Food Cart-Style Chicken Salad with White Sauce

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Halal Food Cart inspired chicken served over a big salad of lettuce and tomatoes drizzled with a yummy white sauce.

Halal Food Cart inspired chicken served over a big salad of lettuce and tomatoes drizzled with a yummy white sauce.

We’re obsessed with street-cart Halal chicken, but since all the good chicken trucks are in the city which is over an hour commute from me, I had to figure out a way to make this to make it part of our dinner rotation!

When I worked full-time in New York City, I often hit up the halal chicken trucks for lunch, the smell of the sizzling chicken always lured me in! I usually swapped out the rice for salad and loaded on the white sauce and hot sauce. My husband is also obsessed, and has been asking me to recreate the chicken and white sauce for years.

Halal Food Cart inspired chicken served over a big salad of lettuce and tomatoes drizzled with a yummy white sauce.

After many attempts at trying to get the white sauce right, I finally created a version that we all loved, which also happens to be good for you and your gut! I partnered with Stonyfield, my favorite yogurt brand to create this sauce with their new Stonyfield Whole Milk Yogurt with Probiotics, which is so creamy and delicious and so perfect in this sauce. Now there are 1 billion more reasons to love Stonyfield Yogurt even more! And trust me, you might want to double the sauce recipe, it’s that good! Is it exactly like the ones you get from the street carts? No, but who cares, we all love it!

How To Make Halal Chicken


If you wish to serve this over rice instead, you certainly can. I would cook up some brown basmati rice in chicken broth to serve on the side. For the hot sauce drizzled on top, I used some prepared harissa and it was perfect.

What is Halal Sauce Made Of?

To figure out the infamous white sauce recipe, my husband actually took a packet of white sauce the last time he ordered out, which listed most of the ingredients on the back. It was easy to figure out mayonnaise was a key ingredient, but the buttermilk powder and spices was pretty vague. A quick search on the internet turned up many recipes I tried, but most had too much mayonnaise and didn’t taste right. After several attempts, we all loved this final version made with plain whole milk yogurt (not Greek or low-fat) a touch of mayonnaise, a little lemon juice, vinegar, a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper. And since I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more probiotics in my day, this recipe is a winner!

Tips and Variations

  • Can you use 0% yogurt? Sure, but it won’t taste as good.
  • Can you use chicken breast for halal chicken? Street carts always use chicken thighs, which my family loves because they are moist and juicy. If you prefer breasts, you’ll want to cut down on the cook time so it doesn’t dry out.
  • How long will the white sauce last in the refrigerator? 4 to 5 days should be fine.
  • How can you make this for meal prep? Keep the salad and chicken separate so you can heat up the chicken separately if you want to eat it hot. Pack the dressing and hot sauce in small containers. These are the glass meal prep containers (affil link) I have and love.

Halal Food Cart inspired chicken served over a big salad of lettuce and tomatoes drizzled with a yummy white sauce.Halal Food Cart inspired chicken served over a big salad of lettuce and tomatoes drizzled with a yummy white sauce.Halal Food Cart inspired chicken served over a big salad of lettuce and tomatoes drizzled with a yummy white sauce.

Halal Food Cart inspired chicken served over a big salad of lettuce and tomatoes drizzled with a yummy white sauce.
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Food Cart-Style Chicken Salad with White Sauce

345 Cals 37.5 Protein 13 Carbs 16 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
Halal Food Cart inspired chicken served over a big salad of lettuce and tomatoes drizzled with a yummy white sauce.


For the chicken:

  • 24 ounces about 4 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

White Yogurt Sauce (makes 1 1/4 cups):

For the Salad:

  • 6 cups chopped iceberg or romaine lettuce
  • 2 medium tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • prepared mild harissa, optional for drizzling


  • Season the chicken with lemon juice, garlic, cumin, oil, salt and spices. Set aside at least 15 minutes, or as long as overnight.
  • Combine the ingredients for the white yogurt sauce and refrigerate.
  • When ready to cook, heat a large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the chicken and leave until the bottom is completely browned, about 5 minutes before flipping.
  • Cook on the other side for another 4 to 5 minutes, until browned.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the chicken continue cooking, about 10 minutes, until just about cooked through in the thickest parts (no worries if it’s not completely cooked).
  • Set aside on a cutting board and chop the chicken into thin strips and add back to the pan to brown and finish cooking, 8 to 10 minutes over medium heat.
  • Assemble the salad by dividing the lettuce, tomato and red onion.
  • Top with chicken and drizzle with yogurt sauce (this is your dressing) and harissa, if desired.


Serving: 1salad, Calories: 345kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 37.5g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 666mg, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 7g
WW Points Plus: 9
Keywords: halal chicken recipe, halal food truck, halal street cart recipe, halal white sauce, halal white sauce recipe

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Stonyfield. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Skinnytaste possible. All thoughts are my own. Photo credit: Jess Larson.

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  1. This recipe has been a mainstay in our house for a couple years now ! When it gets hot, I start to crave this amazing sauce and the crisp salad. It’s great perfectly as is, but I usually add avocado and pickled peppadew peppers thinly sliced. It’s great with whatever’s on hand – I’ve made a fully veggie salad with greens, avo, cucumber, artichoke hearts and chickpeas with that DRESSING ! So yum. Thank you for this recipe !

  2. Ok so I never write reviews. Like ever. But I just had to share how much I LOVED this recipe. I’ve made it twice in two weeks because it is THAT good. The sauce, chicken flavor and veggies are the perfect combination. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars! I’ve already sent this recipe to quite a few friends and family members. This will definitely be a repetitive staple recipe at my house. 

  3. This turned out great! It was easy, tasty, and healthy. I did end up adding some minced fresh garlic to sauce, as it seemed to need a little something. I definitely recommend adding the harissa (or even sriracha, as I know harissa isn’t always easy to find) to the salad, too. 

