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Easy Keto Chicken Shawarma on blue plate

Easy Keto Chicken Shawarma – Low Carb

  • Author: Mellissa Sevigny
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This easy keto chicken shawarma is juicy and loaded with so many bold flavors that you’ll never miss the traditional bread! Low carb, Atkins, Paleo, Whole 30, dairy free



For the chicken shawarma:

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

For the tahini sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste if desired


For the chicken shawarma:

  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Add the chicken to the marinade and turn to make sure it’s completely coated.
  4. For most flavorful results, marinate overnight – otherwise 2 hours will do it.
  5. Preheat the grill to 500 degrees F.
  6. Cook the chicken on the grill over direct heat, for about 4 minutes per side, or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 160 degrees.
  7. Remove the chicken from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes (it will continue to cook.)
  8. Slice and serve with the tahini sauce and side dishes of your choice.

For the tahini sauce:

  1. Combine all of the tahini sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Stir well until smooth.


Alternative method:  After marinating, pan fry the shawarma on medium high heat in a nonstick pan for about 4 minutes per side or until cooked through. OR roast in a 400 degree oven for 18 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Net carbs per serving = 0g.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Keto chicken Recipes
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 4 ounces chicken, 1 tablespoon tahini sauce
  • Calories: 274
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 35g

Keywords: chicken, shawarma, grilling, spicy, Middle East, keto, low carb, gluten free, egg free, nut free, Paleo, Whole 30, dairy free

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