Grilled Middle Eastern Chicken or Turkey

Grilled Middle Eastern Chicken or Turkey Chicken is healthy, juicy and bursting with exotic flavors that will have you drooling. I can hardly wait

Middle Eastern Chicken or Turkey

Recipe: Middle Eastern Chicken or Turkey

Amount: 6-8 servings


1 kg chicken or turkey, in big chunks, e.g.thigh fillets

1 large (or 2 small) garlic clove , minced
2 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper, ground
Black pepper
1 tbsp coriander, ground
1 tbsp cumin, ground
1 tbsp cardamon, ground
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil


  • At first combine the marinade ingredients in a container with a lid.
  • After that add the chicken or turkey pieces. Then coat each piece by using your hands. Use disposable gloves for the purpose. You don’t wanna have the marinade on your finger after all.
  • Seal the container with a lid. Then marinate the meat overnight or up to 24 hours.
  • Place the meat on the grill and cook the first side for 4 to 5 minutes until it’s nicely charred. Afterwards turn the chicken, turkey and cook the other side for 3 to 4 minutes. It might take shorter or longer time depending on the size of the meat pieces.
  • Enjoy the Middle Eastern Chicken or Turkey with e.g. grilled vegetables or Naan bread.

Middle Eastern Chicken or Turkey Shawarma

Middle Eastern Shawarma is a Middle Eastern-style taco or burrito. The Shawarma meat is generally cooked on a rotating spit. We achieve the irresistible charred effect by grilling the meat instead.

Shawarma meat is thinly sliced cuts of meat like chicken, turkey, beef or lamp. Then it’s rolled into a large piece of flatbread or pita that has been steamed or heated.
Inside the pita is foods like hummus, tahini, pickles, vegetables, salads and sauce, e.g. chili sauce or creme fraiche with fresh coriander or garlic.


Reduce cayenne pepper to 1/2 tsp to make it not spicy.

Whole dried spices taste significantly better. Grind them yourself in a mortar.

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