Healthy Chicken Shawarma

I am grateful that this week my kids finally started school full time. The last weeks before school, my email was bombarded with messages about class placement and the COVID policies from two schools, the school board in my region, and the aftercare program. For now, my younger son will attend school in person every day. My older son will attend school on alternating days in the morning for 2.5 hours. And the rest of the school time, he will study online.

In my mourning routine, this time, I am back to pack only one lunch box. It was a nice break from March that I did not have to pack two lunches, but I do hope that the schools will remain open and we won’t be going backwards to online learning.

So for Friday’s lunch, I made this quick and easy Chicken Shawarma. I love the mix of the spices since each spice has it’s own health benefit. Cinnamon is good for insulin sensitivity. Cumin and turmeric have antioxidant activity. Red paprika contains iron and helps absorbing minerals. Overall, the marinade ingredients’ combination makes the chicken breast very juicy and healthy homemade choice.

Time: Preparation : ~15 minutes, Marinade: 20 min., Cooking : ~40 minutes.


  • Chicken breasts – 5 boneless, skinless and cut
  • Olive oil – 1/2 cup
  • Onion – 1 medium chopped
  • Garlic – 5 cloves minced
  • Fresh lemon juice -from 1/4 of medium lemon


  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Smoked paprika – 2 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon


In a large bowl mix all the dry spices. Add lemon juice and olive oil and mix well. Add chopped onion and garlic and mix well. Combine the chicken breast and let the chicken be in the marinade for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 360°F. Spread the chicken on a baking tray with a parchment paper. And cook in the oven for ~40 minutes.

Bon Appetit!

11 thoughts on “Healthy Chicken Shawarma

  1. It must be a difficult year with having children, both when they’re not in school as you juggle everything else, and the worry when they go back. I hope things can settle into a more balanced routine for a while now. I LOVE the sound of this Shawarma. I’ve heard of it before but didn’t know what was actually in it, but I love chicken and spices so I think I could eat the whole tray full. Yummmmmm! xx

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    1. Yes, it was a difficult year and for them too, especially the younger one that did not have his friends around. Also, online learning is not as easy as it sounds. So I also do hope that they will continue to attend school in person, will see how it goes here in Ontario. I am glad that you like my Shawarma, Caz! 🙂 I usually prefer chicken thighs cause they are less dry, but this marinade is actually good and keeps the chicken moist. I hope you are having a good weekend. Kisses.

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  2. My heart goes out to all the families who are trying to school their children during this difficult time! I’m glad your kids are back in school, at least part time for the older one, and hope that it works out for you. And thanks for sharing that recipe….it looks delicious!

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    1. At the beginning of the pandemic, I personally lowered my educational expectation from the school and the teachers. It removed lots of unnecessary pressure on me. I do honestly believe that if you are determined enough and have the will to learn, you will catch up later. Thank you for your kind words, Ann!

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  3. Bless your heart, Svet. As a mama, this must have really been an especially tough time for you and your family. When you are concerned about the well-being of your babies, everything changes. Where education is concerned, it’s even more so. You must have felt overwhelmed at times? Praying everyone remains safe. 🙏🏼

    My friend, I cannot get over how incredible this dish looks. Honest to goodness, we are absolutely going to try this in our home! Wow, the combination of spices and flavors just sound out of this world. It’s fairly ‘simple’ too, so I’m loving it all the more. Each of the ingredients you listed are high on our list as well.

    I am so grateful to you for sharing this. I’ll let you know how it comes along when we make it, hopefully in the very near future! 😉 Sending my love to you & yours!

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    1. Thank you, Holly! Bless your heart too! It was a rough time for us, and there were days that I needed to pull myself together to function. When I do feel overwhelmed with everything, I just take a step back and slow down, trying to do less. And come back when I feel ready. Day by day.
      Luckily, my husband was home to help with the kids’ education, which reduced the pressure from me. Also, the boys are enrolled in an online program for their age for math and language.
      I am trying to do my best by cooking as healthy as possible. I was surprised that the combination of the spices worked out too. Cinnamon is usually used for baking apples but can be added to the meat. I was reading that paprika is good to prevent grey hair, I don’t know how true it is, but I now use it more often. Cumin is my new favorite spice, I add it to my soups. I am sending you my love to you and yours!

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  4. Looks delicious! Your family is lucky to have you…You prepare such wonderful food! I can tell that they appreciate it…so much love in every bite. I raised four children and I know how very hungry they are…all the time!!! We have so many family favorite recipes now. My grown children are creating their own ideas to add to the mix. Thank you for sharing so many great recipes. All of my children can cook. I have three boys and one girl. I look forward now to eating at their houses!!! Wonderful family time, sharing a meal together. And, they use candles and tablecloths, and make it so festive!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! My respect for you for raising four kids. With two kids, I felt overwhelmed at times, so four kids seem like mission impossible. Three boys and a girl are so cool. Yes, I spend a lot of time cooking lately, and they are hungry all the time, which is good. I think that family recipes are good at bringing all the family together and enjoy a delicious meal. That sounds wonderful that your children can cook and add a festive touch to the whole meal is awesome. I hope you are having a good evening. Kisses

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  5. Family time is so very important…sharing meals together is a blessing. This summer, we shared many meals outdoors and it was wonderful! I even love to drink my coffee outside! (You might consider creating a cookbook with tips on family get-togethers.) I think it would be a very good book! It is a busy time now for you raising children, but you could start jotting down ideas and recipes now to save for later. Feeding a family healthy and nutritious food is a lot of work…and people need all the help they can get in that department! It is also an art to create beautiful and healthy menus…putting it all together is not an easy feat of accomplishment.

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    1. I agree, family time is very important and a blessing in itself. I love to eat outdoors and enjoy nature. I have my coffee beside my desk at work, so you are lucky to have it outside! I would love one day to have a cookbook, in my opinion for now I just don’t have enough healthy recipes. I am still trying new things in the kitchen and I hope that one day I will have enough for a great cookbook. Thank you for your suggestion!

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