  4. Very easy to make and love this twist on chicken thighs!

  5. Delicious!!!!!

  6. This was a delicious dinner!  I marinated the chicken overnight and used my cast iron skillet to cook it, it was so full of flavor!  I will definitely make this again and again!!!!

  7. This is one of our favorites.   I usually grill the chicken and found that Stoneyfield whole milk Greek yogurt gave the sauce a nice zing.  

  8. So delicious! Immediately added to the weeknight rotation. My husband raved and we sent to others to make. Truly delicious and so easy! The flavors were unexpected and unbelievable.

  9. SO SO Good. On weekly rotation in our household. Excellent with rice too.

  10. Excellent recipe. We used chicken breast and loved the sauce! 

  11. This was so delicious, it was ridiculous. My husband had to force himself to stop devouring it. We served it with whole wheat pita and made a sandwich out of it. So yum!

  12. I made this tonight for the second time. It’s so good! Whole family loved it!

  13. This chicken was extremely good! I ended up marinating the chicken for 24 hours. Chicken was so juicy and flavorful. I’ve never had this from a food cart in NYC so i have nothing to compare this to. But reading about it sounded so good, I’m glad I tried it. 
    The white sauce was so-so. I found it kinda boring. I don’t know what it needs, but definitely needs some zing.
    By the way, the recipe suggested you cook for 5 minutes each side, then turn to low for 10 minutes, then slice and cook again for another 10 minutes. That is way too long. Just do 5 minutes each side, slice and then back on for another 10 minutes, just like the video. Not sure if it’s a typo?

  14. This was easy to make and so delicious! I will definitely be making this again!

  15. Finally got around to making this recipe, it’s a great one for meal prep! I used chicken breast and 0% yogurt as that’s what I had in hand and I thought it was great. I’m looking forward to having it again tomorrow for lunch! Thanks, Gina!

  16. Second time I have made this and it’s always so good. I did use non fat Greek yogurt because that is what I had on hand for the “white sauce” and it is soooo good! This will be a regular no doubt. Everyone make this as soon as you can!

  17. Delicious!  The entire family loved it.  

  18. Delicious. I marinated the chicken overnight then grilled it. The sauce was easy to make and made a tasty dressing for the salad i made with chopped baby red butter lettuce,  sliced cherry tomatoes and thin sliced red onion. 

  19. Just put my chicken in to marinate in the morning before lunch. I combined the ingredients for the white sauce in a nitribullet and it came out “runny” and tasted a bit like yogurt. Is this how it’s supposed to be? Doesn’t taste bad though. Followed the recipe to a T 

  20. This is absolutely delicious! The spice blend for the chicken is on point. I did doctor up the yogurt sauce with graham marsala and added chopped cucumber to the salad but, other than that, kept it pretty much the same. I like that this is very easy to prep. I recommend grilling the chicken thighs or preparing them on a griddle pan as it really brings out the flavor. Adding this to my Green plan recipes for sure.

  21. Can I use Fage 0%? I didn’t even realize I had to get whole milk yogurt. Does it matter?

  22. Didn’t the recipe used to call for broiling instead of cooking on stovetop? I’ve made this many times without actually looking at the directions, just the recipe, and I noticed today it doesn’t say broil…. 

  23. An absolute favorite in our house. Great to double and meal prep with. We also “cheat” and use Alabama White Sauce BBQ instead of the yogurt sauce and it’s a great substitute when in a pinch. Thanks Gina!

  24. Wow! I love this recipe so much! I can’t believe I waited so long to make it. This will definitely be in my regular rotation!

  25. I had this for lunch. I cannot wait until tomorrow so I can have it again. I only marinated my chicken for 15 minutes. I think it would make the chicken more tender if I marinate it overnight, but it was still delicious. I feel good after eating it and not bogged down. Good energy for my afternoon. This one is a keeper for me.

  26. Can I marinate the chicken and freeze it or should I marinade same day?

  27. Soooo good. The chicken is so tender. The flavor explodes in my mouth. 

  28. Make this recipe! Seriously — do it. It’s delicious, and the perfect, filling (but not too filling) lunch. Cooking the chicken twice as suggested in the recipe really gives it the charred taste you get from the street cart chicken, and the white sauce balances the heat from the hot sauce perfectly. For the yogurt haters out there (I’m one among you) the sauce does taste yogurt-y when eaten alone, but when mixed into the salad it loses the yogurt tang and just adds a creamy, cooling layer to the dish. SO GOOD!

  29. We LOVE skinny taste in the household! For this recipe I used chicken breast – because that is what I typically have on hand – sliced and then grilled. We also subbed out the yogurt dressing – we are not fans of other yogurt dressings and instead of trying another one – we used Crema Mexicana and added lemon juice, and tajin to the bottle and mixed it up!

    These tasted just like the gyros or shwarma you order from a food cart or restaurant!

  30. A strong favorite at my house. My kids started calling it “yummy chicken” and ask for it weekly.

  31. Loved the white sauce! I didn’t make giant batch but used less yogurt and less mayo but kept everything the same. I bought your cookbook, I can’t wait to try your other recipes!

    It was also filling and enough for me.

  32. I’m sad I didn’t try it sooner! I made it into a shawarma salad with pickles, sriracha, olives, and pickled turnips. My husband and I both LOVED it. 

  33. Made this tonight and it was so good. The only hot sauce I had was some chili garlic sauce so I took half the white sauce and mixed some in and used half and half on my salad and it was great

  34. This was an amazing recipe. I loved how refreshing the salad is! I think it would be delish all put in a pita too. Definitely keeping this recipe in my normal rotation!

