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Sheet Pan Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

These Lebanese-spiced baked chicken thighs are perfect for enjoying over rice, slicing and serving in a pita wrap or tossing over a salad.

Lebanese Spiced Baked Chicken Thighs

Recently I had a massive craving for chicken shawarma when it dawned on me I don’t ever make it at home! For whatever reason, when I crave Lebanese chicken I tend to either make my Lebanese Chicken Tawook or Lebanese Baked Chicken Breasts but this time I was determined to create a chicken shawarma recipe.

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs

While I typically cook with chicken breasts over thighs, I find that the more tender, juicy texture of thigh meat lends itself better to a traditional chicken shawarma recipe.

Liz Grating Garlic

The key ingredient to my chicken shawarma is my All-Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend.  This spice mixture is used in a variety of Lebanese recipes including Hushweh Rice, Baked Kibbeh, Stewed Green Beans, and more.

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Once the chicken shawarma is cooked, I love to thinly slice it and serve over Lebanese Rice Pilaf, wrapped in a pita with Tahini Sauce or tossed with a lemony Fattoush Salad.

Liz Eating Chicken Thighs

Of course, it’s also delicious on its own.

Liz Dancing Kitchen

In fact, it’s so good it just might make you dance in your kitchen.

Your fork is waiting.

Frequently asked questions:

What is Lebanese shawarma?

By definition, shawarma means roasted meat and is typically cooked on a revolving spit around a fire then shaved for serving in pitas, salads or sandwiches.

What spices are in the All-Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend?

In my family and in most Syrian/Lebanese recipes, we use a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice as well as salt and pepper. One batch of the seasoning blend goes with one pound of uncooked meat so for this recipe I recommend 1.5 batches. I have a recipe for my Lebanese spice blend if you would like to take a look.

Can I use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs?

Yes, absolutely! The cook time will vary. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts cook in about 15-20 minutes in a 400-degree oven. As always, if you use bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces the cooking time will be higher. The best way to know if the meat is done is to use an instant-read meat thermometer.

What temperature do chicken thighs need to reach to be fully cooked?

The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius). A meat or instant-read thermometer is your best bet for determining the temperature of your chicken, and if you’re cooking a whole bird, it should be inserted into the thickest part of the thigh but not touching bone.

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Sheet Pan Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

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These Lebanese-spiced baked chicken thighs are perfect for enjoying over rice, slicing and serving in a pita wrap or tossing over a salad.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 40 mins
TOTAL: 50 mins
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Servings: 4



  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and place chicken thighs in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush both sides with olive oil.
  • Prepare 1.5 portions of my All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend by mixing together all the spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle over both sides of the chicken thighs and bake for 35-40 minutes or until chicken reaches internal cooking temperature of 165 degrees. Serve warm.


Serving: 4ounces cooked chickenCalories: 404kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 28gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 131mgPotassium: 349mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 133IUCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.


  1. This chicken shawarma along with your Syrian salad brought me right back to my childhood — my father’s family is from Syria and Lebanon. Thank you for these wonderful recipes!

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