Chicken Shwarma Recipe -
Chicken Shwarma Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Chicken Shwarma

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"We love chicken shwarma, and have been trying to duplicate it ever since our area's Middle Eastern restaurant closed. The closest we have been able to come is by using garam masala, a spice mixture you can find in some specialty grocery stores. "

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    20 mins


  1. Melt clarified butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle one side of chicken pieces with garam masala and place seasoned side down in hot butter. Sprinkle top of chicken pieces with more garam masala and saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Turn chicken pieces, adding more butter as needed, and saute for 5 to 10 minutes more, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 14, 2004

Shwarma is a middle eastern dish and this recipe though not traditional is very good. After the chicken is done saute sliced onion and green bell pepper in the clarified butter until onions change color to a light golden brown. Serve chicken with the sauted veggies rolled in warmed pita bread. Accompany this with some plain or spiced yogurt on the side and you have great meal. I went back and changed my ratings from 4 to 5 stars as this dish gets better everytime I make it. The last time I made it I served it with some hummus on the side and a green salad. Thanks for this easy yet outstanding recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 13, 2005

I recommend cooking the chicken with chopped onions and garlic. Add a few whole cloves, just remember not to eat them. Add some chilli powder if you want it a bit hotter. Once the chicken has cooked through add either cream or coconut milk.


33 Ratings

Jan 14, 2004

Very good and very easy to make. Like other reviewers I sauted an onion and green pepper with additional garam masala. Also, I didn't have clarified butter (I only had Country Crock and I wasn't sure how that would turn out clarified) so I used olive oil.

May 03, 2003

This recipes is fantastic! It's easy to make and tastes fabulous - a nice change from day-to-day chicken. I ran out of garam masala and substituted with mutton masala - it tasted even better. Thanks Kathy!

May 01, 2003

A great addition to any meal; rice; pasta; veggies

May 02, 2003

This chicken is delicious!!!

Apr 05, 2005

You can easily clarify butter by slowly melting it in a frying pan and skimming off the solids that float on top of the clarified butterfat, though to prevent my regular butter from scorching I merely added some olive oil and fried the chicken in that. Though this recipe has nothing to do with authentic shawarma, it is quite flavorful and excellent accompanied by some fried onions and roasted peppers and asparagus.

May 14, 2003

I served this dish to my non-Indian friends, and they loved it. I loved it for its ease in preparing. I did put in a bit of tamarind paste, though.


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  • Calories
  • 242 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.4 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 94 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 14.1 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 25.8 g
  • 52%
  • Sodium
  • 72 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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