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Grilled Chicken Shwarma
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Marinating time
4 hrs
Total Time
35 mins

This juicy, tender Turkish-inspired grilled chicken is wonderful on its own, in wraps, sliced thin in sandwiches and it's super delicious in salads.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Turkish
Keyword: Grilled Chicken Shawarma, Turkish Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 260 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the chicken:
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
For the wet rub:
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 5 medium cloves finely minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  1. Line a sheet pan with foil or plastic wrap for easy cleanup. Lay chicken out on prepared pan.
  2. Combine all rub ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Stir well to make a wet paste.
  3. With your hands, coat the chicken on all sides with the rub, cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
  4. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Oil grill grates to prevent sticking.
  5. Grill until all sides are golden, charred with nice grill marks. Turn every couple minutes, about 8-10 minutes per side. Internal temperature should be 165˚F.
  6. Enjoy with Turkish Flatbread and/or Turkish Tomato Cucumber Salad!
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above for additional instructions and tips.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Shwarma
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 915mg40%
Potassium 413mg12%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.