Oven-cooked chicken shawarma from Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food (page 157) by Nigella Lawson

  • bay leaves
  • chicken thighs
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground coriander
  • ground cumin
  • garlic
  • lemons
  • lettuce
  • nutmeg
  • paprika
  • tahini
  • natural yogurt
  • dried chilli flakes
  • pomegranate seeds

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Notes about this recipe

  • KarinaFrancis on April 21, 2022

    I didn’t love this, it lacked enough punch. To get some nice colour I brushed some pomegranate molasses on top for the last five minutes. Not a repeat for us.

  • etcjm on July 13, 2019

    Very good. Barbecued the thighs and they were great. Yes 4 of us pretty much ate it all! The sauce worked with 'koko' yoghurt for a non dairy substitute. It was actually quite spicy with the raw garlic. Served with wraps, lime soaked onions, peeled courgettes with Six Seasons citrus vinaigrette, shredded lettuce and the leftover courgette bits cooked with the chicken. Easy, tasty, why not!

  • TrishaCP on November 15, 2017

    Made this last night as well, and we thought it was great. Cooked chicken thighs for 30 minutes, and they were juicy and delicious. Served with the yogurt/tahini sauce (good), naan bread, and some salad items.

  • Charlotte_vandenberg on November 15, 2017

    Very nice recipe, easy and fast. Used sliced chicken breast, cooked in 16 minutes this way. Yoghurt sauce was very good too.

  • stef on September 07, 2017

    This was enjoyed by all. I prepared everything ahead and assembling was quick. Served with marinated red onions, cucumber and red pepper. Made the yogurt sauce too.

  • adelina on September 05, 2017

    The family loved the flavors. Very authentic to shawarma spices. I used chicken breast as well and added about a teaspoon of turmeric and allspice. I would like to use the same spices on beef next time.

  • embk27 on September 01, 2017

    Brilliant recipe - I used chicken breasts and cooked for 25 minutes. Chicken was juicy and well-flavoured due to great marinade. Went really well with chilli pitta breads, quick pickles and houmous.

  • Astrid5555 on December 20, 2015

    Great marinade, chicken meat turned out a little dry. Would probably barbecue the chicken next time to keep it moist.

  • Foodycat on December 10, 2015

    I made the marinade and used it on lamb neck fillets, then followed the same cooking method. Very good. Will definitely try on chicken as well.

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