured in put up) – Center Japanese lentil rice
* Chickpea Rice Pilaf– barely much less spiced than Mejadra
* Center Japanese Chickpea Salad (a Yotam Ottolenghi recipe, skip the spicing of chickpeas to maintain it brisker)

Additionally see 7 Course Arabian Feast (abstract under recipe) and above recipe card in put up for lengthier record of facet choices.
5. BAKING: Cooking on a BBQ or range is greatest to get the caramelisation. Baking doesn’t yield fairly the identical flavour – however nonetheless superb! Bake at 425F/220C for 20 – 25 minutes till a browned.
6. Vitamin for hen solely as a result of flatbreads range a lot in measurement and energy.Assuming 6 servings.

Vitamin Data:

Serving: 183gEnergy: 275cal (14%)Carbohydrates: 1.1gProtein: 32.9g (66%)Fats: 16.2g (25%)Saturated Fats: 3.2g (20%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 13gLdl cholesterol: 140mg (47%)Sodium: 918mg (40%)

Initially revealed December 2014, up to date with contemporary pictures and an improved recipe video!

Arabian Feast Menu

Here’s a abstract of the Arabian Feast Menu that I shared again in 2015. I haven’t up to date all of the recipes but – I’ll get to them ultimately!

To Nibble: HummusHerb Chili FetaChargrilled Vegetable Platter

For the Males to Grill: Lamb Koftas, Hen Shawarma (this recipe)

As a result of we will need to have Greens: Shredded Pink Cabbage Carrot SaladSpiced Chickpea Salad

Arabian Feast - 7 dishes prepared in 1 hour. Fantastic for entertaining on a budget.
Arabian Feast – 7 dishes ready in 1 hour. Clockwise from prime left: Hummus, Herb Chili Feta, Pink Cabbage Carrot Salad, Lamb Koftas, Spiced Chickpea Salad, Hen Sharwarma, Chargrilled Vegetable Platter

Lifetime of Dozer

Throwback to Lifetime of Dozer in 2015 after I first revealed this recipe – nothing has modified within the years that has handed!

This shot just about encompasses how completely predictable Dozer is:

✅ Skulking close to a giant pile of meat

✅ Squeezing himself below a tiny desk laden with stated meals

✅ Eyes glowing on the potentialities

✅ Licking his lips in anticipation





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