Shortcut Chicken Shawarma

Shortcut Chicken Shawarma
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
6 servings

You won’t need a rotating spit or a laundry list of ingredients to enjoy the flavors of shawarma. We cleverly used the combination of curry powder and pumpkin pie spice to create the balance of savory and sweet spices normally used in the marinade. And a mix of mayonnaise and hummus nicely replaces tahini sauce, while dill pickles stand in for the traditional ruby red turnip pickles.



tsp pumpkin pie spice
Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
cloves garlic, finely grated
1 ¼
lb(s) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat, sliced ⅛" thick across the grain
Juice of ½ lemon
tsp curry powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
pieces pocket pita bread, each separated into 2 thin rounds
cup mayonnaise
cup prepared hummus
whole dill pickles, each cut lengthwise into 6 spears
plum tomato, diced
1 ½
cups shredded romaine or iceberg lettuce
Hot sauce (optional)


Step 1

Toss the chicken with the lemon juice, curry powder, pumpkin pie spice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 grated garlic clove, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Warm up the pita rounds on the skillet on one side only, about 10 to 15 seconds. Wrap the stacked pita rounds in aluminum foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Step 3

Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and increase the heat to medium-high. When the oil is just about to smoke, add the chicken and spread out in a shallow layer in the pan. Turn the heat up as high as it will go. Don’t stir the chicken; allow it to develop some nice golden brown color on one side, about 4 minutes. Give the chicken a quick stir and cook for another 2 minutes to develop more color. Transfer to a bowl. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, if necessary.

Step 4

Mix together the mayonnaise, hummus and remaining grated garlic clove in a small bowl.

Step 5

Assemble the wraps: Have 6 sheets of aluminum foil or parchment paper ready. On a pita round, smear about 2 tablespoons of garlic mayonnaise hummus sauce along the middle, then top with a scant 1/2 cup chicken, a pickle spear, diced tomato, shredded lettuce, and hot sauce, if using. Roll the pita tightly around the filling. Wrap with foil to hold the roll together. Repeat with the remaining pitas.

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