Instant Pot Shawarma Chicken

Instant Pot Shawarma Chicken

Ready for the best tasting Sharwama Chicken you will ever have? This recipe for Instant Pot Shawarma Chicken is perfect for a great tasting dinner. 
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Shawarma Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 6251kcal


For Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoon garlic; minced
  • 1 tablespoon sumac
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs

For Sauce:

  • 1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic; minced
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For Serving:

  • 6 pita bread
  • 1 cucumber; sliced about 2 cups
  • 10 cherry tomatoes; sliced about 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup red onion; sliced into rounds


For Chicken:

  • Beat chicken thighs with a kitchen mallet to thin out. Place into a plastic bag with cumin, cardamom, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, sumac, cayenne, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice. Marinated the chicken in this mixture overnight for best results.
  • Place trivet into the instant pot. Add 1 cup water. Add chicken on top of the trivet. Set to high pressure for 40 minutes. This allows the chicken to cook all the way through the center. If you feel like this is too long then cook for less and check the chicken. This is made in a 6 quart instant pot duo. Additionally, it doesn't take long to come to pressure so the cook time is perfect for thicker thighs.
  • Once the instant pot stops counting quick release the pressure. Remove chicken and slice. Place with pita bread, cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions. The onions are optional.

For Sauce:

  • Mix together yogurt, lemon juice, and garlic. Add in salt, sumac, cayenne pepper, and pepper. Stir well.
  • Top over chicken for excellent flavor!


Calories: 6251kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 998g | Fat: 194g | Saturated Fat: 57g | Cholesterol: 2768mg | Sodium: 4523mg | Potassium: 17020mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2085IU | Vitamin C: 21.9mg | Calcium: 416mg | Iron: 28.2mg