  35. This recipe is now a staple in our house. The kids love it, my boyfriend loves it, an aboslute win!

  36. Love this recipe! I serve over rice with a little hummus. I also add tomato and cucumber to the sauce.

  37. I made this a second time today and it was so delicious… again!! Definitely in our cue for delicious recipes to make. The first we made on a skillet indoors and the second time we made on a skillet on our grill. Both delicious! Ate it with rice, cucumbers, and the sauce and both my kids (1 and 3) demolished it. Thank you for a delicious recipe!

  38. Fantastic! Can not wait to make again! Such a great marinade and loved the tangy sauce!

  39. Delicious!

  40. This recipe is delicious! Cooked the thighs in a cast iron until meat therm said 165 degrees and skipped step 6 so the chicken could rest and wouldn’t lose the juices.

  41. I made this with chicken breast because I don’t like dark meat, was a bit dry but a little extra sauce made it perfect!  Great, healthy meal!  Will definitely make this again!!

  42. Love this recipe!! We always double/triple and I just found the ‘servings’ option for printing. Even easier now!!💕

    • This is soooooo good! I make this regularly! Even better out in the bbq or smoker! Tomorrow I am trying with a half-chicken.

  43. I made this today and it was amazing. I used chicken breasts as that’s what I had on hand. Definitely going to add this to our meal prep rotation! My husband took one bite and said “This is ridiculously good”. 

  44. This was absolutely delicious!  Thank you for the recipe.

  45. This turned out even better than I was expecting, SO delicious! I doubled the marinade and spices and let it soak all day. We will definitely be making this regularly. Thanks for another great recipe Gina!

  46. This was a big hit at my house. I doubled the recipe, and followed it with no substitutions. I grilled it on our Traeger and finished in the oven. Then the sauce was to die for. We have never experienced Food Truck chicken living in the PNW, but this was so good!

  47. This chicken is amazing! Made just as written. The yogurt sauce didn’t go over as well with my family (2 picky teenage boys, an 11 yr old girlie, and a picky husband), I even added some garlic powder and onion powder to try to make it more palatable for them, but I enjoyed it! The harissa though, which we had never tried before went over really well!!

  48. Absolutely delicious! I have a hard time finding chicken dishes that my husband won’t roll his eyes at (“Chicken again?? We’re going to grow feathers!!”). Not only does he love having this for dinner, but he always wants to bring another helping of it to work for lunch the next day!

  49. Can this be air fried?

  50. OMG I miss the chicken and rice carts on 53rd ever since moving! This was delicious. Tweaked the white sauce a little and added tahini instead of mayo. And added a bunch of sriarcha since my harissa wasn’t spicy at all. Thanks!

  51. So good, even without the harissa. Second time making this – this time for boyfriend. Direct quote – “I could eat this every day if it were already made in the fridge!” We didn’t go into how anyone could eat anything if it were already made…just chalked it up as compliment. Thank you for another winner!

    • Too funny, glad you both enjoyed it!

      • Have made this multiple times. I use chicken breast and no fat yogurt. Reduces points a lot and since we have never had it with thighs and full fat yogurt we love it this way. Even our grandchildren love this chicken. Like making it for meal prep lunches.

  52. I just finished making and eating this meal. Can you say AMAZINGGGGG! It’s lightweight and delicious. So easy and quick to make. I actually used chicken breast, since I had it already thawed and ready to go, and it was so good. Next I will use chicken thighs. Thank you for this recipe.

  53. This recipe was excellent! My entire family loved it and I will definitely be making this again. Added rice to make it more filling for the kids. Great flavors!!

  54. This was so easy to make and really good!!!

  55. love this – made it in a grill pan and on the grill. Definitely recommend marinating a couple hours at minimum- thanks for another family fave- I served with pita and hummus as well.

  56. We loved this!!! So good, thanks for sharing!

  57. This meal was fantastic! I had planned to use it for meal prep but instead made for dinner one night this week. The flavors were delicious and even my daughter enjoyed the chicken and yogurt sauce.

  58. This was SOOOOO good! It seems so simple but my husband and I both loved it. I’m looking forward to the leftovers for dinner tonight!

  59. This is very similar to a Shawarma salad in Toronto, which is served with greens, coleslaw, onions, pickled turnips, pickle spears, tahini and garlic sauce, and hot pepper sauce. As a substitute, was very delicious. Hubby liked a lot, and it was fast to make. 

  60. OMG! THIS WAS SO GOOD! Another big win from Gina! I pickled the red onion in a little red wine vinegar because we’re not huge fans of raw onions and added a little garlic powder to the yogurt sauce. SO GOOD! Curious to see how this would fair with chicken or turkey breast to bring down the points even more?

  61. This chicken is the BOMB! Unbelievably tasty. I will make this over and over again. Thanks for another winner, Gina!

  62. Such a fantastic recipe! The chicken was super flavorful and the yogurt sauce was to die for. And really quick and easy to make. Definitely key to cook on a higher temp to make it brown nicely and keep it from getting to soft. Loved it and will make again and again….

  63. Really excellent!  This one is going on our favourites list.

  64. Yum. I love the halal food carts in NYC. They are always on the list when we are there. Now, this didn’t take me all the way back, BUT I really enjoyed it and will definitely make it again. I made Harissa from scratch (Bon Appetit recipe) and did a quick pickle on the red onion. I’ve made this twice now – once as a vehicle for tacos and once as a salad. It was great both ways.

  65. This was so easy to make and incredibly delicious! I didn’t have any turmeric so I left it out and I only had 2% greek yogurt but I think it worked fine.  We liked it so much that I made it 2 days in a row!  This recipe, like many of your recipes will become part of the regular rotation…Thank you!!!

  66. I’ve never been able to successfully make chicken thighs on the stove. Cooked this in a cast iron pan, I think it went faster. These were amazing and I think I’m sold on thighs instead of breasts. the fresh lemon sets these off. I added garlic and onion powders to the white sauce and it’s perfect for me. Easy and highly recommended!

