Chicken Shawarma air fried on pita

How to make Chicken Shawarma in an air fryer

Air fried Chicken Shawarma

Air fried Chicken Shawarma pieces
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 20 minutes


  • 1.5 las chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 jar chicken shawarma marinade (see below)
  • PIta bread or wraps
  • Choice of toppings (see below)


  1. Cube chicken breasts and add to a bowl
  2. Cover cuben chicken pieces with marinade
  3. Stir well to ensure chicken throrughly coated
  4. Transfer to refrigerator and allow to marinate for 12-24 hours
  5. When ready to cook, preheat air fryer to 400F
  6. Drain off any excess marinade and add chicken cubes to preheated air fryer
  7. Cook at 400F for 15 minutes
  8. Turn chicken pieces 2-3 times during cooking
  9. All chicken to cool before serving on a pita bread or wrap with choice of fixings (see below)


For this recipe I used the shawarma marinade from Whole Foods, under their 365 brand. It's just a couple bucks and has a great flavor profile with lots of clove and warm spices. You could of course absolutely make your own too.

I find the 15 minute cooking time is a good balance beyween charred chiken on the exterior, and still retaining a juicy interior. You could of course play with this a little depening on your preferences. Always use a good kitchen safe thermometer when cooking chicken!

For the finished shawarma I love to use a mix of cooling and spicy sauces - think hot sauce / yogurt. I also like to add some sharpness and bite - so onions and/or marinated veggies. Fresh veggies work well too - tomato and cucumber.

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