A delicious chicken shawarma recipe that is easy enough to make at home, no spit roasting required. It may not be traditional, but make up a plate with banana peppers, garlic, sauce, pita, and hummus and you are in for a treat.
Dig into this chicken shawarma platter: chicken, banana peppers, garlic sauce, and classic hummus served up with warm pita bread. It’s not traditional, but it is so good!
Warning: This recipe is not traditional. It doesn’t include slow roasting large amounts of chicken over a spit, the spice combination has not been passed down through generations, and I use canned (gasp!!) chickpeas for my hummus. Whew! It feels good to get that off my chest!
This chicken shawarma plate was originally inspired by the chicken and hummus from Oasis Mediterranean Restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky, where I went to college. I was introduced to it by my best friend and it didn’t take long before we were picking up a to-go order at least once a week to share while watching reruns of Sex and the City.
Over the years I’ve searched high and low for an easy way to recreate it at home. Note the key word: easy. While my final result is quite different from the original inspiration, according to my tastebuds it’s still very, very good. The best part is that all but the chicken can be made in advance which makes getting dinner on the table much quicker.
My rendition of chicken shawarma, like the original, is best when you have all 5 elements: warm pita bread, garlic sauce, pickled banana peppers, classic hummus, and spiced chicken. The garlic sauce, chicken, and hummus come from recipes I have perfected over the years, while the pita and banana peppers are store bought ready for use.
The ideal pita for chicken shawarma is thin and soft. The best place to find them is at a Mediterranean restaurant, but if that isn’t an option you can usually find them at the grocery store too. Someday I’ll figure out how to make pitas puff up without setting off the smoke detector, but for now I use what I can find.
The banana peppers provide a little bit of crunch with a tangy and slightly sweet flavor that comes from the pickling process. They come in a jar and you can find them near the salad dressing section of your grocery.
Hi! I'm Renee, the recipe developer, food photographer, and mastermind behind Renee Nicole's Kitchen. My favorite foods are pizza, red wine, and popcorn, but not always in that order. When I'm not focused on food I enjoy sleeping in, reading fiction novels, and long walks with my goldendoodles, Tuck and Tahoe.