Shawarma Chicken

Raizel and I are crazy about the Schwarma Spice blend. I have been experimenting with it in everything! 

My friend Malka, a chef par excellence, made me aware that Schwarma Spice also goes well with chicken too.

This recipe is adapted from my basic roasted chicken recipe posted earlier this week.

Shawarma Chicken


1 chicken, cut up

2 onions, sliced

2 lemons, juiced (about ยฝ cup)

Season with Shawarma Spice Mix to taste

Optional: 1-2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed 

Shawarma Spice Blend

1 Tablespoon cumin, coriander, garlic powder

1.5 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon turmeric, pepper

ยฝ teaspoon cloves, cayenne pepper and cinnamon.


Slice onions and place chicken over onions in large pan. Season chicken with Season with Shawarma Spice Mix to taste and if possible, let marinate prior to cooking.

Preheat oven to 425*F.

Roast in oven for 1.5 hours, or until cooked, turning over for last 30 minutes.

Although I haven’t made it in a crockpot or pressure cooker, I think it is possible to make it in one. The method would be the same as for the roasted chicken.

Skin chicken and place over onions in crockpot. Season and add 1/2 cup lemon juice. Cook on low.

Pressure Cooker 

Follow directions for the crockpot and cook 7 minutes to pressure, using quick release method.

OR: Season chicken and brown in pressure cooker with onions. Cook for 7 minutes to pressure, using quick release method.

This also can be made on top of the stove, using water or broth as the liquid.

Fast and easy and becoming one of our favorites. (I have Raizel giving me recipe and menu ideas now.)

Here are the pictures, which look very similar to the basic roasted chicken:


Final product:

Raizel liked it so much, she ate half the chicken at dinner! So, this was a hit!

My friend Malka made it with chicken cutlets and a red onion, with great success.

Malka was kind enough to send me pictures of hers. She made it with chicken cutlets, and it looks awesome!


Malka’s final product:

Thank you Malka!!



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44 thoughts on “Shawarma Chicken

  1. nancyruth February 5, 2016 at 9:33 AM Reply

    I might try making that spice blend. Sounds good.

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged February 5, 2016 at 9:41 AM Reply

      It really is, assuming of course that you like Middle Eastern food. My daughter is on a cumin kick, so she loved it. My husband has more conventional taste, so he did not. Yaffa is flexible and ate either chicken. I guess you have to know your audience. Either way, it was gone within 2 days, which is fast.


  2. Lynz Real Cooking February 5, 2016 at 9:49 AM Reply

    Sounds great! yumm

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  3. PetersFoodAdventures February 5, 2016 at 10:24 AM Reply

    This sounds so good, I definitely need to bookmark and try this! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Jenny February 5, 2016 at 1:56 PM Reply


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  5. anotherfoodieblogger February 5, 2016 at 2:49 PM Reply

    I haven’t used that spice before either, I’ll have to try it some day!

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  6. Love Served Daily February 5, 2016 at 10:23 PM Reply

    Delicious stiff there

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  7. jncthedc February 6, 2016 at 2:09 AM Reply

    Just when I thought the roasted chicken hit the spot, you introduce an adaptation. ๐Ÿ™‚ The cutlets and red onions looked absolutely marvelous.

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  8. lynne hoareau February 6, 2016 at 2:32 AM Reply

    Sounds so delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. thelonelyauthorblog February 6, 2016 at 6:51 AM Reply

    Everything you make looks so good.

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  10. anchorkeidi February 6, 2016 at 2:23 PM Reply

    OMG! I loooooooooooove Shawarma so I am definitely bookmarking this! This makes me so hungry ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Lina February 7, 2016 at 12:24 PM Reply

    I love shawarmas! Great and tempting pics!

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  12. Sheryl February 7, 2016 at 7:29 PM Reply

    The chicken sounds wonderful!

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  13. CHCooks February 7, 2016 at 11:58 PM Reply

    Looks wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Summer Daisy February 9, 2016 at 11:31 AM Reply

    This looks and sounds amazing! Yummy โ™ฅ

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  15. Chitra Jagadish February 9, 2016 at 4:27 PM Reply

    Sounds flavorsome. …

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  16. joanfrankham February 12, 2016 at 3:58 AM Reply

    This looks so easy, I think I will try it this weekend.

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  17. Natascha's Palace February 14, 2016 at 11:53 AM Reply


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  18. Pan April 16, 2016 at 10:54 PM Reply

    Reblogged this on On the Road Cooking and commented:
    Ok, to be completely honest, this one screamed reblog to me partially because of the title.. Schwarma, it’s just fun to let roll of your tongue.. And I use all the spices except the cayenne pepper.. I’m a hot spice wimp.. But I may begrudgingly pick some up to use sparingly.. Carol has loads of knowledge and creative yummy recipes for your tastebud pleasure..

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged April 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM Reply

      Just add the hot peppers to taste. I also don’t like things too spicy, but I think it needs a slight “kind.” Thank you for your support!

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      • Pan April 16, 2016 at 11:05 PM

        My pleasure and I can’t wait to make the Schwarma spice.. Schwarma.. I’ll be saying that for awhile ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged April 16, 2016 at 11:08 PM

        It was really good. I made it again this week, at it barely lasted for enough for everyone. All gone!

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    • Pan April 16, 2016 at 11:16 PM Reply

      A definite sign of yum.. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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