Shawarma Chicken Kabobs

Summer grilling season would not be complete without trying a kabob recipe. This carefree shawarma-style dish marinates chicken in aromatic spices like clove, coriander, cumin, and cardamom, along with lemon, salt and pepper, and olive oil. Skewer it up with some fresh veggies and you will be very happy with the crowd-pleasing results.

Shawarma Chicken Kabobs Recipe


1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground cardamon
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp salt and black pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
4-6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 turnip, cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. In a large bowl, add together all the spices, lemon juice, and olive oil. Whisk together to form a marinade.
  2. Add chicken thigh cubes and toss together until coated. Let marinate or at least 1 hour or preferably overnight.
  3. Arrange chicken and veggies on skewers and grill over high heat until everything is slightly charred and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Recipes and Styling by Anna Calabrese / Photography by Laura Petrilla and Dave Bryce / With Support from Buy Fresh Buy Local Western PA

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