Chicken Recipes

Le Bae’s Chicken Shawarma


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OMG, it’s chicken Shawarma. I really don’t know why it is called Nigerian shawarma but I guess we like to put our mark on everything we touch.


Chicken Shawarma

Who said you can never get an African man to the kitchen? Well, that means you don’t starve them enough because if you do then, they would know their way into the kitchen.  Ooook don’t eat me alive yet, I’m only joking and yes, never ever starve your man.  At home, I do 85% of the cooking and I’m always grateful to hubby when he lets me take the back seat sometimes while he does the cooking.

The only thing is that he takes weeks to plan what he would be cooking. An example is this chicken shawarma. He said he was going to make it like weeks ago but hey! I can’t moan much. Some men don’t know whether they are going or coming in the kitchen. Lol. I already have two of le hubby’s recipe on the blog here (yam pottage) and here (stewed beans) and they are quite popular too. When he finally got round to making this lovely chicken shawarma, I opened my mouth when I saw all the spices he was going to use and I remember saying this to him… ‘bros, naa how many chicken wan chop all this spices’? I was told to watch and look. He replied ‘never argue with a man that knows’ whatever that meant.

All I did afterwards was take pictures and let him be the chef for the day. Interestingly, this chicken shawarma was one of the best I have eaten in ages. This one beats mine hands down and the spices were just spot on and very full of flavour. The chicken was moist and juicy and every bite was an experience.



6 pieces of chicken thigh, de-boned

6 tortilla wraps (flatbread)


1tsp Mixed herbs

1tsp Cajun spice (optional)

1 tsp each ground garlic and ginger

Cayenne pepper, use according to preference

1/2 tsp Curry

1 tsp Liquid Maggi (substitute with any seasoning of choice)

Pinch of rosemary (optional)

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp of vegetable oil

Chicken Shawarma dressing and salad

1 cup Mayonnaise, substitute with yoghurt

1/2 cup Ketchup

3 tomatoes, sliced

1/2 of a whole cucumber, sliced

2 mixed chillies, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 cups lettuce, chopped

1 cup cabbage, sliced

1 cup carrots, sliced

salad and tortilla wrap.


Chicken Shawarma Marinade

Wash and pat dry the chicken

Add all the spices in a bowl, add lemon juice and 1tbsp of vegetable oil and mix together till well combined. Add the chicken and combine with the marinade. Cover the chicken with cling film and leave in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour or overnight.

ingredient collage.

How to Make Chicken Sharwarma

Place a frying pan on medium heat, add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and swirl around the pan. Leave to heat for about 2 minutes, add the marinated chicken to the pan and sear on both sides for 2 minutes each.

Transfer the chicken to the oven and grill on 200⁰C for 15 to 20 minutes making sure you turn at intervals till it is well done. Keep an eye on it as you don’t want the chicken to dry out.

chicken shawarma cooking process.

Remove the chicken from the grill, allow to cool and cut into thin strips


Using one wrap at a time, add mayonnaise to the tortilla wrap and spread in the middle area.

Add the chicken strips and arrange the vegetables as you would like,

Add ketchup and fold  the filling into the wrap

Repeat the process till you have exhausted the wraps and fillings

collage illustrating how to assemble chicken shawarma

To finish off the shawarma

Place a frying pan on medium heat, add a tiny bit of oil (this is optional) place the shawarma on the pan and heat both sides for about 2 minutes each. Repeat this process until all the shawarmas are exhausted.

illustration of how to finish shawarma on the stove.

Serve the shawarma hot with any chilled drink of choice



  • if you don’t have an oven, simply cut the chicken into strips after searing and fry in 1tbsp of oil till well done, this should take between 5 and 10 minutes.
  • You don’t have to use all the spices listed, you can always improvise, remember it is your kitchen, be the king or queen of it.
  • This method/process also works with beef as well.
  • Make your own flatbread by using my easy recipe. It is very quick to make too, no yeast needed.

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  1. 5 stars

    Made it this morning being my hubby’s birthday and a public holiday out here in the US. Man wolfed down three huge ones. And yes Emem is sooo right. The chicken is the truth! My kids only had a wee bit of the Shawarma itself, but loved the chicken. I’m never making chicken differently again after today. I took pics though. How do I.upload them? Thank you thank you for the time you take out to put up so many details.

    • yay! thanks for the great feedback Ngozi and I’m glad y’all enjoyed it. my daughter is the same too, she goes for the chicken first. lol You can send the picture to me on instagram or Facebook and if you are not on these platforms, simply attach the picture as email and send to [email protected]. thanks again me lady.

  2. 5 stars

    I finally got to try this out this evening. It was so yummy that hubby really enjoyed it. The kids didnt eat it but they like the chicken on its own. So not missing out on naija sharwama. Well done Ajoke

    • Hi Emem, thanks for trying out our recipe and also for the great feedback. I hope you will be coming back here for more? regards to the family

  3. How can I make a wrap?

  4. Hi there Ajoke!

    Stopping by from the Sunday Blog Hop. Thank you so much for linking up this post. It looks delicious! I’m a fan of recipes that use tortillas. Maybe it’s their portable nature or their affordability, but more than likely it’s just how great they taste grilled or toasted.

    Thanks again for linking up. I hope to see you again on the next Sunday Blog Hop 🙂

    • Thank you Jenn for stopping by and also for the initiative on the blog hop. Its a good way of meeting other bloggers and learning new things.


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