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Chicken Shawarma (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Have you ever heard of chicken shawarma? I’ll be honest. I hadn’t until very recently. I grew up eating your typical American and Italian dishes, and we didn’t really branch out much. But when I was in high school, the people who lived across the street were from India, and the smells that would waft down the street around dinnertime always had me drooling! Just heavenly! As an adult, I have made it my mission to be an adventurous cook and try more ethnic foods. Chicken shawarma is definitely one of my favorite dishes and it’s so easy to make. 

Crock pot chicken shawarma Indian cuisine served on naan or pita bread with greens, diced tomatoes, red onions and dill sauce

Now I don’t know about you, but this year I have really struggled to get back on the meal plan train. For months we’ve been eating more than our fair share of convenience food and takeout. But I decided it was time to get my act together, and there seemed to be no better way than to start with my trusty crock pot. Now all I needed was a delicious new recipe to really get me excited, and thus, this slow cooker chicken shawarma was born. 

Now I make no claims on this being any sort of authentic Indian recipe, but it is easy, and exploding with flavor and that’s good enough for this tired-of-cooking-mom. PLUS, my kids gobbled it up, and my husband looked at me after the first bite and said “WOW!” So I’d say it was a hit. This is seriously such an easy meal.

Crock Pot chicken shawarma served in naan bread with mixed greens, diced tomatoes, red onion and tzatziki sauce

How to Serve Chicken Shawarma

We served it over some warm homemade naan bread with some greens, tomatoes, red onions (you can use pickled red onions if you want), and dill sauce. It would be great with tzatziki sauce too! It was just a super fresh, filling, and flavorful meal that I highly recommend giving a try. You’ll be glad you did.

Slow Cooker Chicken Shawarma

Flavorful, Indian-inspired chicken dish made in the crock pot
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Chicken Shawarma
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Author Jenny


  • Slow Cooker


Slow Cooker Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tash pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt

Serving Chicken Shawarma

  • naan or pita bread
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup dill or tzatziki sauce


  • Mix cumin, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic, lemon juice and yogurt in a small bowl.
  • Place chicken thighs and diced onion in the crock pot, and cover thoroughly with yogurt sauce.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until chicken is cooked through.
  • Shred chicken and place on cookie sheet. Broil in the oven on high for 5 minutes or until it begins to brown and crisp.
  • Serve on warm naan or pita with greens, tomatoes, onions and dill sauce/tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!
Chicken Shawarma made in the slow cooker and served on naan bread with dill sauce, greens, red onions and diced tomatoes

Jenny is a wife and stay at home mother of two. She loves good food, and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen. When she’s not busy chasing kids, you can find her digging into a good book, enjoying the great outdoors, and trying not to kill her houseplants.

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