This California Grilled Chicken Shawarma Kabob uses low-fat chicken breast with pita, fresh arugula and avocados. Sponsored by Hidden Valley® Roasted Garlic Ranch dressing. Find more of my kabob recipes here.
Comfort food has different meanings depending on what part of the world you grew up in. These comfort dishes tend to evoke memories from your childhood and always bring a smile to your face, even on a rainy day.
I grew up in Texas, with a Persian mom and an American dad. Comfort food for me ranges from sausage and barbecue to Persian stews. My husband is Persian. His comfort food list is totally different from mine. And our kids? They each have their own list of favorite foods.
What is shawarma?
My husband and I love making kabob for our kids, so it’s no surprise that “meat on a stick” is one of our family’s favorite comfort meals. Persian chicken kabob (joojeh kabob) is lightly seasoned and marinated in a saffron-lemon-yogurt mixture.
Chicken shawarma is a Turkish dish and is very aromatic with it’s array of spices. In the traditional sense, shawarma is cooked on a spit, rotisserie style, over open flame. It is typically served in pita with hummus and a very garlicky mayonnaise. Since I don’t have a spit, I decided to make them into kabobs.
What is California Cuisine?
When I was asked to develop a recipe using Hidden Valley® Roasted Garlic Ranch dressing, I immediately thought about creating my own twist to chicken shawarma – a California twist. First, I used chicken breast instead of chicken thigh meat. It has less fat and is easier to cut and skewer. Because low-fat is a key to eating California-style!
My shawarma marinade is a combination of paprika, cumin, turmeric and other herbs and spices along with extra virgin olive oil and onions. The key to tender, juicy chicken shawarma is let the marinade do it’s magic.
It is best to prepare your chicken the night before, but I have also marinated the meat in the morning, to be cooked later that night.
Chicken Shawarma Kabob
Grilling is another key to my California twist, because we Californians love to be outside. Our backyards are an extension to our homes, an extra dining room to relax in. And in Southern California, we can and do grill 365 days out of the year!
You can use metal skewers or bamboo skewers for these chicken shawarma kabobs. My mom has these gorgeous metal skewers she bought over 40 years ago from Greece, so I used them. Aren’t they spectacular?
What to serve with Chicken Shawarma Kabob
I loved it on flat bread brimming with spicy arugula, creamy avocados, crisp radishes, sweet bell peppers, cucumber tomato salad (shirazi salad) and drizzled with Hidden Valley® Roasted Garlic Ranch dressing. It has tremendous garlic flavor paired with the ranch dressing my family has always loved.
Serving Suggestions: If you don't want a sandwich, serve your chicken shawarma over rice or a bed of fresh greens. You can also serve with hummus, tabouleh and/or Shirazi salad (pictured above). Cooking Tips: You can also cook your chicken shawarma on the stovetop. Heat a large non-stick skillet on high and add 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil. When oil is hot, brown the chicken in 2-3 batches, until done. Add more olive oil as needed. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1/3-pound meat
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 697 Total Fat: 34g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 26g Cholesterol: 130mg Sodium: 884mg Carbohydrates: 43g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 3g Protein: 55g
Serving Suggestions: If you don't want a sandwich, serve your chicken shawarma over rice or a bed of fresh greens.
You can also serve with hummus, tabouleh and/or Shirazi salad (pictured above).
Cooking Tips: You can also cook your chicken shawarma on the stovetop. Heat a large non-stick skillet on high and add 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil. When oil is hot, brown the chicken in 2-3 batches, until done. Add more olive oil as needed.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by TapInfluence on behalf of Hidden Valley® Ranch. The story I have written is all true, and the opinions are truly mine. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it.