Chicken Schwarma Salad


I had never heard of schwarma, let alone tasted it, until my freshman year of college.

Actually, it was the weekend before college began, and I had attended church with the roommate of a friend since this friend was out of town at a conference. After sitting through a rather lengthy, awkward service with a dude who I had just met and a ton of other strangers, which was a bit much for shy 18-year-old Erin, my new friend and I were invited to have lunch with some other members and a girl who I actually had met the summer before while working at a camp.

We went to a Lebanese restaurant… and I was completely overwhelmed looking at the menu, so I chose the first thing that sounded like it wouldn’t be too over-the-top to my untested tastebuds — Chicken Schwarma.

Needless to say, I fell in love with the dish that day, and throughout my college career, I ate my fill of schwarma.

Then I left South Louisiana and discovered schwarma is rather challenging to find. So challenging, in fact, that when we were living in Nashville, my husband got fed up about our lack of schwarma and decided to make our own.

While it’s not the same as the restaurant-made schwarma, it’s pretty darn good. And if I ever get a spit (A SPIT!), it will be even more out-of-control delicious… though I doubt my husband will let me set it up in the lawn and roast whole animals on it. (My Big Fat Greek Wedding reference… Bueller?)

Here is our recipe for Chicken Schwarma:

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Chicken Schwarma
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Lebanese
Serves: 4
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 3 garlic cloves
  1. Pound out the chicken into thin pieces, and set aside.
  2. Combine marinade and toss over chicken in a baking dish.
  3. Allow time to marinate for two hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Once chicken has marinated for the appropriate amount of time, throw it on the grill.
  5. Grill until chicken is cooked through, then slice into pieces and enjoy over pita with Tzatziki sauce and hummus.


And my favorite way to consume schwarma is on top of a bed of baby spinach with purple onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta cheese, topped with a mixture of Greek dressing and Tzatziki Sauce.

It is SO. Good.


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  • LifeisaRunFebruary 11, 2013 - 10:37 am

    Mmmmmm, printing this out to keep at home! Sounds like a great at home alternative!ReplyCancel

    • ErinFebruary 13, 2013 - 3:24 pm

      It really is fabulous, y’all. Please let me know what you think of it if you do give it a shot!ReplyCancel

  • JayneFebruary 11, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    I only heard of chicken schwarma like 2 years ago myself. In my mind, I thought it was basically pita bread stuffed with salad and grilled chicken meat. Isn’t that it? My heart belongs to sandwiches so you can understand how much I love these. Now that you’ve stirred up good old memories, I’m off to find me some pita!ReplyCancel

    • ErinFebruary 13, 2013 - 3:26 pm

      Yes, chicken schwarma is sometimes served in a pita with greens and the meat and tzatziki. 🙂 You’ve got it right. And while I love, love, love schwarma on a pita, it’s equally awesome on a salad with the pita on the side. How’d that pita sandwich turn out for ya?ReplyCancel

  • MariaFebruary 12, 2013 - 7:17 pm

    wow, i’m not a “salad person” but this looks amazing!ReplyCancel

    • ErinFebruary 13, 2013 - 3:26 pm

      Haha. I’m normally not a “salad person” either, but this dish is awesome. Please let me know what you think of it if you give it a go!ReplyCancel

  • Amy TongFebruary 13, 2013 - 1:45 am

    Oh my…I love Schwarma! Yours chicken Schwarma looks fantastic and delicious. Oh boy, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who wanted a spit…some day! 😛ReplyCancel

    • ErinFebruary 13, 2013 - 3:27 pm

      You and me both, Amy! Schwarma is one of my favorites… and can we start a support group for people who want a spit in their lives? I mean, I know it probably wouldn’t be the most practical thing, but it would certainly make for some awesome food, right?ReplyCancel

  • AlliFebruary 13, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    That looks so yummy and healthy. Definitely making this.ReplyCancel

    • ErinFebruary 13, 2013 - 3:27 pm

      Thanks, Alli! Let me know what you think, girl. It’s wonderfully delicious!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaFebruary 13, 2013 - 9:22 pm

    So this sounds crazy but I only heard of schwarma in the Avengers, and I still have no idea what it is! I’m assuming because it has curry? Hope all is well!ReplyCancel

    • ErinFebruary 14, 2013 - 9:09 am

      It’s not crazy at all! If I hadn’t lived in Louisiana for so long, I doubt I would know what it was, either. Schwarma is a Mediterranean dish similar to a gyro. Basically, chicken schwarma is chicken that has been pounded out, put on a spit and roasted for hours, only being cut to be added to a dish. It’s absolutely DELICIOUS. Let me see if I can find some background information on it so you can learn more about the dish…ReplyCancel

  • MichelleFebruary 14, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • ErinFebruary 14, 2013 - 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! It certainly is!ReplyCancel

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