Whether you are looking for a tasty lunch, a delicious dinner or a late night snack, you can’t go wrong with a shawarma.






Shawarma, one of the world’s most popular street food, is a Middle Eastern cuisine made from marinated meat that before now is traditionally roasted slowly then cut into thin slices, and stuffed inside a flatbread along with a variety of vegetables, such as lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, etc. Shawarma was originally made of lamb,  but today chicken, turkey, beef, are some of the meat used. 

The secret to shawarma’s taste lies in the way the meat is cooked either roasted, fried, or baked. I prefer baking and roasting as a later option when I have all the time. Apart from the unique taste, these two last options are much more healthier. 


What meat is best for Shawarma? 

To start, you have to decide on the type of meat you are going for. Beef, Turkey, Chicken? I use boneless chicken or chicken breast when making shawarma. This part of Chicken doesn’t have fat and I consider it healthier and the work load of de-boning after cooking is removed. You can use chicken thighs (just make sure to de-bone and remove all your meat chunks). So the choice for the best meat to use depends on you. 


What sauce goes best with Shawarma? 

Condiments are simply spices, sauces, or preparation that is added to food, mostly after cooking, to enhance the flavor, and complement the dish. Some condiments are added before the dish is made. This is the case of Shawarma. 

I prefer either the unique Lebanese Garlic Sauce for Shawarma or Yoghurt-garlic sauce. If you can’t find the items listed for my signature Yoghurt sauce, then feel free to use the Mayonnaise and Ketchup sauce recipe I will also share here. 


How long should I marinade my meat?

It’s appropriate to marinade overnight. This allows all your spices incorporate well into the meat.
If you don’t have all the time, marinade for at least 2 hours

What spices should I use for marinade?

The choice of spices to use depends solely on you and what you can find in your vicinity. I always add yoghurt to my chicken when I want to marinate.
Yoghurt tenderizes meat more effectively. If you don’t have access to yoghurt, make use of buttermilk.

What’s the shelf life of Shawarma?

24 hours. Why would anyone want to leave a meal meant to be taken fresh as it is longer than 24 hours anyway?  😀

What veggies goes well with Shawarma?

One reason I love this street food is the fact that you can add just any veggies in it. From cabbage, to cucumber, to lettuce, to carrots, to bell peppers, to onion, to tomatoes, just name it!

What bread is best for Shawarma?

Depending on where you stay and what’s accessible to you. You can use pita, tortilla wraps, or any flatbread. Or simply use my BEST SHAWARMA BREAD RECIPE. Even if you can always get Shawarma Bread in your vicinity,  nothing beats the taste of freshly made homemade treats!
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SEE STEP BY STEP VIDEO HERE: Chicken Shawarma with Yoghurt sauce

To Make:

  1. Get your boneless chicken pat it with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel to remove water. Having water in your chicken will prevent the spices from sipping well into the chicken.
  2. Next mix or blend your spices and pour over your chicken.
  3. Next add your lemon juice, and yoghurt and mix all well into your chicken making sure to rub in the spices well.
  4. Cover your bowl with a plastic wrap or cling film and keep chicken in the refrigerator overnight or for 2 hours. You can also leave it in a cool dry place in your kitchen for 2 hours.
  5. Next, get your Greek yoghurt, Sweet Chili sauce, Garlic (peeled and washed), Basil leaf (scent leaf), black pepper (this is different from what we call Cameron pepper in some part of Nigeria), and lemon juice. Pour all content into a blender, add a Teaspoon of cooking oil (this allows your garlic blend well. Blend all items. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  6. Prepare your veggies. Wash all your veggies well with water and some salt. Thinly slice your cabbage, grate your carrot. Divide your cucumber into two, remove the seeds from the first half and cut into thin stripes (see the video). If you have English cucumbers it’s perfect! Just go ahead and slice thinly ‘cos they don’t contain seeds. Then cut the second cucumber into thin disc. Thinly slice your onion. Remove seeds from your tomatoes and thinly slice or chop them. Remove seeds from your bell pepper and slice into stripes. Set the lettuce aside.
  7. Next pour all veggies except lettuce into a big bowl and mix all well to combine. Transfer veggies to a strainer to remove water and set aside.
  8. Now get your chicken and prepare it. To bake, slightly grease your oven tray or pan with butter or spray with a cooking spray. Place your chicken on it and bake. OR to grill, place chicken on your grill and just go ahead and allow it grill. Once in a while turn it over and apply the remaining marinade all over it. Keep doing this till it’s ready.
  9. Once baked or grilled, cut the chicken into chunks not thin but biteable chunks.
  10. I used sausages with my Shawarma. If using sausages, grill it just like I did in my MINI CORN DOG RECIPE. Or if pairing it with French fries then you need to make my signature RESTAURANT STYLE FRENCH FRIES.
  11. Now it’s time to place all items together. Get your Shawarma bread, spread slightly with your Yoghurt-garlic sauce, add your chicken, then veggies, then sausage,  then lettuce and more chicken then drizzle with 1 tablespoon of your yoghurt sauce and wrap just like I did in the video.
  12. Eat right way or heat up on a skillet for 1-2 minutes before eating

Alternative Shawarma sauce (Mayonnaise Sauce):

  • 3 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 
  • ½ tsp black pepper or to taste 
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