  67. Another keeper! The seasoned chicken with this white sauce is absolutely delicious. We had it over rice for dinner tonight and we’re looking forward to having leftovers again tomorrow night.  Thank you Gina for all your hard work creating these delicious recipes.  

  68. Can this be made into a freezer meal somehow? 

  69. Wow, I’ve loved a lot of recipes on your site, but this may be one of the best! The chicken was so juicy and the combo of the onions and tomatoes with the white sauce–perfect! We ate it over buttered rice instead of lettuce. Two questions–1) my husband is not a fan of yogurt. Is there a way to end up with more of the chicken sauce in the pan? Is it just a matter of doubling the olive oil and spices, do you think? 2) That white sauce is sooo good, I’m trying to think of what else to eat it on/over. Any ideas? (It worked pretty well on an english muffin for breakfast.)

    • You could make a sauce with the chicken bits left on the pan after you’re done. Olive oil, wine or more lemon juice; maybe some onions and garlic 

  70. Delicious! Everyone loved this chicken tonight, including 3 kids. I marinated it for several hours.

  71. This was by far the best recipe I have made from your site, maybe the best I’ve ever made period! Easy and healthy and just so so good!

  72. This was so easy and so delicious! My family was literally fighting over who gets to eat the last few pieces. Thank you so much! I am new to the site and really enjoying so many good and easy recipes! 

  73. This is spectacular! I’ve been “off” chicken for awhile since it always seems dry to me, but using the thighs with this seasoning and method of cooking has been wonderful. The sauce is great, too. All-around perfect recipe! Thank you.

  74. I truly love this recipe for a weekday lunch! I marinated the chicken for 4 hours and used Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce instead of harissa since the only harissa I have is a paste and can’t be drizzled. I can’t wait to make this chicken again!!

  75. Made this tonight and it was so good! 

  76. OMG I just stumbled upon this and I’ve been missing my chicken and rice guys from when I worked in NYC too! Would eat chicken and rice with white and hot sauce at least once a week and after a nice late night out with friends. 🙂 I need to make this tomorrow, thank you!!

  77. I have made a lot of your recipes over the years and I have to say I pretty much like them all. This one, though. This. One. So Good. Close your eyes and shake your head good. My 3 kiddos also ate it all up. Immediately shared it on Facebook. Thank you!!

  78. I’ve been seeing many people on FB making this and always wanted to do it – so I finally made it – and oh am I glad that I did. It was AMAZING. I used FF Greek yogurt and added garlic and diced cucumber to the sauce and air fried my chicken. It was AMAZING. Served it over farro and with a low carb pita bread. Made it for dinner last night and am having it again for lunch today 🙂 THANKS GINA!!!

  79. Super yummy. Had my kids make it in wraps and they loved it. I made extra for leftovers. Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!!

  80. thank goodness for a full fat dairy ingredient!
    even if it is a sponsored post

  81. First time making this recipe tonight. Me and hubby loved the entire salad. This will definitely be a weekly meal. My kids loved the chicken!! Thanks so much for your awesome recipes

  82. When you are counting calories and trying to lose weight, this is one of those recipes that will make you sing. The chicken is absolutely delicious. I used my own Instant Pot Greek yogurt to make the dressing, and it is divine. It’s a nice, filling meal, and perfect for meal prep. We’re losing weight and eating better than ever now, with all of these wonderful, healthy recipes!

  83. I’m an avid follower @skinnytaste and once again Gina proves why she is my hero! This recipe is DELICIOUS!! We had this for dinner last night and it was so gratifying to make another great dish for my family thanks to Gina. I had 2 servings left over and packed them for lunch to share with a coworker. She agrees that it was phenomenal. We cleaned out plates clean! I also made saffron rice from Mahatma to accompany it and together it felt like the NYC food cart experience (which I make sure to visit the original corner EACH time I’m in NYC). This is the closest I will get to it back at home in Texas. Thanks Gina!

  84. Loved this dish, so different and so good! I made rice and yogurt flatbread to accompany mine and the family was pleased! I almost didn’t buy the harissa sauce but am so glad I did. Loved the flavors.

  85. I made this (with rice for my kids) in my Dutch oven on the stovetop and they cleaned their plates (6 and 8 yr olds.) I will say, please please please use the recommended whole milk yogurt. I did not, and we could not use the sauce (I used non-fat, it was what I had in the fridge). I substituted the lack of sauce with lite sour cream and some garlic salt, dill and chives, a little bit of cider vinegar and Frank’s.

  86. Made the chicken exactly as is and then cooked it on the smoker. Ended up tripling the recipe and attempting to freeze the chicken because we loved it so much. I did not even bother making the sauce because the chicken was so delicious. Highly recommend. 

  87. How much chicken and white sauce is in one salad serving?

  88. Hi! Another amazing recipe! I am new to freestyle points and recently joined weight watchers. When I input the recipe I only come up with 6 freestyle SP. Did I mess something up? Thank you!

  89. The shopping list calls for Harissa sauce, but don’t see it in the recipe 

  90. I can’t stop making variations of this dish! I’ve made it exactly like the recipe but also with tofu, cauliflower, buddah bowls, all of it. It’s so damn good!!

  91. Is the white sauce factored into the nutrition info? And how much of the white sauce is intended for a serving? I don’t believe the 1.25 cups should be divided by 4 but maybe I’m wrong! (BTW, made this a while back it is wonderful as everyone is saying! Just need to know how much sauce to use as I meal prep) Thank you!

  92. Trying this in the air fryer this evening. Pan-frying in our house tends to set off the smoke detectors and our vents for the stove don’t work well. I don’t have time to marinate overnight, but I hope it will be good. I do have a food saver so I am hoping that will help with flavor.

  93. We grilled the chicken, and this has been our favorite meal of the summer so far. We are already planning to have it again next week! I recommend following the sauce recipe exactly with the Stonyfield yogurt.

  94. So glad I found this recipe! My husband I both loved it and he is picky! Adding this to our dinner rotation!

  95. This is so good, it doesn’t even make sense. Definitely marinate the chicken overnight and while I frequently take liberties with ingredients and seasoning, I highly recommend this recipe be followed exactly as written for the best results. Absolutely one of my faves. 

  96. Made this tonight. Everyone loved it. Will make again.

  97. Every time i make this, the crowd goes wild! We have doubled and tripled this recipe, and every time, it comes out fantastic! Thank you!! As a former New Yorker, I really really love this recipe.

  98. This was amazing! I’m terrible at pan frying, so I used the chicken setting on my air fryer (20 minutes). They were perfect!

  99. I am fairly new to your website & facebook group and am enjoying both so much. This recipe looks delicious so I’ll be shopping for it today. 

  100. I have made this twice so far. Both times, I served it with rice pilaf (my kids wouldn’t eat it with salad) and some naan or pita bread. I haven’t really bothered with the white sauce because I didn’t have the ingredients on hand the first time I made it and didn’t miss it (the friend who shared the recipe with me said that her family didn’t care for the white sauce anyway). I served it with store bought harissa. The flavor is very good. For me this is a solid 4.5 stars. It’s really easy to prepare and comes together easily. Only thing missing to me would be a slight kick to the chicken. Next time, I may add a touch of cayenne to the spice marinade.

  101. This was incredible!!  We grilled ours and it was soooo yummy!!😍

  102. Hi , I’m on a Keto Diet and love this chicken . My question is , is this keto friendly and if No why. Is is the sugar in the white sauce ? Thx  

    • I just read your comment and I recently discovered that KF means kid friendly, when it is keto is just a K, maybe by now you already know that.

  103. I am a New Yorker that loves street cart lamb and chicken.  This recipe is absolutely amazing.  The white sauce, though not exactly street cart tasting goes soooo well with the seasonings of the chicken.  Everyone who tastes this loves it!.  I add way more garlic, curry powder and some yogurt to marinate the chicken.  I love making this!

  104. Hello!
    Thank you for a link to the containers you love.  Quick question- how are the lids and have you had any problems with chipping?
    Thank you,
    Jane Montes

  105. This was a HUGE hit with the family, especially with my pickiest eater. Great flavor and easy to make. I made it Monday and it was requested again last night.

  106. Delicious! We used chicken breast and it was still moist and flavourful. I added garlic to the yogurt sauce. A new regular recipe! Even kids liked it. We served with choice of rice or salad.

  107. Is sweet paprika the same as just regular paprika?  Or is it something else?  Could you use regular paprika? And has anyone tried the sauce with Greek yogurt?  It’s all I have on hand. Thanks!

    • I used regular paprika and NF greek yogurt because it’s what I had. Also light mayo and chick breast. I think it’s like 1 pt or zero and it’s still yum 🙂

  108. This was so good. I did make it with non fat yogurt though and can see why it would be better with full fat. However, the nonfat yogurt choice brought it in at a total of 3 pts!

    Thanks so much, i love your site and your cookbooks!

  109. I’ve been trying to find a recipe to match the lemon chicken sold at the carts at Yale School of Medicine. What they make is truly delicious. This is close but not quite. This is tasty but I felt it is missing something. I’m not sure what it is. I added coriander. I like it a bit spicier. Maybe curry powder or garam masala. I’ll carry on experimenting.

  110. This was absolutely delicious! I added garlic and garlic powder and more lemon to the white sauce. I did what another reviewer did and ate it in a pocket pita and it was amazing. My portion of the salad fit into two halves of a pita, so one full pita. So good. We will definitely be making this again.

  111. I’ve made this twice already and it’s AMAZING! So easy but so incredibly delicious. Thank you for this recipe!

  112. I can’t wait to make this for my lunches next week! One question though, I only have a dried Harissa spice blend. Can I add some oils to make it a sauce to drizzle or make just sprinkle it on top? I’m reluctant to buy something else I may not need…..

  113. This recipe is delicious!! Tastes so close to the real thing that she describes. I add a little bit of garlic to the white sauce – personal preference! 

    • fresh garlic?  Or garlic powder?  I was tempted to do this but I was afraid of messing the dressing up and not liking it.

  114. I doubled this and made it today for meal prepped lunches throughout the week. I used 30oz chicken per recipe as that’s what came in the package. It smelled so good I had to sneak a portion for dinner. It was AMAZING. Flavorful, filling, and super high protein. Winner winner chicken dinner (or lunch)! I see it being in heavy rotation.

  115. I haven’t had this in its assembled form yet, but I couldn’t resist sampling the chicken after it was done and it was INCREDIBLE. I modified my white sauce a little because I didn’t love the initial flavor; I just added a little extra lemon juice, some oregano, and garlic powder to taste. Really looking forward to putting it all together! 

  116. Oh one thing to add! I found that this recipe was only enough for two people. I think if it was stretched to four, we would have been fighting over the chicken…..

  117. THIS WAS SO GOOD!! I made the mistake of leaving the skin on the chicken thighs, but the end results was AMAZING. The combination of the spices, chicken, sauce and prepared harissa was a massive win in my household. Will be adding to the recipe rotation. I marinated my chicken all day in the fridge and it was incredibly flavorful. Can’t wait to make again!

  118. This was amazing! A new favorite for sure. I’m thinking that i’ll Add some roasted corn next time. Thank you!

  119. could you make the chicken in the Instapot?

  120. This is amazing!! I absolutely loved it! The white sauce was delicious! Ever since my first visit to NYC I have dreamed of those food carts and that dreamy white sauce! The seasoning on the chicken was amazing as well. Thanks Gina!

  121. Could you make the chicken in the air fryer or oven? Thanks!

  122. Delicious! Definitely will make again

  123. Just made this for dinner and it was amazing!  Best thing I’ve made in months.  My kids 3,5 loved it too.  I didn’t have turmeric so I used curry powder.  I will be making this again Monday it’s so good!

  124. This recipe is absolutely fantastic! It is a new family favorite. 

  125. Delicious (and easy to make) salad! We had it last night and my family loved it.

  126. I’m so excited to make this tomorrow!! Sorry to bug you, but for WW points…do you know how many points a tablespoon of the dressing is? Thanks!!! 

  127. Modified by grilling chicken, and it came out amazing!  The flavor on the chicken is out of this world!

  128. Will definitely make this! I’ll go with the variation and add rice for my husband :). Thank you for the recipe, Gina!

  129. Gina,

    Another winner! (As if there was any doubt!) I mixed in the harissa (about 1tsp) in the white sauce mix (sacrilegious I’m sure) turned out great! Thanks for the amazing recipe! 

  130. OMG, totally delicious !!!!!  I just cooked it and the whole family absolutely loved it ! The white sauce is perfect! I added sriracha on top of it.
    Thank you !

  131. This was so good! Thank you for another great lunch.

  132. Great flavor. Way more white sauce than needed for the recipe (which is great if you want leftovers, but if you are just looking to have enough for this recipe, or to use one single-serve yogurt cup rather than a full measured cup of yogurt–you’ll be fine halving the recipe for the white sauce).

  133. One of the best!  Just made it and it was incredibly delicious.  Will definitely make it again…maybe even in a few days.  Thank you for sharing.  

  134. I loved  loved  this receipt. My granddaughter  joined me for lunch I must confess I added pineapple chunks to the salad thr chicken was perfect and so was the sauce . My only complaint and that of my guest was this was enough for only two not enough chicken for two we are both very slight $110 lbs and not  big eaters . My niece had made it earlier in the week and she had the same complaint .. iceberg has no value so I used red leaf lettuce. I will make it again with more chicken😛

  135. Made this tonight. It was amazing! 

  136. OH MY GOODNESS this was so good. I miss getting this over rice on the street in NYC now that I no longer work there. I never wanted to know what was in the white sauce (and I always asked for extra). It tasted exactly the same and I didn’t mind it over lettuce at all!

  137. I made this last night for dinner and it was fantastic! Used hot sauce in place of harissa and served it on pita bread for the full food cart experience – in a word: YUM. Brought the leftovers to work today as a salad and it was equally good, even with the chicken cold. I will be making this recipe over and over again. Thanks for the recipes, Gina – my boyfriend and I are big fans of yours!

  138. This was so delicious!! We will definitely be making it again. 

  139. I feel like I just ate in my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant.  Thank you!

  140. I used Greek yogurt and it’s a bit thick. Is it supposed to be a thin saice?

  141. Wow. I was pretty skeptical knowing how good the real thing is, but also how fattening. I think one serving at the meat cart in Baltimore is around 1400 calories, but this is delicious! Making it tonight for the second time this week. Thank you!!! Your recipes are always so delicious, easy to make, and use real food. So good!

  142. This might be one of my favorite chicken dishes of all time. It’s so perfect.  The white sauce and harissa combo is my new addiction. 

  143. Do you eat this when the chicken is hot?   I would like to meal prep this and was wondering if I should pack the chicken separately and reheat and assemble the salad at work?

  144. Oh my this is just lovely, as all your recipes. I always follow recipes and never change anything. Lunch was chicken pot pie soup.

  145. This was an incredibly delicious dinner for us!  I’m definitely looking forward to the leftovers for lunch! Do you k ow what the points value would change to if we used chicken breasts?  Thanks!  

  146. Hi Gina, 
    I love your recipes.   I was sharing your site with my girlfriend 
    and she’s on weight watchers.  She wants to know if your
    freestyle points are based on weight watchers points? 

  147. This was delicious! I just discovered your meal plans and they are very helpful in meal prep. Thank you!

  148. This is amazing! I’m making it for the second time in a week. 

  149. This was awesome. Thanks for another great recipe!

  150. Tried this recipe and enjoyed it..thanks.

  151. This is so so so delicious! Second time making it! Easy and so so flavorful! Good over batsmati rice too!!

  152. I cook for my boyfriend all the time and I recently made this and he said he thinks its the best thing I’ve ever made…thank you!

  153. This was fantastic, and that’s putting it mildly because I woke up craving it for breakfast!  We cooked our chicken on the barbecue so it was nice and charred (bonus: no dishes!).  The flavours were amazing yet it was so simple to make. Hard to imagine a salad could feel so junky. It will definitely be on regular rotation, but next time  I will try it with breast to lower the points to 3 smart points. 

  154. Tastes very much like the Halal food carts in NYC. We added garlic to the white sauce just because we love garlic. And we also bbq’d the chicken. It was delicious and we would definitely do both of those changes again. 

  155. What is the serving size for the yogurt dressing and harissa? Made it last night and absolutely loved it!

  156. Made this exactly as suggested and it was so good and easy for lunches.  I heated the chicken each day and boy was my office jealous!  Smells and tastes wonderful.  Thank you so much for the effort in making these recipes.  Makes cooking enjoyable!!

  157. Very easy to make and the taste is just delicious! I will definitely be trying more of your recipes!

  158. Gina you did it again! This recipe tasted exactly the way I thought it would. The flavors were perfect, the chicken was on point, and that dressing! I followed the recipe to a T, just added a 1/2 c. of jasmine rice to my bowl for some needed carbs after the gym! My husband has asked me to add this to the meal rotation!

  159. Absolutely fantastic. My son and husband raved over it. This will enter in the regular rotation. Thank you for yet another great recipe!

  160. I just this prepped this meal again Gina….twice in one week. My family loved it… and we even had enough white sauce so I don’t have to make it again. I will say that I did use the 0% greek yogurt because that’s what I had on hand and just thinned it out with a little milk. Still super good. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!

  161. Cannot wait to try this! My boyfriend does keto so I’m going to subsititute Greek yogurt and leave out the sugar to make it slightly lower carb for him. 

  162. I just made this for dinner and it was fantastic! It was better than I imagined and super easy to make. 

  163. I made this tonight and it was so good! I substituted breasts for the thighs and cooked everything for half the time the recipe said. I have been trying to find a relatively quick weeknight dinner that was healthy and this hits all points! Taking it to work tomorrow as left overs.

  164. OMG….. this recipe was sooooo good. I was just lamenting that fact that I can’t ever seem to get chicken just right when I cook it on the stove top. But this recipe was easy and delicious and my whole family loved it too. Leftovers for lunch the next day was just as good and made my coworkers green with envy!!

  165. You should rename this Slap Yo Momma salad, because this is sooo good!!!

  166. I use to be able to print the recipe with pictures and now I cannot. Does anyone know why? Recipes without pictures are not that appealing.

  167. Made this over the weekend thinking it would be a more complicated recipe, but it was SO easy and delicious, I’m sure we will be having this on a weeknight very soon! We marinated the chicken for about 8-10 hours and it was perfect. I used chicken tenderloins instead of thighs, and they only took about 5 minutes per side over medium-high heat in my nonstick skillet. I know chicken thighs are more authentic, but the tenders still came out very juicy. We used 2% Fage Greek Yogurt for the sauce because that’s what we had on hand, and it was addictively good. Served it with rice/quinoa blend, spinach, and Joseph’s pita, and my boyfriend basically licked his plate. Consider this added to the rotation. Thanks for yet another winner, Gina! I’ve been cooking your recipes (and telling friends about your site/books) since 2012.

  168. Love this stuff! Such a fun and different-ish thing to spice things up in the recipe rotation. 

  169. Excellent recipe – I would eat this every week – so easy to make and tastes delish! Thank you for so many amazing recipes.

  170. This was super delicious!! I used Stubb’s Srirsacha sauce as my final drizzle on the chicken. WOW! So good! I served the chicken with roasted red potatoes and broccoli. Thanks for this super easy and delicious meal!

  171. This was FANTASTIC! I used a spicy harissa and grilled the chicken thighs. This is going into regular rotatoon, for sure!

  172. My husband and I loved this! It’s a welcome change of pace for chicken and comes together quickly.

  173. I just made this last night and served it with brown rice pilaf.  Love the sauce! It was a hit with my kids too! I doubled the recipe, so I can do meal prep for this week’s lunches. Thank you, Gina! 😊

  174. This was so good! I marinated the chicken for 24 hours and it was A-MAZing! I substituted fat free Greek yogurt and Light Heman’s mayo because that’s what I had in the house. I’m sure it would have been better made as she directed, but it was fine with the substitutions. I will be making this one again.

  175. This looks wonderful! I have all of the ingredients, so will be making this for lunches this week. I hope you continue to provide us with these wonderful meal plans. Thank you

  176. Why is there not a place to pin recipe on your sight? At top just takes to your sight….

  177. Amazingly delicious! The sauce and the chicken spices were incredible.

  178.  This chicken was SO GOOD. We liked it in the salad, I also made it a second time with brown rice and chopped cucumber and roasted red peppers and that was also delicious. Another winner!! 

  179. This was amazing! Husband also loved it! This will go into our regular meal rotation. 

  180. We LOVED this dish so much I made it twice this week! Marinated the chicken for 2 days, delicious!

    I added 2 packs of splenda instead of sugar to white sauce.
    We made the salad and Gyros with Tumaros low in carb wrap whoke wheat 1 WW smart point.
    Sharing the recipe with my family and friends.!!!

  181. This was freaking delicious! I was only able to find 2% plain yogurt and I still found the sauce to be packed with flavor. My 1 year old son was dunking his chicken pieces in the white sauce with reckless abandon. He probably would’ve drank it if I allowed it.

  182. Loved this recipe! I added some red chilli flakes to the white sauce and picked jalapenos and avocado with the salad. Will definitely add this to our dinner rotation, everybody loved it.

  183. I don’t always leave reviews, but this recipe was SO GOOD, I couldn’t resist letting everyone know! Definitely a permanent addition to our recipes, and perfect for lunch or a lighter dinner. Now excuse me while I go eat my leftovers…

  184. Gina, made this tonight and it is delicious! One of our new regulars I think! Would I be able to do in crock pot or instant pot? Would I have to add any liquid? 

  185. This is delicious! Definitely a keeper. My husband even asked to bring leftovers for lunch tomorrow, and for him that’s saying a lot!!!

  186. Oh my gosh Gina this was amazing! I made it exactly as written, quick and easy. I can’t wait to make it again next week!

  187. Oh my goodness. This was amazing. Definitely will make in the future. I didn’t buy the yogurt suggested and just bought an individual cup of plain Greek yogurt. And took the suggestion to add garlic and onion powder to the dressing. Really impressed. Can’t wait to try on the bbq.

  188. I don’t have a nonstick griddle but I do have a cast iron one that I’m trying to learn how to use. What would you suggest for that?

  189. That was one of the best meals I ever made! 100% success. Beautiful to look at, even better to eat. Thank you so much. Its on the permanent menu!

  190. This was amazing!!  I loved it!

  191. Making this tonight and can’t wait to try! I just made the white sauce though and can’t figure out what I did wrong. It tastes way too much like yogurt. I got the Wegmans organic pre&probiotic whole milk plain yogurt and the dressing is too tangy. Any help with how to correct? Or is it supposed to have strong yogurt taste? Does it need to sit in the fridge for a while to marinate? Thank you!!

    • I’m having the same issue with the white sauce as well… wonder what I did wrong! 

    • Oddly this was a bit too sweet for me for the white sauce. I used fage 2% yogurt and light mayo. I have never had an original version of this so no idea if was suppose to be sweetish. Next time will halve the sugar, add garlic and maybe touch more lemon juice 

  192. This was just ok. I couldn’t find harissa so maybe that was part of the problem, but this didn’t seem to have much flavor, and I didn’t find it worth the 8 points for a salad. 

  193. I’ve recently started eating healthier but I wanted something tasty. This recipe has definetly satisfied my craving! Thank you so much for this recipe! Also, have plenty of left overs!

  194. Made it last night for dinner and had leftovers today for lunch — absolutely delicious!!!

  195. This was amazing. I love chicken in all forms, but I do get tired of the same flavors over again. This was tasty, distinct and remarkable. I will definitely make this again.

  196. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. The seasoning on the chicken was spot on and I only had time to marinate for about 15 minutes. I used chicken breasts instead of thighs, cut into 1 inch peices and cooked in a skillet until juices were absorbed & the chicken started to char. Also added an extra tablespoon of mayo + 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and a few shakes of garlic & onion powder to the sauce. Quick & easy recipe to be added to our weeknight rotation! Yum!

  197. I love all of your recipes! Thank you so much for making yummy, nutritious and satisfying food and sharing it with us. I have lost 35 pounds and counting the past 9 months using a lot of your recipes and exercising 4-5 times per week.

    P.S. I highly recommend a little cous cous on the side for this one too!

  198. We have a restaurant based on this. I was disappointed as the white sauce was too mayo for my taste. I would like to try the chicken on the grill and use tzatziki instead. Thanks for the idea.

  199. I made this for my lunch this week! My boyfriend smelled it while I was cooking it and so now I am sharing with him 😊. I was not going to make it because it was late, and I was tired, but then I thought, “It’s a Gina recipe so you know it will be great.”. And, it is!

  200. Am I understand these cook times? A total of 27 minutes in the pan? Just want to make sure I don’t end up with dried up chewy leather. 

  201. I am wondering if the 8 freestyle points are without the white sauce drizzle? 

    • With everything listed. I have learned that Gina includes everything in the Freestyle points unless it is marked with optional next to the ingredient.

  202. Made this for dinner tonight….so delicious!
    Added some brown rice for my husband and splurged some points for a pita bread. The sauce was so good. Used sriracha for the hirrisa .thank you!!

  203. Made this tonight for supper. An absolute winner!! Thank you!

  204. Seriously delicious!!!! I can’t wait to share with my family!! The white yogurt sauce is the perfect dressing! I added a few cucumbers to the salad – I am licking my fingers with every bite 😂

  205. I’m vegetarian.  I’m going to try this recipe and sub chickpeas.  Looks really good

  206. Looks amazing, thanks!  I could live off your shawarma for years!  This looks just as tasty.  Thanks for all you do.

  207. How do you make Harrissa?? If not, What brand can I buy from the store? 

    • Hi Tiffany, this recipe has directions for making it at home and a link to my favorite brand..

  208. Can you leave out the mayo ( or add something else?)

    • Made it without mayo and it was great! 

      Actually made it with Labneh, which is a kind of thick middle eastern yogurt, as I happened to have that and it seemed appropriate for this middle eastern recipe. But it was a bit too thick (more like greek yogurt) so harder to spread.
      But I loved it and just came back to the recipe as I am making it again.

  209. I am SO excited to try this for next week’s lunches!

  210. So much focus on the white sauce, not enough on the chicken. What is halal chicken? Food nationality?

    • The chicken is amazing! The food trucks are usually Palestinian but Halal is not a cuisine, it’s the way the chicken is killed much like Kosher.

  211. Can you use an air fryer?

    • I used my airfryer tonight. I marinated the chicken for an hour. Sprayed the airfryer with Pam. Cooked at 350 for 8 – 10 minutes. However I was using chicken breast tenderloins. So if you were using the chicken thighs it would be longer. I would check your air fryer manual for chicken cooking time. I must say, it turned out amazing! I absolutely love this salad. It may be a weekly thing for me.

  212. This looks delicious.  Can’t wait to try.  Kudos to you for anticipating many of the questions often asked by your readers!!!

  213. Can these flavors meld in the slow cooker (thighs always seem to come out well )?  Would then spoon it over rice or greens?

  214. Hi! How much of the white sauce did you use on each portion when calculating calories?

  215. This looks amazing! Any suggestions for someone dairy-free? Plain Forager cashewgurt, maybe?
    Or coconut milk full fat?

  216. This looks amazing! Do you add any oil to pan before cooking chicken?

  217. Can you instant pot this?

  218. Do you think sour cream can be an alternative for the yogurt? Or what would you suggest as an alternative to keep this lower in carbs? 

  219. What can I substitute for harissa if I can’t find it by me?

    • If you look up her harissa chicken recipe, she uses a jar of roasted red peppers and maybe some other things to make her own harissa.

    • Do you have access to a Trader Joes? They have an excellent harissa. Stonewall Kitchen used to make one, as well.

  220. I was just looking for a skinny version of my favorite white sauce!! Thanks again for another great recipe.

  221. So excited to try this one out! I love the grilled chicken shawarma recipe, and this is a great variation of that. Yum 🙂

  222. Wow, this looks so good!  I’m going to make the chicken this weekend and serve it over a fatoosh salad with pita.  Thanks Gina!  Your recipes never disappoint!!

  223. GINA!!! I am so excited to try this recipe. I go to a cart close to my job at least once a week. I would love to make this at home. Thank you!!! Will try it this weekend.

  224. Where is the nutritional info?