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baked chicken shawarma

Baked Chicken Shawarma (Vegan adaptable!)

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Bowls 1x
  • Category: chicken, baked, adaptable
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: middle eastern


Quick and flavorful Baked Chicken Shawarma can made with either chicken or tofu (or both!). Turn it into healthy Shawarma Bowls, then repurpose into Shawarma Wraps. Vegan and gluten free-adaptable!


Units Scale
  • 11 1/2 pounds chicken ( breast or thigh) or tofu or a mix of both ( like 1 pound chicken and 8 ounces tofu)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper- optional
  • 1 cauliflower – optional see notes

Quick Shawarma Marinade:

Wrap Options:

Shawarma Bowl Options:

  • cooked grain ( rice, quinoa, barley) or roasted, “riced” cauliflower ( see notes)
  • roasted cauliflower or other roasted veggies

Serve both with Everyday Tahini Sauce, Zhoug, or Zhoug Yogurt, Baba ganoush and optional Isreali Salad.


Preheat oven to 400 F

Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl.

On a large parchment lined sheet-pan, place chicken breasts, tofu filets, and any vegetables that you want to use. Brush the chicken and tofu very liberally with marinade. For the other veggies, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and a little  lemon zest is nice. 🙂 Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

If making a grain bowl, cook the grains now. You could also roast “riced” cauliflower at the same time, on another sheet pan. Season it with olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, perhaps some cumin – toss it every 10 minutes or so until cooked with a few nice crispy bits.

Check chicken after 20 minutes ( breast will cook faster).  Toss veggies, and cook until chicken is cooked through and veggies are tender. Tofu takes 30 minutes to get a nice crust.

Cut chicken and assemble bowls or make the wraps.  Drizzle with Tahini sauce and/or  Zhoug yogurt.

If making wraps, use a warm tortillas or warm pita. Add greens, pickled onions, crunchy veggies, greens or kale slaw, and spoon tahini sauce over top. Zhoug yogurt is nice too!

Prepare for happy mouths.


  • Serving Size: -4 Bowls - calculated with chicken breast and "riced" cauliflower. No sauces.
  • Calories: 380
  • Sugar: 4.9 g
  • Sodium: 282.3 mg
  • Fat: 13.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.2 g
  • Fiber: 5.4 g
  • Protein: 50.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 148.9 mg