#CookandChomp – Chicken Shawarma

My first time eating a shawarma was at Al Bake, New  Friends Colony – the only street place serving delectable shawarma rolls back in the day – although the roll was extremely delish, it was also a very desi fusion. Post that, I have tried a lot of more authentic versions – so it was only time that we replicated the same at home. The best part, it is healthy and super easy!
I also made a smaller portion with paneer and it was swell!
For four people
For the wrap –

  • Boneless chicken – 500g
  • Lebanese Khubz – 1 packet with 6 pcs (Usually available at Modern bazaar or Food Hall)
  • Yogurt for basic marination – 2tbsp

For Chicken shawarma marinade –

  • Lime juice – 1 tbsp
  • Lemon zest – 3/4 tsp
  • Olive oil – 3tbsp
  • Coriander leaves – 2-1/2 tbsp
  • Ginger and garlic paste – 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1/4tsp
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste

For the tzatziki

  • Thick hung curd – 2 cups
  • Cucumber – 1 medium size, shredded
  • Seasoning – to taste

To garnish – Pomegranate seeds, ketchup and tzatziki

  • Wash the chicken, add the yogurt, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. This is one of the most basic marinades that render the chicken juicy and not chewy at all (This is an optional step, if you are short of time, you can simply skip to the real marinade)
  • Add all the marinade herbs and spices and mix well. Rub it on to the chicken and leave still for about an hour

Marinated chicken and paneer

  • Pre-heat the oven for 5 minutes, brush the tray with olive oil and place the chicken on to the tray

Ready to be grilled

  • Grill the chicken, till golden brown and succulent
  • For the tzatziki – mix the curd, cucumber and seasoning to make the thick tzatziki
  • Heat the Khubz, add the chicken pieces, line with the tzatziki and garnish with some pomegranate seeds and ketchup. You can also add your favourite greens to the wrap. Simply roll and enjoy.


Paneer Shawarma


Chicken shawarma

Happy Chomping 🙂