Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce

Oven-roasted chicken shawarma with garlicky yogurt sauce.

A blend of cayenne pepper, ground cumin, smoked paprika, ground cinnamon and turmeric lend this chicken shawarma a warmth and spiciness ideal for heating up cool autumn nights.

Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce

Serves | 4 |

Chicken Shawarma

  • 1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • zest and juice of 3 lemons
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 3 red onions, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • nonstick cooking spray oil

Garlicky Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic, roasted
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

To Serve

  • pita bread, warmed
  • tomato slices
  • diced cucumber

| Preparation – Chicken Shawarma | Preheat oven to 425°F.

Cut chicken thighs into 1-by-3-inch strips and chicken breasts into 2-by-3-inch strips. In a plastic zip-close freezer bag, combine all ingredients except nonstick cooking spray oil. Marinate chicken in refrigerator at least 10 minutes or up to 24 hours.

Lightly spray 2 sheet pans with nonstick cooking oil spray. Pour chicken and marinade over top, spreading with a spatula to evenly distribute. Roast in oven for 20 minutes.

| Preparation – Garlicky Yogurt Sauce | In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, stirring well to incorporate. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

| To Serve | Serve warm chicken shawarma with chilled garlicky yogurt sauce, warm pita bread, sliced tomatoes and cucumber.

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  • Marinated Tomatoes
  • Roasted Potatoes and Eggplant
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LEARN MORE: In this class, you’ll learn how to make fresh pita bread at home. You’ll also learn how to make a flour substitute using only ground nuts.