Easy Chicken Shawarma Bowl (Gluten-free, Whole30 & Paleo Option)

Juicy chicken marinated with Middle Eastern spices baked to perfection and combined with fresh veggies, creamy hummus, baked pita chips and a simple homemade tahini sauce! A delicious and healthy Lebanese chicken bowl that’s sure to wow your tastebuds! Great for dinner but also perfect for your healthy lunch meal prep. Included: A Gluten-free, Whole30 & Paleo Option.  #easyrecipes, #shawarma #lunchbox #makeahead #healthy

Juicy Middle Eastern spiced chicken thighs baked to perfection and combined with fresh veggies, hummus, pita chips and a creamy tahini sauce for a delicious easy chicken bowl that’s sure to wow your tastebuds! Included: A Gluten-free, Whole30 & Paleo option. 

overhead shot of a healthy Lebanese Chicken Shawarma Bowl with homemade Tahini Sauce and pita chips

Craving Street Food? Make your own chicken shawarma bowls at home!

These chicken shawarma bowls are here to mix up your chicken dinner rut!  Loaded with flavor, color, and textures and they are not only fun to eat but also SUPER healthy. What’s not to love about a bowl packed with deliciously spiced chicken thighs, veggies, hummus, pita chips, and a special tahini sauce. So much flavor and goodness!

close-up overhead shot of a healthy chicken shawarma bowl with tahini sauce

First off, what is chicken shawarma?

Chicken Shawarma – one of my absolute favorite Middle Eastern street foods and one of life’s great pleasures for all fans of lean meat.

Shawarma is a world-famous Middle Eastern street food consisting of meat cut into thin slices, stacked in a cone-like shape, and roasted on a slowly-turning vertical rotisserie or spit. Originally, it is made of lamb or mutton but today’s shawarma may also be chicken, turkey, beef, or veal.

As the sliced and stacked meat cooks, thin slivers are shaved off the surface as the spit continuously rotates.

Like kebab, pizza or sushi, it’s one of those things you eat when you’re out and about living your best life, maybe shopping, traveling or simply meeting up with friends in town. Those street foods always bring back the best memories, amirite?

overhead shot of a homemade healthy chicken shawarma bowl drizzled with tahini sauce

Now, I’ve found an easy way to enjoy a quick and healthy chicken shawarma right at home. We’re talking tender, juicy chicken pieces, loaded with the most amazing warm and earthy shawarma spices: cumin, paprika, turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of cayenne for a spicy kick!

The chicken should probably be called Shawarma-Style Chicken. Because obviously I wouldn’t post a  recipe that requires a turning rotisserie spit on your kitchen counter. Don’t worry, I kept things simple for us and still feel like I’ve cracked the homemade shawarma code. Because these chicken bowls are awesome. Seriously awesome.

close-up of a healthy Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma bowl with hummus, salad and tahini sauce

Why you will love these healthy Middle Eastern chicken bowls:

So many reasons to love this plate-licking delicious Middle Eastern chicken dish!

  • These bowls are done in about 30 minutes!
  • The chicken also tastes great the next day so you can make a big portion and have the rest as make-ahead lunches!
  • Chicken shawarma bowls are packed with veggies and have way fewer calories than any restaurant-style shawarma plate.

How to make Chicken Shawarma Bowls at home:

Prep – Preheat oven to 425F / 220C.

picture collage showing how to marinate chicken breast to make chicken bowl recipe

Step 1 – 3– Pat dry chicken and slice it into strips. Place in a bowl with sliced onion and olive oil.

Tip: If you have time, marinate the chicken thighs for one hour and up to overnight. If you don’t, it’ll still be delicious without marinating!

picture collage demonstrating how to marinate chicken with Middle Eastern spices to make shawarma at home

Step 4 & 5 Add spices (cumin, paprika, turmeric, garlic powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne) and salt. Using your hands or a spoon, stir until well combined and every piece of chicken is well coated with spices.

Step 6Spray a baking sheet lightly with olive oil and spread the chicken and onion mix. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (but still juicy).

Step 7 – While the chicken is cooking, prep the other bowl ingredients (lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion and tahini sauce). When the chicken is done, assemble the bowls.

How to assemble a chicken shawarma bowl:

Start with a bed of lettuce then arrange chicken, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion and hummus on top. Drizzle with a couple of tablespoons of homemade tahini sauce and serve.

overhead shot of different toppings and sauces needed for making chicken shawarma bowls

More delicious toppings for your chicken shawarma bowl:

Can I make this bowl Whole30 and paleo approved?

Yes, you can. Simply ditch the hummus and pita chips, and add more veggies

Recipe Tips and Variations:

close-up overhead shot of a healthy chicken shawarma bowl with tahini sauce
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Easy Chicken Shawarma Bowl Recipe

Juicy Middle Eastern spiced chicken baked to perfection and combined with fresh veggies, hummus, pita chips and a creamy tahini sauce for a delicious easy chicken bowl that’s sure to wow your tastebuds! Included: A Gluten-free, Whole30 & Paleo Option. 

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Keyword chicken bowl recipe, chicken shawarma marinade, chicken shawarma recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 393 kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced
  • tsp  cumin
  • tsp  paprika
  • 3/4  tsp  turmeric
  • 1/4  tsp  garlic powder
  • 1/4  tsp  cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch  cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Toppings:

  • 8 cup romaine lettuce shredded (about two medium heads)
  • 2 English cucumbers chopped (or 4 Lebanese cucumbers)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1/2 cup tahini sauce
  • a few pita chips optional

Instructions

  1. Pat dry chicken and slice it into strips. Place in a bowl with sliced onion and olive oil. Add spices (cumin, paprika, turmeric, garlic powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne) and salt. Using your hands or a spoon, stir until well combined and every piece of chicken is well coated with spices.
  2. If you have time, marinate chicken for one hour and up to overnight. If you don’t, it’ll still be delicious without marinating!
  3. Preheat oven to 425F / 220C. 

  4. Spray a baking sheet lightly with olive oil and spread the chicken and onion mix.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (but still juicy).
  6. While the chicken is cooking, prep the other bowl ingredients (lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion and tahini sauce).
  7. When the chicken is done, assemble the bowls. Start with a bed of lettuce then arrange chicken, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion and hummus on top. Drizzle with a couple of tablespoons of tahini sauce and serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Shawarma Bowl Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 453mg20%
Potassium 1018mg29%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 6750IU135%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 5.9mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 Comments
  1. The shawarma bowl looks so good. I bet it would be really awesome to make the chicken in a big batch. Then I can enjoy this dish for several days. 🙂

    1. Oops, so sorry I forgot to add that to the recipe card. Thanks for spotting my mistake. It’s fixed now! 425F / 220C degrees

  2. This was delicious! It reminds me of one of my favorite restaurants in Madisom, WI. We’ll be adding this to our meal rotation. Gosh, I can’t wait to eat it again. So good.

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