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Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wraps

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Our Mediterranean air fryer chicken shawarma recipe features tender chicken seasoned and cooked to perfection. Serve with the easy lemon tahini sauce, marinated cucumber tomato salad and wrapped up in soft naan bread. 

When it comes to making Mediterranean and Greek food, recipes can vary greatly. Most of the time it’s because these types of recipes are made with flavors and spices that can change based on regions (think of the various BBQ recipes you find in the US).

Air fried Chicken Shawarma wrap on a white plate with cucumber salad.

But I promise you, once you make homemade chicken shawarma in the air fryer, you’ll never want to go to the restaurant again. The flavors are warm and tangy, and the gyro lovers will want to give these a try, too. We’ve also shared a few of our favorite ways to serve the meat below.

Today I’m using store-bought naan bread to make things easier, but I also have an air-fried garlic naan bread recipe if you want to give the homemade version a try. It’s a versatile recipe and you can also use it to make naan pizza.

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What is Chicken Shawarma? 

This dish is very popular in the Middle East region, but it takes a while to cook if you were making it authentically. Traditional chicken shawarma is made by marinating the meat for an extended period of time.

It’s then placed on a rotisserie for several days where it is slow roasted in its juices so it comes out tender and flavorful. Try our Huli Huli Chicken recipe for an island-style marinade.

ingredients needed to make air fryer Chicken Shawarma.

Ingredients Needed

The ingredient list looks long but don’t be intimidated – you probably have most of the items needed in your pantry. 

Chicken Shawarma Seasoning Mix:

  • minced garlic – fresh minced is best but use jarred if that’s all you have
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • spices: cumin, paprika, ground cloves, turmeric, cinnamon, salt and pepper

Chicken Sandwich Wrap Ingredients:

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts – cut into slices
  • naan bread

Lemon Tahini Sauce:

  • tahini paste – you can find this in the ethnic food section at the grocery store
  • warm water
  • lemon juice – use fresh (please!)
  • minced garlic
  • cumin
  • salt
  • parsley

Cucumber Tomato Salad:

  • tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • red onion
  • lemon juice
  • white wine vinegar 
  • olive oil
  • fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma

Make the seasoning blend: Stir together the minced garlic, oil, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, cloves, turmeric, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

shawarma seasonings being mixed together and chicken being added to marinade.

Marinate: Add the sliced chicken and give it a stir to evenly coat. Cover the bowl and marinate for at least 6 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. 

Air Fry: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F and line the basket with aluminum foil. Use enough so you can fold up the edges to create a “tray” so the marinade doesn’t drain out. Place the seasoned chicken in the foil-lined basket and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. 

cucumber salad ingredients in a white bowl and chicken being placed in the air fryer basket.

Make the salad: In the meantime, dice the tomatoes, cucumber, and red onions and place in a bowl. Then stir in the vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and parsley. 

For the tahini sauce: In a small mixing bowl, combine the warm water, tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, and spices. Mix until it’s smooth and creamy, then set aside. 

tahini sauce in a bowl being added to naan bread and topped with chicken shawarma.

Assemble Shawarma wraps: Spread tahini sauce on the naan bread, add the chicken, top with cucumber tomato salad, and drizzle with additional tahini sauce if desired. Fold the edges up and wrap in foil to keep the sandwich together. 

Chicken Shawarma being assembled and wrapped in foil.

Tips to Prepare 

  • You can swap the chicken breasts for boneless skinless chicken thighs. Just be sure to trim excess fat, then marinate for 1-2 hours before cooking. 
  • Marinating the chicken is key to tender and flavorful meat, so be sure to allow enough time for that.
  • Use pita, flatbread or a tortilla in place of the naan bread. 
  • Make ahead tip: prepare the chicken, salad and sauce ahead of time and store separately in the refrigerator. Then all you need to do is reheat the meat in the air fryer or on the stove top and assemble your wraps.
  • For meal prepping: make a double batch of meat for meals throughout out the week.

Serving Suggestions

Serve shawarma wraps with homemade potato chips or Ranch roasted chickpeas.

Low carb options: Serve the cooked chicken over a Greek salad or your favorite greens, swap the naan bread for a lettuce wrap, or serve in a bowl over cauliflower rice.

close up Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma wrap on a plate.

How to Store

Keep the chicken, sauce, and salad in separate airtight containers and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The salad will start to break down and get watery the longer it is stored.

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Air fried Chicken Shawarma wrap on a white plate with cucumber salad

Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wraps

Our Mediterranean Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wraps recipe features tender chicken seasoned and cooked to perfection. Serve with the easy lemon tahini sauce, marinated cucumber tomato salad and wrapped up in soft naan bread.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Optional Marinade Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 28 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 671kcal
Author: Lori @ I Heart Air Frying

INGREDIENTS

Chicken & Seasoning Mix:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • pounds boneless skinless chicken breast about 3 breasts, cut in slices

Lemon Tahini Sauce:

  • ½ cup tahini paste
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley

Cucumber Tomato Salad:

  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup cucumber diced
  • 2 Tablespoons red onion minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

For Wraps:

  • 6 naan breads

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix together all the shawarma seasoning ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Add the sliced chicken and marinate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil, creating a tray with raised edges to contain the marinade. Remove foil liner and set aside.
  • When you are ready to cook, preheat the air fryer to 400° F.
  • Carefully place the foil liner inside the basket and add the seasoned chicken. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F on a meat thermometer.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the tahini sauce in a small mixing bowl and stir until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • While chicken is cooking, place all the salad ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Now you’re ready to assemble your Shawarma wraps: spread lemon tahini sauce on a naan bread, add chicken slices, then cucumber tomato salad and finish with additional sauce if desired. Fold up the naan edges and wrap sandwich in parchment or foil.

NOTES

  • While the chicken is more flavorful and tender the longer it marinates, you can cut the marinating time to 2 hours if you’re pinched for time.
  • Use pita, flatbread or tortilla in place of the naan bread if preferred.
  • Store leftovers, separately, in airtight containers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. The salad will start to break down the longer it is stored.
  • Recipe can easily be doubled for meal prepping.
  • Low carb serving options: over salad greens, in lettuce leaf wraps or over cauliflower rice as a bowl.

Because every air fryer is different, we recommend checking your food at the halfway point and adjusting the cooking time if necessary.

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1wrap | Calories: 671kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1863mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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