Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

I was never much of a shawarma person. In fact, in my entire year of living in Israel, I don’t think I even ordered it once. I’m more of a falafel girl. Fully loaded in a freshly baked laffa – pure heaven.

But something interesting happens when you have kids. Picky kids. Kids who don’t like the BBQ marks on their grilled chicken, or the crumbs on their shnitzel. Kids who won’t eat fish. Or most types of meat. When you have such kids, you start to make foods that you never imagined you’d be cooking – like shawarma.

When said kid tasted a bite of my husbands shawarma and liked it (how he got her to do that is beyond me), I knew I had to learn to make my own. And that’s exactly what I did. The first couple of times, said kid was licking her plate. Now she has decided she no longer likes it. And I have decided, I do. How’s that for irony?

Other Israel-Inspired Recipes:

roasted eggplants with Israeli salad
malawach cheese pastries with zaatar
chestnut hummus with pita chips
sachlav rose water pudding
banana, date, milk & honey smoothie

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23 thoughts on “Chicken Shawarma

  1. I love Shawarma! I used to eat it when I lived in Vienna. There was a little israeli Restaurant which also served Sharwarma-to-go. One question: how do you make the bread for it? Thanks! Beautifully photographed! Cheers from Germany. Susanne

    1. Hi Susanne, welcome all the way from Germany! The bread is called pita. I’m not much of a baker but if you look online I’m sure you can find a recipe. Good luck!

  2. Hi from CCN! I love this. Will share over on my Tasting Jerusalem cooking community – come check us out. We are learning all about Middle Eastern cuisine through the lens of the “Jerusalem” cookbook. This month our ingredient is zhoug which would be perfect with this shawarma recipe!

  3. I’m also a falafel girl but I really appreciate the recipe. I’m positive it’ll turn me into a shawarma girl. Yum.

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