Shawarma is one of my favorite things to order, and thankfully its one of the cheapest things to order too 😀 But of course you don’t find the perfect shawarma everywhere. I’d definitely say that I’ve had some of my best shawarmas in Saudi Arabia, growing up right next to the restaurant Mishwar *drool*  (aside from Bahrains Malghoom of course).

So i searched and tested for a while till i found the perfect combination for me. It has the perfect amount of spices, garlic and sauce. Feel free to change up parts of the recipe you would like another way to make it suit your own shawarma memories.

Just as a side tip, you can make it a Bahraini malghoom by adding cheese, fries and wrap it in chapati for an extraordinary experience.

Ingredients for the marinade:

  • For 1 kg of chicken breast
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp sumac
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced

Yogurt sauce:

  • 1 cup whole fat greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 blak pepper

For the wrap:

  • Pita bread or any other wrap
  • Pickles, sliced
  • Lettuce, chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl and mix together.
  2. Add in the chicken and coat evenly and cover and chill in fridge for 1-12 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
  4. Place the chicken on a wire rack in a single layer for up to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  5. Turn on the broiler on top to cook and brown for an extra 5 minutes.
  6. Cut up or shred the cooked chicken.
  7. Serve the chicken with the sauce and wrap ingredients to enjoy.

For the yogurt sauce:

  1. Add all sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Chill in the fridge until ready to be served.

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