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 Β½ 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

Β½ 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!!



44 thoughts on “Shawarma Chicken

  1. Pan says:

    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 says:

      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.


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