Chicken Shawarma in the GoWise Rotisserie Air Fryer

This easy-to-prepare Chicken Shawarma done in the air fryer comes out moist and flavorful. Serve it with rice, lavash, and salad.
Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma

Last Updated on April 10, 2022

Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
Chicken Shawarma on a bed of Tomato Rice Pilaf

This easy-to-prepare Chicken Shawarma done in the air fryer comes out moist and flavorful. Serve it with rice, lavash, and salad.

When I got a job in Glendale, California, I had a co-worker who happened to be Armenian. He introduced me to this wonderful marinated chicken dish. I fell in love with it and I will show you how you can make it in your own home.

What is Shawarma?

Shawarma is a Levantine Arab dish consisting of meat cut into thin slices, stacked in a cone-like shape, and roasted on a slowly-turning vertical rotisserie or spit. It is an Arabic rendering of Turkish çevirme [tʃeviɾˈme] ‘turning’, referring to the turning rotisserie. Shawarma is marinated with garlic, cardamom, lemon, cayenne. and paprika, giving it a complex flavor both tangy and warm.  It’s usually served with flatbread, like Lavash, and can be rolled up for an on-the-go sandwich.  We like it with rice pilaf and yogurt salad.

How Do I Cook Shawarma?

I don’t have a vertical rotisserie. A rotisserie roaster oven does a great job on this.  The GoWise Delux 12.7-quart that I have comes with a steak cage to use in the rotisserie.  If yours doesn’t have a steak cage or a rotisserie, you could just turn the chicken manually.

Chicken thighs are perfect for making this because they have good flavor on their own and they don’t dry out very easily.  Chicken legs will also work if you slash them first. I would not recommend breasts because they might dry up too much.

I highly recommend using a vacuum sealer for marinating.  It keeps the marinade as close to the food as possible so all the flavor gets a chance to get in there.  You can also seal the bag and freeze it then defrost it and marinate it in a cold refrigerator until you are ready to cook.

What About Sides?

You can have any kind of side you want, but this is really good with Tomato Rice Pilaf that you can make in the Instant Pot. Dinner in 30 minutes? I’m in!

Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma

Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma

This easy-to-prepare Chicken Shawarma done in the air fryer comes out moist and flavorful. Serve it with rice, lavash, and salad.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 35 minutes
Cuisine: Levantine, Mediterranean
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2021-08-31
Servings (slide to adjust): 4
Calories: 222kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon corriander, ground
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, ground
  • 2 teaspoon cardamon, ground
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, ground
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly groiund
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.

Instructions

  • Mise en place
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • Put the bag on the bag holder.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • 1 tablespoon corriander, 1 tablespoon cumin, 2 teaspoon cardamon, 2 tablespoon paprika, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    Add the dry spices.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • 3 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon black pepper
    Add the black pepper and garlic.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil
    Add the lemon juice and olive oil. With your fingers on the outside of the bag, mix the ingredients thoroughly.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • 8 chicken thighs
    Add the chicken thighs.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • Massage the bag so that the chicken pieces get completely covered by the marinade.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • Vacuum seal the bag and refrigerate it until ready to cook, at least eight hours or overnight. If you want to freeze the chicken for later, you would do it now.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and get your air fryer ready.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • Put the chicken pieces in the cage and close it up.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • Put the cage in the air fryer.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • Set it for 380 F / 193 C for 18 minutes.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • Check the temperature with an instant-read thermometer. If it reads 160 F / 71.1 it's done, otherwise, keep it going for another 3 minutes.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • Remove from the cage from the air fryer and let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes before serving.
    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma
  • Enjoy!

Notes

If you have a basket air fryer, turn the chicken every 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 116gCalories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 18gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 1255mgPotassium: 405mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g
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12 Responses to Chicken Shawarma in the GoWise Rotisserie Air Fryer

  1. Liesel says:

    5 stars
    I loved this. As you suggested, I put some boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a freezer bag with the marinade and froze them. I took them out, let them defrost in the refrigerator, and put them in my air fryer. Perfection! They were seasoned just right. We had them with lavash and a green salad.

  2. Annalee says:

    4 stars
    Thanks for posting this. I have a GoWise rotisserie air fryer and I was looking for a recipe for this. It turned out great! I didn’t put as much cardamom in mine as the recipe called for. but it was very good.

  3. Cecil says:

    5 stars
    I used your marinade and put these bad boys on the grill. Great stuff. You have to try the grill next time.

  4. Aaron says:

    3 stars
    It was too spicy for me. Didn’t like it.

  5. Delbert says:

    5 stars
    I don’t have an air fryer so I put these on a sheet pan with the onions and bells peppers and put it in the oven. It turned out fine. Good flavor.

  6. Marlene says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for posting this. I was looking for something fun to put in my air fryer. Delish!

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  9. Terry says:

    That was yummy.

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  11. Smith says:

    You didn’t include the recipe for the rice. Where’s the rice?