Sam the Cooking Guy – Chicken Shawarma

I stumbled across this recipe for chicken shawarma the other night Sam the Cooking Guy’s Youtube channel. I made it today for a family lunch. It was delicious and I wish I made more!

The recipe suggests that you let the chicken marinade overnight. I did two hours and it still came out really good.

If you want a great grilled chicken recipe, save this into ClipDish, you won’t be disappointed.



  • 900 g boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 120 ml plain yogurt
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 ml coriander powder
  • 15 ml cumin
  • 15 ml smoked paprika
  • 5 ml red pepper flakes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 5 ml kosher salt
  • 5 ml black pepper

To Serve

  • Naan

Garlic White Sauce

  • 240 ml yogurt
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 ml cumin
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 15 ml finely chopped parsley
  • 15 ml white vinegar
  • 2.5 ml kosher salt
  • 2.5 ml coarse ground black pepper
  • 30-45 ml milk (adjust to preferred consistency)



  1. Cut chicken into even pieces, approximately 2-2.5 cm each.
  2. In a bowl, combine chicken, yogurt, minced garlic, coriander powder, cumin, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight for optimal flavor.
  4. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least one hour prior to use.
  5. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  6. Thread the chicken onto the skewers. Lightly oil the grill and cook the chicken, turning often, until the internal temperature reaches 79-82°C.
  7. Serve the grilled chicken with naan and garlic white sauce.

Garlic White Sauce

  1. Combine yogurt, minced garlic, cumin, lime juice, parsley, vinegar, salt, and black pepper in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Gradually stir in milk until the sauce reaches your desired thickness.

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