Chicken Shawarma Kebab Salad

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This Mediterranean inspired salad is made with Grilled Chicken Shawarma kebabs served over salad with Feta and Tzatziki.

This Mediterranean inspired salad is made with Grilled Chicken Shawarma kebabs served over salad with Feta and Tzatziki.
Chicken Shawarma Kebab

We obsess with this shawarma recipe, it’s on constant rotation in my house! I often make it with chicken breast like with this chicken shawarma recipe, served with pita and salad. After sharing these Greek Chicken Tzatziki Bowls a few weeks back I was inspired to make them with thighs and turn them into kebabs. They’re a big hit!!

The chicken comes out so juicy and I personally love anything you can eat on a stick. I served it over salad to make it a meal, but if you are having a party and want to serve up some kebabs, these will be a hit!

How To Make Chicken Shawarma Kebabs

This Mediterranean inspired salad is made with Grilled Chicken Shawarma kebabs served over salad with Feta and Tzatziki.

This Mediterranean inspired salad is made with Grilled Chicken Shawarma kebabs served over salad with Feta and Tzatziki.This Mediterranean inspired salad is made with Grilled Chicken Shawarma kebabs served over salad with Feta and Tzatziki. This Mediterranean inspired salad is made with Grilled Chicken Shawarma kebabs served over salad with Feta and Tzatziki.

This Mediterranean inspired salad is made with Grilled Chicken Shawarma kebabs served over salad with Feta and Tzatziki.
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Chicken Shawarma Kebab Salad

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284 Cals 29 Protein 11 Carbs 14 Fats
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
This Mediterranean inspired salad is made with Grilled Chicken Shawarma kebabs served over salad with Feta and Tzatziki.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 medium lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 Persian cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 cup 145 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta, the kind that comes in brine, crumbled
  • 4 cups butter lettuce, torn
  • 1 cup Skinny Tzatziki, from my blog

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken thighs into 1-inch pieces.
  • In a medium bowl, combine olive oil and lemon juice. Whisk until combined.
  • Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, red pepper, salt and black pepper and whisk again. Pour the marinade over the chicken making sure it evenly coat (careful it will stain your fingers). Refrigerate and marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-low heat.
  • Thread the chicken pieces among 4 wooden or metal skewers, discarding the marinade in the bowl.
  • Grill the chicken, turning the skewers occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through in the center, about 15 to 18 minutes.To make the salad:
  • For the salad: In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Add the cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and red onion and toss to combine.
  • Divide the lettuce between 4 bowls, top with tomato salad, feta and grilled chicken. Serve with Tzaziki for dipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad with 1 kebab, Calories: 284kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 115mg, Sodium: 514.5mg, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 4.5g
Blue Smart Points: 6
Green Smart Points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 6
Points +: 7
Keywords: chicken shawarma kebab, chicken shawarma kebab salad, chicken shawarma salad, how to make chicken shawarma, shawarma salad

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57 comments

  1. Is the chicken something I could make ahead and freeze? My wife is a night nurse and we are always looking for quick healthy meals she can make in the microwave at work.

  2. Loved it it was super tasty. I didn’t make the salad, man was the chicken flavorful and tender and juicy,

  3. Yes, yes and yes. This was divine. I marinated the chicken for 4 hours and it was perfect. I used and indoor grill pan. Will make this again.

  4. SO good!! My husband and I loved it!! Even had Naan bread with it!! Great dinner!! I will definitely make this again!!

  5. Really good recipe

  6. My family LOVED this!! I served it with couscous on the side. It was a hit….even for picky eaters! 🙂

  7. I am missing Turmeric will it make a huge difference?

  8. fantastic!! a family favorite

  9. One of my kids’ favorite chicken. I have made this dish many times now. The kids are at the age where they don’t believe salad should ever be a main course but they love your chicken and tzatziki sauce. They have theirs with pita bread, rice pilaf, and cucumbers. They dip everything in your sauce. This is the perfect balance because I can have a delicious, light, lower carb meal while the kids get a meal similar to our favorite Middle Eastern restaurant. I marinate this overnight as well as put the sauce together at the same time so all the flavors meld together!

