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Easy chicken shawarma tacos are loaded with fresh tomatoes, romaine lettuce, red
onions, pickled turnips and a yogurt tahini sauce! Healthy & satisfying chicken shawarma great for weeknight dinner, or an easy meal to prep for grab-&-go

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Quick & Easy
Servings: 4
Author: the communal feast


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs pounded to an even thickness
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • Pepper to taste
  • Soft shell taco tortillas
  • romaine lettuce chopped
  • Roma tomatoes slice
  • red onions thinly sliced
  • pickled turnips optional
  • Garlic tahini yogurt sauce
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt or mayo
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt to taste


  • 1. Whisk all of the Marinade ingredients together in a large bowl or freezer size plastic bag. Add chicken and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat one tablespoon vegetable oil a large cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium high heat. When the pan is hot add chicken in a single layer and sear both sides (takes about 2-3 minutes per side). Finish the cooking the chicken in the oven for 10 minutes. (could be less depends on thickness of chicken) or until chicken is cooked through. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.


  • 3. Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • 4. Warm tortillas in the oven or microwave
  • 5. Fill warmed tortillas with lettuce,tomatoes, red onions, pickled turnips, chicken, fresh cracked pepper and garlic tahini sauce.
  • Enjoy!