- January 24, 2021
- 30 Minute Meals
Easy 30 Minute Oven Roasted Chicken Shawarma
Want a fast and easy way to indulge in delicious Middle Eastern cuisine on a busy weeknight? Try this simple low carb oven roasted sheet pan chicken shawarma recipe you can make in just 30 minutes.
I love a fast, easy, flavor packed chicken dinners that not only satisfies my comfort food takeout cravings (especially if the weather is cold). A good sheet pan meal can be simple and uncomplicated, while still tasting beyond delicious and feel gourmet at the same time.
While I already have this whole roasted chicken shawarma recipe you can try (and don’t get me wrong it’s really easy), I wanted to share a faster version that could quickly be prepared when the mood strikes last minute.
This recipe was designed to also fit any diet or lifestyle. It naturally works well for those following a low carb or ketogenic diet, is gluten free, and also whole 30 compliant. Get more nutritional details below and find ways to make dietary modifications by reading the article.
Let’s talk shawarma spices, veggies, and all the cooking details below!
- Baking Sheet
- Large Bowl
- Measuring Spoons
- Knife & Cutting Board
What Is Chicken Shawarma?
A classic chicken shawarma is made from thinly cut, marinated pieces of chicken, that’s placed on a large spit and slowly roasted. Typically this Middle Eastern dish is cooked rotisserie style, but could also be cooked like a kebab.
In the past, I typically bought this from takeout restaurants where they serve it up in a warmed pita with a variety of grilled or pickled veggies, hummus or tahini sauce, garlic sauce, and maybe a side of rice. I wanted to make my own version at home in under 30 minutes.
Chicken Shawarma Spices:
Chicken shawarma is all about the blend of spices used to season and marinade your chicken in. Here’s what you need:
- Aleppo Pepper (optional but adds some heat)
While I have a fairly extensive spice cabinet and can quickly make this blend, I know not everyone may have these on hand. You may be able to find pre-made shawarma blends or you can stick to the main four of cumin, coriander, cloves, and cinnamon to get the main flavor profile.
Mix these spices with olive oil (or other oil of your choice) and some lemon juice. I like to whisk everything together in a bowl or use a small bullet blender to get everything mixed well.
Making and Baking Your Sheet Pan Shawarma:
To make and assemble this recipe, start by slicing up your chicken into pieces. For recipes like this I tend to gravitate towards boneless chicken thighs. They seem to get less dry and reheat better in my opinion (which makes for a better meal prep outcome). If you prefer white meat, use chicken breast instead.
Once the chicken is trimmed and sliced into 1/4 inch strips, place in in a large bowl and mix it into the shawarma seasoning and marinade mixture. If you have more time, you can always place this in the fridge or overnight if desired. Remove the chicken from your bowl and place it on your baking sheet to be roasted.
While you can literally just cook the chicken as is, no sheet pan meal is complete without some roasted veggies. I like to use some largely sliced red onions and tomatoes. I prefer tp keep the raw chicken on one half of the pan and the veggies on the other side to limit the potential of cross-contamination.
Bake the chicken and veggies at 425 F. until the chicken is cooked to 165 F. internally and your veggies are tender and roasted nicely. Remove from the oven and allow it to rest about 5 minutes or so. Then mix the veggies and the chicken together before serving.
While you can pile everything into a bowl and just eat as is, I like to serve mine up family style (I do this with my Greek Chicken Kebabs and my butter chicken kebabs too) so everyone can make their own chicken shawarma bowl or wrap.
To pair along with the chicken shawarma mixture, I like mixed olives, sliced cucumber, lettuce and hummus spread. If you’re looking for a low carb wrap idea, try pairing it with my low carb flatbreads or try store bought varieties for ease.
Wrap not your style? Try serving it over white or brown rice, quinoa, or the best cauliflower rice recipe for more of a chicken shawarma style buddha bowl.
Meal Prep and Reheating Tips:
If you’re looking to add this to a meal prep rotation, I suggest prepping your roasted veggies ahead of time, but not making until you decide to eat this dish. Alternatively, you could par-bake them and finish reheating them in a frying pan or microwave when using up your leftovers.
Additionally, you can store your chicken in the marinade (uncooked) in the fridge and bake as needed. If reheating cooked meat, simply microwave or even cook it up in the frying pan. Eating this cold over lettuce as a salad is a great alternative too!
Get the full recipe below and check out more low carb meal prep recipes rounded up here! Additionally, if you like this shawarma inspired dish, be sure to also check out these flavor packed recipes for Curry Chicken Salad, Grilled Moroccan Chicken, or these easy Butter Chicken Meatballs too.
Easy 30 Minute Oven Roasted Chicken Shawarma
- 2 lbs. Boneless Chicken Thighs trimmed and sliced thin
- 8 oz. Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 Small Red Onion Sliced Large
- 1 Lemon Juiced
- 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
- 2 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 tbsp. Cumin
- 2 tsp Coriander
- 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Cloves
- 1/4 tsp. Ginger
- 1/2 tsp. Aleppo Pepper sub with Cayenne if needed
- Optional Toppings: Sliced lettuce olives, garlic spread, hummus, flatbread or pita bread, cauliflower rice or regular rice.
- Preheat your oven to 425 F.
- In a bowl combine your olive oil, lemon juice, and all your spices. Whisk well so everything is mixed.
- Slice your chicken into thin strips and toss into the marinade and spice mixture and coat the chicken entirely.
- Place the chicken pieces on one half of your baking sheet and toss the tomatoes and onions onto the other half.
- Bake about 15 minutes in the oven until the chicken is fully cooked to 165 F.
- Remove from the oven and mix the chicken and veggies together. I like to serve this up family style on a platter with low carb flatbreads, lettuce, garlic spread, hummus, and olives too.
Enjoy – this is a family favorite that my kids request me to make for special events.
Thanks for easy to understand and follow recipe and dish! I haven’t yet done it but saved it to try later . Hope will be tasty !
Thanks for stopping by and checking out the recipe, I hope you try it and like it!
I’m just about to make this with thigh chicken I marinated yesterday, so I’ll pick my own temp. You mention both 350 and 425 for the oven temp ? Which is it? I’m going with 400 for now.
So sorry for the confusion, I see I have an error in the post. The recipe temperature that lists 425 F. is the correct one. While both work, roasting at a higher temp works great for quickly cooking the chicken thighs and roasting your veggies. Thanks for brining the error to my attention, my apologies for the confusion!
Thank you for sharing the Chicken Shawarma recipe. I’m excited to try it! Could you please tell me what garlic spread is? Is that butter with garlic in it? Also, I have never heard of the pepper you mentioned as an optional addition for heat. Is there another pepper I can use as an alternative that would give the same comparable amount of spice if I can’t find it in my area?
Hi! Garlic spread is a common condiment in Middle Eastern cuisine. I buy mine pre-made from Trader Joe’s, but you can also make it. It’s an optional side (but seriously so good). Most people make it the same way they might make homemade mayo. A food processor works best and a lot of garlic cloves that you emulsify with oil to make a fluffy white paste. I’ll go back and make some notes and add some optional links for recipes. As for the Aleppo pepper, you can just sub with cayenne for a similar taste! Thanks for reaching out and I hope you enjoy the recipe.
This recipe gets 5 stars from me! Delicious- and even my food conservative husband liked it on rice.
Great and colorful presentation. I am glad I marinated the chicken thigh strips overnight, as they were flavorful.
Oh I’m so glad to hear that! Glad it all worked out and appreciate the comment ?. Yes, marinades are always better the longer you leave them on. Have a great night!