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Shawarma Spiced Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

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Shawarma Spiced Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with chicken, cauliflower, chickpeas, red onion, lemon and cilantro

It is no secret that I love taking my family’s tastebuds on a trip around the world at the dinner table and my latest recipe for this Shawarma Spiced Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner was inspired by the flavors of the Middle East! 

Shawarma Spiced Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with chicken, cauliflower, chickpeas, red onion, lemon and cilantro

I’m sure you’ve seen traditional Shawarma at Middle Eastern restaurants before. But, just in case you haven’t let me fill you in on exactly what it is. Typically a type of meat like chicken or lamb is marinated then placed on a rotating vertical spit and grilled, sometimes for as long as a day, before being shaved off into thin slices for serving. Since I don’t have a spit to roast on or an entire day to prepare dinner I’ve changed up the process quite a bit, but don’t you worry because the flavor is still all here! 

Pompeian olive oil

My simplified homemade version of chicken shawarma comes together in just about 45 minutes, with only 15 of those minutes being hands on. It is packed with some of my favorite warming spices that are used a lot in Middle Eastern cuisine, like cumin, coriander, cinnamon, paprika, turmeric, and aleppo pepper making this meal rich and decadent. Plus, thanks to a healthy pour of Pompeian Robust, Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the marinade the chicken and vegetables roast to a perfect golden brown exterior while still staying moist and tender on the inside. 

Normally when we share recipes as a part of our meat + three post series we give you 3 vegetarian main options that can be served alongside your meaty meal for the plant based eaters at your table. But, since I created a vegan version of this shawarma for you as well I decided to swap it up and pair this Shawarma Spiced Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner, with 3 sides that I love serving with it. Scroll down past the recipes for the pairings!  

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Shawarma Spiced Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with chicken, cauliflower, chickpeas, red onion, lemon and cilantro

Shawarma Spiced Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Sheet Pan Suppers

Description

While the kids and I love this meaty version, my vegetarian husband is a HUGE fan of my Vegan Sheet Pan Shawarma. They have practically the same ingredients and cook in the same amount of time, at the same temperature. I often make both versions at the same time and we feast on leftovers for lunch the next day.

To make both, simply place the sheet pan with the chicken on a lower rack in the oven and the vegan sheet pan supper on a rack that is in a higher position. This will keep any chicken splatters away from the vegan friendly dinner. 


Ingredients

juice of 2 lemons 

1/2 cup Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil

6 cloves garlic, smashed and minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

2 teaspoon sweet paprika

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon aleppo pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 large head of cauliflower broken into small florets

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 small red onions, quartered

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise, about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds

1 whole lemon, halved for roasting on pan

Optional garnishes: cilantro or micro green cilantro, crumbled feta, sliced green onions.


Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°F and line a 13″ x 18″ baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine the lemon juice, Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, aleppo pepper flakes, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine. Divide the marinade into 2 bowls.

Add the chicken to the first bowl, tuning to coat each piece in the marinade. Set aside.

Add the cauliflower florets and chickpeas to the second bowl, turning the ingredients together with a large spoon or tongs until all of the vegetables are coated.

Arrange the chicken on the sheet pan first, spooning any remaining marinade from the bowl on top of the pieces of chicken. Next, add the seasoned cauliflower and chickpeas to the pan around the chicken. Layer in the onion quarters and place the 2 lemon halves, cut side down on the pan, one near the top and one near the bottom. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165°F and the vegetables are tender.

To serve, squeeze the roasted lemon halves over the chicken and vegetables then garnish with desired toppings. Serve immediately. 


Notes

If you don’t have a sheet pan that is as large as the one I use you can use 2 smaller sheet pans and divide the ingredients between them. 

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.