Chicken Shawarma Fries with Garlic Sauce Recipe


For the Chicken Shawarma

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp shawarma spice blend (see note below)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Garlic Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (optional, for tanginess)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley or 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Fries

  • 1 large russet potato (or amount to suit your needs)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Serving/Topping

  • Chopped tomato
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Chopped red onion
  • Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • Optional: Hot sauce, tahini sauce


1. Make the Shawarma Spice Blend (if not using store-bought): Combine paprika, cumin, turmeric, coriander, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

2. Marinate the Chicken

  • In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and shawarma spice blend.
  • Add chicken, toss to coat well, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or preferably overnight for maximum flavor.

3. Make the Garlic Sauce

  • While the chicken marinates, combine mayonnaise, Greek yogurt (if using), minced garlic, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • Mix well and refrigerate until ready to use.

4. Prepare the Fries

  • Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash and scrub the potato. Cut into thin, even fries.
  • Toss the fries with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread out on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping fries halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.

5. Cook the Chicken

  • Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Cook the marinated chicken in batches, until cooked through and slightly browned, about 5-7 minutes per batch.

6. Assemble the Shawarma Fries

  • Place the cooked fries on a serving plate or platter.
  • Top generously with the cooked chicken shawarma.
  • Add dollops of the garlic sauce.
  • Sprinkle with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and parsley or cilantro.
  • If desired, drizzle with hot sauce or tahini sauce.

Enjoy! Serve immediately while the fries are hot and crispy.


Shawarma Spice Blend: You can easily find pre-made shawarma spice blends, or create your own using the listed spices.

Customize It: Feel free to add your favorite toppings or sauces! Hummus and sliced olives would also be delicious.


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