Grilled chicken schwarma

    8 hours 50 min

    A simple, yet flavoursome pitta bread sandwich, made from chicken that is marinated and grilled, then served in a warm pitta bread with yogurt, onion, tomatoes and cucumber. You can also make this recipe with beef or lamb.

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    Serves: 8 

    • Marinade
    • 250ml natural yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
    • 1 tablespoon malt vinegar
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon crushed chillies
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 900g skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced
    • Condiments
    • 8 pitta breads, warmed
    • 125ml natural yogurt
    • 1 onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 large tomato, diced
    • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
    • 250ml Ranch dressing

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Extra time:8hr marinating  ›  Ready in:8hr50min 

    1. To make the marinade, stir together 250ml yogurt, lemon juice, hot pepper sauce and vinegar. Stir in the garlic, onion, pepper, crushed chillies, mace and salt. Marinate the chicken overnight in the refrigerator.
    2. Preheat the grill.
    3. To cook, drain the marinade from the meat and place on a slotted grill pan. Grill, turning after a few minutes, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
    4. To assemble the schwarma, spread each pitta with a tablespoon of natural yogurt; layer with onion, tomato and cucumber. Pile on the grilled chicken and dress with Ranch dressing.

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    Reviews in English (31)


    I am a Chef/ Manager for a Catering Company and I put this on my Menu to see if it was as good as it sounded..And by the way my Clients were lining up for these lovely little wraps it was a huge success.I did not put in the hot sauce and I am glad these had some kick,,, Very Very Nice... Thank You Very Much. I will be having these with my family at home as well as at work...  -  03 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I found this very tasty. Next time I make it I will not do it in Pita Bread, I am going to try it with veggies and potatoes or rice. Very nice thank you Irene  -  26 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was awesome! It was easy to make and a really nice flavor. I took it easy on the spice in the marinade but only because my husband is not crazy about really hot food. But I added a few drops on the shwarma itself, mmmmmmm I did BBQ it and it turned out good. I added a mix of chopped onion, cucumber, yellow bell pepper, grape tomatoes, and baby spinach. Seasoned it with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. This was a perfect summer meal that was easy to make!!  -  14 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)