  10. My whole family loves this recipe! Even my husband – which is saying more than 3.5 year old loving it too. Haha! Thanks for putting together such easy and delicious recipes! 

  11. The flavor of this chicken is outstanding. Can’t believe first time I have made this recipe. I skipped the oil and used misto spritz on chicken and then added all the rest. It marinated over 24 hours till I made it. And I used the skinny taste Air Fryer at 400 degrees. to cook them, It only took anywhere from 7-9 minutes to be done, flipped it half way. I was using whole chicken thighs trimmed of all fat and kept them “whole” which was following the recipe for this chicken in the One and Done book, Chicken was moist and flavorful. I did roasted red onion and roasted zucchini slices seasoned with thyme and parsley and served with cauliflower rice, as we were in the mood more for warm side veggies. Loved it. Thank you

  12. The chicken came out amazing!! I def had more than one serving bc it was just so darn good. Easy to put together, marinated for a few hours, and then threw on the grill. Made my own quick version of tzatziki that my grandmother used to make and voila! Will definitely be making this often!

  13. This was fantastic!! I didn’t use skewers and opted to chop the thighs, marinate and grill in cast iron….. I will make this over and over again. I doubled the recipe but not the salt, thank goodness.  Used 1 and 1/4 tsp – perfection. Served over white rice. 

  14. Made the chicken skewers in the air fryer yesterday and they were SO good. 350 for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Thanks Gina!

  15. Made this tonight and it was fabulous….delicious flavors. I made the dressing the day before and marinated the chicken overnight.  Everyone gave it two thumbs up. Mine was a salad but the rest of the family had theirs over rice pilaf, pita wedges, and a side of beet salad. The skinny Tzaziki dressing was great with it and my husband even wanted to save the leftovers for future salads (this guy never thinks about future salads). My kids did not like the dressing and they opted for hummus.

  16. This was SO good! My husband loved it and said it’s the best chicken he’s had in a while, and he usually dislikes chicken thighs. I marinated the thighs for 6 hours and grilled them as recommended. Definitely a keeper!

  17. I had chicken breasts that I needed to use up so I used those instead. My husband said it was probably the best chicken dish I’ve ever made. Just don’t tell him that there was curry in the marinade. He doesn’t like curry. 😉

  18. PS/ I did not grill the thigh meat but marinated it and then cooked in a cast iron skillet. Then my husband and I spooned the chicken on top of salad. So delicious!

  19. Made this twice now. First time did not squeeze out the water in the shredded cucumber. Same flavor just more runny if you leave the water in. I liked it both ways. Love this recipe. Restaurant quality so you can make this for dinner guests. I made up ahead in the morning the marinade chicken, tomato salad and tz sauce. So it was super fast to put together in the evening. Absolutely delicious. 5 stars

  20. This was really really good! I only marinated for 30 minutes and got FULL flavor. Instead of making the sauce, I put the dill and chives in with the veggies and used the oil/vinegar from them to dress the salad. Yum!

  21. This recipe was excellent! Reminded me of my time in the Middle East!!

  22. I am trying out one of your weekly plans and this was supposed to be lunch this week, however due to it only being me and my husband there will be plenty of leftovers from other meals, so I made it for Dinner today since your plan doesn’t start on a Sunday and will use the other 2 portions for my first 2 lunches this week. I am still waiting on the T Sauce to be ready to be put together, so we weren’t able to use it tonight, but it was great even without it! I did not care for the salad dressing, but I did try to make it, I just didn’t put it on the salad. Lucky for me I did have some Italian dressing in the fridge that worked great. We loved the chicken!!!! I did not use the curry because I don’t like curry, So far so good though. Thank you for doing this it really helps me get creative and feel healthy at the same time!!!! That is one of the biggest problems I have with eating healthy and staying on a plan, they just get boring because I don’t have enough ideas. Your plans spice things up! Keep ’em coming!

