Chicken Shawarma

  • 5MINS
  • 10MINS
  • Serves 2
  • 295KCAL

If you like a chicken kebab, then you'll love this slimming friendly Chicken Shawarma – the ultimate Fakeaway whether you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

  • Everyday Light
  • Fakeaways
  • Freezable
Easy Peasy Chicken Shawarma

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories295
  • Carbs11g
  • Protein2g
  • Fat1g
  • Saturates0.2g
  • Sugars4g

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A Chicken Shawarma that you can enjoy even if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers?  Yes, it’s true!

This recipe is so quick and easy that it’ll be ready in less than the time that it would take your local takeaway to deliver.  It’s no secret that we like our food with a little bit of extra heat, but you can make this Chicken Shawarma more or less spicy by just adjusting the amount of chilli flakes that you add.

Serve with a crisp, colourful salad to make a light, summertime dinner or with our Rustic Potato Wedges for a more filling meal.

What diets is this Chicken Shawarma suitable for?

This Chicken Shawarma recipe can be made suitable for dairy free diet by swapping the following ingredients out for dairy free alternatives;

  • Fat free natural yoghurt

It can also be made gluten free by swapping the following ingredients out for gluten free alternatives;

  • Weight Watchers low fat white wraps

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Chicken Shawarma?

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We cooked this on our Tefal OptiGrill, which senses how thick the meat is, and cooks it to your liking automatically – it’s true, we swear!

We’ve made a few recipes using the Tefal Optigrill, and we can honestly say it has given us perfect results every time!

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Below we added some of our communities most common hints and tips. We hope you find them useful.

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Mixing the spices with fat free yogurt and marinading the chicken for an hour keeps the meat moist. Airfrying in batches gives the meat a charred effect.

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How many calories are in this Chicken Shawarma?

There are 295 calories per portion in this Chicken Shawarma, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Chicken Shawarma is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

What could I serve with this Chicken Shawarma?

We love this Chicken Shawarma served alongside any of the following accompaniments:

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How do you know when this Chicken Shawarma is cooked?

You should cook your chicken in the Tefal OptiGrill for around 10 minutes or until it’s cooked through.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Chicken Shawarma in the fridge?

These Chicken Shawarma really should be eaten immediately as otherwise you may find that the wrap goes soggy!

You can keep individual components in a container with a lid in the fridge for around 2 days or so.

Can I freeze Chicken Shawarma?

Yes, you can!  The chicken for this recipe can be frozen before cooking, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Chicken Shawarma?

From chilled: You can pop the chicken in the microwave for around 4-7 minutes or until piping hot.

From frozen: Defrost thoroughly and then follow the recipe from step 3 to cook.  Make sure your chicken is piping hot before assembling the wraps.

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Chicken Shawarma

If you like a chicken kebab, then you'll love this slimming friendly Chicken Shawarma - the ultimate Fakeaway whether you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 295
  • Carbs 11G


For the wraps

  • 1 large chicken breast cut into strips
  • 1 lemon juice only
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 pinch chilli flakes you can use as much or as little as you like depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Weight Watchers Low Fat White Wraps
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • 8 cherry tomatoes or 1 large tomato - chopped
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 handfuls iceberg lettuce finely shredded
  • 3 tbsp pickled cabbage

For the Yoghurt Dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp fat free natural yoghurt

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To make the wraps
  1. Put the chicken strips in a large bowl, then add all the remaining ingredients (apart from the wraps!)
  2. Spray with low calorie cooking spray, then mix well so that all the chicken pieces are coated. Cover and place in the fridge.
  3. Preheat the Tefal OptiGrill - Turn the grill on, select the chicken programme and then press OK.
  4. When the light turns blue and the machine beeps, this indicates that it is ready to cook.
  5. Place the chicken strips on the OptiGrill and close the lid.
  6. The indicator light will go through a series of colour changes to show the different degrees of cooking. When the indicator turns red and beeps, the chicken is ready.
  7. Remove the chicken from the grill using tongs.
  8. To assemble the shawarma, arrange a handful of iceberg lettuce on each wrap and divide the pickled cabbage between the two. Place the chicken on the pickled cabbage, then top with chopped tomatoes and onions.
  9. Drizzle over some of the yoghurt dressing, roll up the wraps, cut each one in half and serve.
To make the yoghurt dressing
  1. Mix all the ingredients together well

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See what others have to say

Jill JamesWednesday 13th December 2023

Hi which book is this recipe in. I have all your books but can’t find it.


    Cheryl LloydThursday 8th February 2024

    This recipe is just on the website. It hasn’t been included in any of the books 😊


TinaWednesday 28th September 2022

Hi can I cook the chicken in a ninja 15 in 1?


    HollyThursday 29th September 2022

    Hey Tina, I’ve just had a look at the the Ninja 15 in 1 functions online and I’d probably suggest the air-fryer function is best for cooking the chicken strips. Hope that helps!


Sharon PhillipsFriday 22nd October 2021

Hi Can I use a griddle pan to cook the chicken?

Kind Regards Sharon


    HollyWednesday 27th October 2021

    Hi Sharon, yes a griddle pan would work great to cook the chicken. Ensure the chicken is cooked through, the juices should run clear and there should be no signs of pinkness. Hope that helps!


HattieTuesday 16th February 2021

Can I use my regular oven grill for this recipe? it sounds delicious!


    HollyTuesday 16th February 2021

    Hey Hattie, yes you can cook this Chicken Shawarma in the oven or under the grill just make sure the chicken strips are cooked through and no pinkness remains, hope that helps!


Ebony HarperMonday 11th January 2021

Switched out the chicken for Quorn Chicken as it was all I had! Super easy switch to make it a vegetarian meal and the PERFECT fakeaway!!!


    HollyTuesday 12th January 2021

    Hi Ebony, so glad you enjoyed this recipe and your vegetarian tweaks sound great!


Keith FlanaganWednesday 22nd August 2018

Whats pickled cabbage and how i buy or make it thanks


angieThursday 18th January 2018

absolutely delicious made it for tea tonight son loved it


ShannonSunday 7th January 2018

How else can I cook the chicken apart from in a tefal or George foreman?


Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

Hi Samantha,

So glad you enjoyed it!


Nicola smithThursday 29th June 2017

Great. My children 8/10 &12 all loved tonight’s tea. I marinated 4 pieces of chicken in the mix above and was just right for them all.

Please can you let me know anymore kebab recipes please!


    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Nicola,

    So glad you enjoyed it!


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