I’ve made chicken shawarma in a baking pan, roasting it beside the green beans and it’s very easy, quite tasty, and it’s a great one pan supper made in the oven. I wondered if it would be possible in an Instant Pot, and it is.
I hope that this proves to the best chicken shawarma recipe you’ve ever tried. I love shawarma. I love it so much I even make green beans with shawarma seasoning.
The upside is that the meat is a lot more tender and less dry in an Instant Pot the downside is that it’s less intensely flavored than the oven version.
If you were industrious, you’d make it in an Instant Pot, and finish it off in a pan with a little coconut oil, or ghee and a little additional sprinkled spice but I was not that industrious 😀
But really what makes this the best chicken shawarma recipe is the five minutes you spend making the fresh spice mix right before you cook this. All of the flavor is in the spices.
If you decide to make it in the oven, follow the directions below, but instead of pressure cooking, put in in a single layer on a foil-covered pan and cook it at 350F for 15-20 minutes.
This would also work in an air fryer rather well, but I’d check it at 10 minutes and flip over.
For the oven and air fryer versions, I’d also be tempted to use chicken thighs since chicken breast will dry out a little.
You must make your own shawarma seasoning. It’s so worth it. This recipe makes two batches so you have enough left over for another pound of chicken, or you could sprinkle it over some green beans and try my other recipe with this spice.
The Steps to the Best Chicken Shwarma Recipe are:
- Make the spice mix and marinate the chicken in it
- Add vegetables, water, and chicken and cook in the pressure cooker 10 mins, QPR
- Serve with Tzatziki and eat
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This is the best Chicken Shawarma recipe to make at home with just a few spice ingredients. Low carb, keto-friendly, Middle Eastern food made in your pressure cooker, oven, or air fryer.
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into large, bite-size chunks (if using bone-in, increase time by 1-2 minutes)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil to marinate
- 2 teaspoons oil to brown chicken
- 1 cup onion thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup water
- Place the cut up chicken in a ziplock bag, pour in the olive oil, and pour in half the spice mix. Save the other half of the spice for the next time you make this recipe.
Smoosh it all up together so that the chicken is evenly coated in the oil and spices.
- At this point, you could freeze it for later cooking, or you could leave it in the fridge to marinate for as long as you have. I'd make one batch now and freeze one.
- When you're ready to cook it, heat the Instant Pot on sauté and when it's hot, add the chicken in a single layer. Let it sear for a few minutes and then flip over.
- Add the onions in there. Traditionally, it's not cooked with onions, but we need something to add flavor to the broth and the chicken, and onions not only add flavor, but they also release a little water so it means you've got to add less plain water to the Instant Pot.
Pour in the 1/4 c of water, deglaze the pan if needed, and cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, using QPR
- Remove chicken and cut into smaller bites but don't shred.
Enjoy with https://twosleevers.com/greek-tzatziki-yogurt-cucumbers/tzatziki for a tasty, low-carb dinner.
Heat oven to 350F and line a baking pan with foil, or line your air fryer basket with foil
- Spray or pour just a little extra oil to crisp the chicken a little during baking
Cook in oven for 10-15 minutes turning once. Test for doneness.
Cook in air-fryer for 10 minutes, turning once. Test for doneness.
I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information is provided a courtesy, and can vary depending on the exact ingredients you use.
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