  23. Found this recipe by accident and tried it yesterday for dinner and was astonished by it’s taste!
    I definetly recommend this dish!
    Unfortunately I could not find ‘Kosher salt’ and forgot the Feta… But it was still so tasty, especially with the skinny Tzatziki!

  24. Holy crap, this chicken was good! I was too lazy to do the kebabs…plus it wasn’t grilling weather, so I cut the chicken up smaller. After marinating I just dumped it all in a pan and cooked until the chicken was done & the marinate got nice and thick.  I will definitely be making this on a regular basis. The whole family enjoyed!

  25. This is AHHH-MAZING!  Ended up leaving chicken in marinade for 48 hours due to u expected late work on first night. Entire family loved it. Going to make it for a spring dinner party I’m having in a few weeks. 

    Sure wish WW would work with you so I could link your recipes right up to my tracker. Love your stuff. Thanks so much for sharing. 

  26. Best recipes site in your site I love it thanks for sharing.

  27. Oh my gosh! I just made this and it was so good! My family ate it all up! Will definitely make again and SOON!

  28. I have tried this today and it was absolutely delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

  29. Excellent! I broiled the chicken with chunks of sweet onion in the oven.

  30. Marinade was amazing, especially for as quick and easy as it was to put it all together. Will definitely will be making it again.

  31. Gina,
    I currently have the chicken marinating. However, the ingredient list for the chicken calls for 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, but the directions say 1/4 teaspoon.  I went with 1 teaspoon…we’ll see how it turns out. I’ve been told it is wonderful! 

    BTW… we grill many things all year long in my house…more recipes for grilled food would be great! Thanks. Ellen 

  32. Oohhh La La! These chicken skewers were the best I have ever had! I love the authentic flavour!
    Thank you so much for creating this recipe! It is definitely going to be our ‘go to’ grilling recipe!

  33. This marinade is AMAZING!! I didn’t have time/interest to cut up chicken so i just put full chicken breasts in the marinade, let it sit for 6 hours and then bbq’d them. They were fantastic. Just ate 1 for lunch cold and am super looking forward to one warmed up for supper tonight. Another big hit Gina!!

  34. this was awesome! next time, i want to marinate overnight (i only had time for like four hours this time). my husband has already asked that we add this into heavy rotation. 

  35. I was hoping to get some buy-in on a new dinner option for my kids and I — I turned to the “kid-friendly” tag results, and let my son browse. He chose this recipe which he called “chicken on a stick.” I was nervous about the spices but BOTH of my kids scarfed this down and said it’s their favorite chicken recipe ever. My son liked it so much he started looking through other cookbooks for recipe ideas. I’m still in shock. Thanks for a great family-friendly recipe!

  36. Amazing – the entire family loved it and asked for it again the next day!

  37. Delicious! Used green leaf lettuce instead of the butter lettuce. Allowed the chicken to marinate all-day before threading onto skewers. Served with the Skinny Tzatziki.

  38. Tastiest chicken we’ve made on the grill. Simple, delicious, perfect for summer.

  39. Just made 8 of these in jars for the week so hubs and I have yummy lunches. 

  40. I am too lazy to make skewers (plus, no grill pan) but I willl be trying this out – except cooking the thighs Whole and then slicing up after cooking.

  41. I have this marinating in the refrigerator right now. II can’t wait to try it!

  42. What would be a good way to make them if I don’t have a grill? (Indoor or outdoor 🙁 )

  43. This looks delicious! I was wondering if you could leave out the curry or substitute something else for it? My family doesn’t like curry.

  44. Where do you find boneless, skinless chicken thighs? I’m on Long Island, too. 

  45. I cannot WAIT to make this! As the weather heats up I am all about the salads, I’ve also been eyeing a bunch of shawarma recipes on Pinterest but haven’t made any yet…I love everything I’ve made off your site so I know this will be delicious!

  46. Hi Gina!

    Does the nutrition information include the dressing or is that separate?

    Also, I’ve been following you for over six years now and your website and cookbooks are always big hits in our home. Thank you! <3

  47. These skewers are beautiful! Can’t wait to use our new grill to make them 🙂