Chicken Shawarma Salad Recipe

Published on November 24th 2022 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Overview of a platter of shawarma chicken salad on a tabletop

Chicken Shawarma Salad is a delicious salad that will become your go-to salad the second you taste it. First, the chicken is spiced with cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, cardamom, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and turmeric. The chicken is also marinated in yogurt, so the spices can infuse into the meat and then roasted until golden brown. Next, the juicy chicken is placed on a bed of romaine lettuce, butter lettuce, parsley, mint, tomatoes, and avocados before being drizzled with a creamy tahini sauce. Chicken Shawarma Salad is a filling, healthy, delicious dinner or lunch. Serve with pita bread and Instant Pot Hummus.


How many calories is in a chicken shawarma salad?

There are 530 calories in Chicken Shawarma Salad.


Is a chicken shawarma healthy?

It depends on the ingredients used to make chicken shawarma. This chicken shawarma contains skinless chicken thighs containing less saturated fat than skin-on chicken thighs. It also has Greek yogurt, a good source of protein. We also used olive oil, which is rich in heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats. We also served the chicken shawarma on greens tossed with cherry tomatoes, avocados, and cucumbers. So it contains lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.


What does shawarma chicken taste like?

Shawarma chicken is rich and flavorful. It has savory, tangy, and spicy flavors. 


Can we eat shawarma next day?

Yes, you can eat shawarma the next day. It will last for 3-5 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge. 


Author: Sarah Leadon
Average: 5 (2 votes)
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
4 persons


  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil


  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt


  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced


  • Juice of 2 Lemons 


  • 2 teaspoons Ground Coriander 


  • 2 teaspoons Cumin


  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cardamom


  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt


  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper


  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper


  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika


  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric


  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs 

  • 2 cups Romaine Lettuce, leaves torn


  • 2 cups Butter Lettuce, torn


  • 1/4 cup Fresh Mint Leaves


  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley Leaves


  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved

  • 1 English Cucumber, sliced


  • 1 large Avocado, diced 


  • 1 Small Red Onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup Tahini Sauce


  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Coriander 


  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin 


  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  • 1 Lemon, juiced

  • 3 tablespoons Water 



Whisk the olive oil, reserving 1 tablespoon for searing the chicken, Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, coriander, cumin, cardamom, kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and turmeric in a large bowl until combined.


Chicken shawarma marinade being mixed in a bowl

Place the chicken thighs into the bowl with the marinade and toss to coat the chicken in the marinade. Cover the chicken thighs with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge to marinate for 4 hours or overnight. 


Chicken thighs being coated in marinade in a bowl

Heat a pan set to medium-high heat on the stovetop for 1 minute. 

Oil being heat in a pan on the stovetop

Place the chicken into the pan searing on both sides to brown and cook it until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 °F using a kitchen thermometer or until the center is no longer pink on the inside.


Marinated chicken thighs being seared in a hot pan

Remove the chicken thighs from the oven. Let them cool for 5 minutes before slicing them into strips. 

Chicken shawarma being sliced on a cutting board

Place the Romaine lettuce and butter lettuce onto a serving platter. 


Overview of a platter of butter and romaine lettuce

Add the mint, parsley, cherry tomatoes, English cucumber, avocado, and red onions. 

Salad in a platter garnished with vegetables and herbs.

Whisk the tahini, coriander, cumin, salt, lemon juice and water in a small bowl until combined. 


Tahini dressing being whisked in a glass bowl

Add the warm chicken thighs before pouring the dressing over the chicken shawarma salad and serving. 

A platter of chicken shawarma salad dressed with tahini dressing.
Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

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Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon