These easy and healthy chicken shawarma bowls pack in all the flavors of your favorite takeout chicken shawarma plate. Drizzle with homemade lemon garlic tahini sauce and enjoy!

two chicken shawarma bowls drizzled with lemon garlic tahini

I’m always looking for easy, healthy weeknight meals that make everyone in my family happy! This is hard to achieve with kids, which is why I love the “build your own” bowl dinner. This way, everyone can pick and choose the ingredients they want, and I know it’s all healthy.

These healthy, protein-packed bowls are Paleo, Whole30, and dairy-free, truly something for everyone! Topped with delicious shawarma sauces like my homemade lemon tahini or Whole30 tzatziki, this delicious recipe will top your meal rotation in no time!

How to Make Chicken Shawarma Bowls

This Middle Eastern dish is typically made with thinly-sliced garlicky chicken or lamb served on pitas with sauce. The term “shawarma” or “shawerma” means “turning” in Arabic. The meat was typically stacked and cooked on a vertical rotisserie. For my version, it’s all about the marinade! The combination of spices, lemon, and olive oil marinated on chicken thighs or chicken breasts gives you tender, juicy chicken with tons of amazing flavor.

ingredients to make chicken shawarma with marinade

Ingredients for Shawarma Bowls

Chicken: For this recipe, you can use chicken breasts or chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are darker meat, so the fat tenderizes the chicken and creates a delicious flavor, however, chicken breasts will also work!

marinated chicken, onions, and garlic in a bowl

Spices: Some people buy a pre-made shawarma spice mix, but if you have the spices on hand, it’s super easy to make your own.

My shawarma marinade combines salt, turmeric, cumin, paprika, coriander, crushed red pepper, ground cloves, and cinnamon with minced garlic, sliced onions, olive oil, and lemon juice.

a bowl filled with the ingredients. to make homemade shawarma tahini sauce

Homemade Tahini Sauce: Authentic chicken shawarma dishes typically come with delicious sauces like tahini and tzatziki. My homemade lemon garlic tahini is super easy to make and just includes a few ingredients. Combine tahini paste, minced garlic, lemon juice, water, and salt, and drizzle!

You can also check out my easy Whole30 Tzatziki Sauce if you want to top your bowls with that as well.

These easy and healthy chicken shawarma bowls pack in all the flavors of your favorite takeout chicken shawarma plate. Drizzle with homemade lemon garlic tahini sauce and enjoy!

Sheet Pan Cooking Method

This recipe is great because your oven does all the work! Simply place your marinated chicken, onions, and any extra marinade on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes at 425F.

Remove from oven, and serve the cooked chicken in bowls with greens, cauliflower rice, diced cucumber, and tomato with a drizzle of the tahini sauce. Enjoy! 

More Easy Whole30 Chicken Recipes

Healthy Chicken Salad with Grapes

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Baked Butter Chicken Meatballs

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Mary’s Tips & Tricks

How to Serve Chicken Shawarma Bowls: Serve the cooked chicken in bowls with greens, cauliflower rice, diced cucumber, and tomato with a scoop of my Whole30 Tzatziki Sauce & a drizzle of the tahini sauce. Enjoy!

Storing Leftovers: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Meal Prep: These chicken bowls are the perfect meal prep meal. Make a big batch on Sunday, make individual bowls, and store in meal prep containers. Serve warm or cold with a dollop of tzatziki and a drizzle of tahini sauce.

Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma Bowl with cauliflower rice, tomatoes, parsley, lemon, tzatziki, and lemon tahini dressing

FAQs

Can I freeze chicken shawarma? Yes! Store in a freezer-safe, airtight container. Defrost overnight in the fridge and heat in the microwave for 3-5 min, or in the oven on 350F for 15-20 min.

What else can I make with leftover chicken shawarma? If you’re not eating Whole30, use leftover chicken to make chicken shawarma wraps. Find your favorite gluten-free pita bread or wrap, stuff it with the contents of the bowls, and serve with tzatziki or tahini sauce. Chicken shawarma wraps for the win!

What other sauces can I serve with chicken shawarma bowls? The most popular chicken shawarma sauces are tahini and tzatziki sauces. In this recipe, I include my homemade lemon garlic tahini, but check out my Whole30 Tzatziki Sauce for added flavor and creaminess.

How many calories are in chicken shawarma? For one delicious and filling chicken shawarma bowl, it’s just 469 calories! The perfect lunch or dinner meal.

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Recipe by: Mary’s Whole Life

Photos by: Casey from The Mindful Hapa

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Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma Bowls

These easy and healthy chicken shawarma bowls pack in all the flavors of your favorite takeout chicken shawarma plate. Drizzle with homemade lemon garlic tahini sauce and enjoy!
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into thin strips
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp turmeric
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Lemon Garlic Tahini Sauce

  • ½ cup tahini paste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt

Equipment

  • large sheet pan

Instructions
 

  • Add the chicken strips and sliced onion to a large resealable plastic bag or shallow baking dish. 
  • Combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and spices in a bowl and whisk. Pour the marinade over the chicken and onions and toss to coat. Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. Overnight is ideal!
  • Preheat your oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Dump the chicken and onions (along with any marinade) onto the baking sheet and spread out in an even layer. You don't want any pieces of chicken overlapping so they cook evenly!
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • While the chicken is baking, prepare the lemon garlic tahini sauce. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix using a hand-held immersion blender. Alternatively, you can blend them up in a regular blender or pulse in a food processor until smooth. Add water if needed to get it to your desired consistency!
  • Serve the cooked chicken in bowls with greens, cauliflower rice, diced cucumber, and tomato with a scoop of my Whole30 tzatziki sauce & a drizzle of the tahini sauce. Enjoy! 

Notes

See notes above for freezing instructions and answers to other FAQs!

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 771mg, Potassium: 735mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 3mg