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Chicken Shawarma Soup

Main Dishes  |  Published on Oct 18, 2019  |  Last modified on Nov 16, 2019

Take all of your favorite flavors of Middle-Eastern Chicken Shawarma and put it in soup form! Chicken, vegetables and rice are the base of this soup and you’ll love how easy it is to make!

Yeah, I went there. I’ve found an easy way to make Chicken Shawarma into a soup at home with the same authentic flavors.

What is Chicken Shawarma?

Traditionally, Chicken Shawarma is slowly cooked on a rotisserie and shaved off in thin slices into a pita. My version in this soup uses use chicken thighs resulting in a tender and juicy protein that’ll you’ll love just as much. Shawarma is typically very garlicky as well!

chicken shawarma soup in white bowls topped with sour cream and cilantro with pita bread on the site

What you’ll need for Chicken Shawarma Soup

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Chicken Shawarma seasoning (recipe below)
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Chicken Broth or Vegetable broth
  • Water
  • Wild Rice
  • Garnish ideas: yogurt/sour cream, cilantro
  • Serve with warm pita bread

Homemade Chicken Shawarma Seasoning

You can purchase shawarma seasoning at the store, or you can make your own! I think the secret to making this soup is the warm spices added in…they provide so much flavor!

Mix the following ingredients together:

  • 2 Tbsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. Allspice
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
seasonings for chicken shawarma marinade on a plate

How to make Chicken Shawarma Soup

Cut your chicken thighs into bite sized pieces. Then, make the marinade for the chicken. In a large ziplock baggie, mix the chicken thigh pieces with 2 Tbsp. shawarma seasoning, 3 Tbsp. olive oil and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Marinate your chicken thighs for 1-2 hours, or overnight if you’d like.

In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, heat 3 Tbsp. olive oil. Add in garlic and then the mirepoix: chopped onion, carrots and celery. Cook for about 6-10 minutes stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender and fragrant.

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Add in 4 cups broth, 2 cups water and then the chicken. Bring to a boil, and then down to a simmer with the lid on until the chicken is cooked, about 20-30 minutes.

Lastly, add in the jasmine or basmati white rice and place the lid back on and cook for another 15-20 minutes on simmer or until the rice has cooked.

Serve warm with pita bread and garnish with cilantro and a dollop of sour cream or yogurt.

chicken shawarma soup being ladled out of a large blue stockpot

Can I use a different type of protein?

Yes! This recipe is also great with lamb or beef.

Can I use brown rice instead of white?

Yes! Brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice, so the brown may take about 20 minutes longer to cook.

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Chicken Shawarma Soup

Take all of your favorite flavors of Middle-Eastern Chicken Shawarma and put it in soup form! Chicken, vegetables and rice are the base of this soup and you'll love how easy it is to make!
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Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Tawnie Kroll

Equipment

  • Large stock pot

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 2.5 lb Chicken thighs, boneless skinless
  • 2 Tbsp. Shawarma seasoning* recipe below in notes
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil

For the soup:

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cup Wild Rice, or Jasmine rice*
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 slices Pita Bread
  • Garnish: serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt and chopped cilantro.

Instructions

  • Cut your chicken thighs into bite sized pieces. Then, make the marinade for the chicken. In a large ziplock baggie, mix the chicken thigh pieces with 2 Tbsp. shawarma seasoning, 3 Tbsp. olive oil and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Marinate your chicken thighs for 1-2 hours, or overnight if you'd like.
  • In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, heat 3 Tbsp. olive oil. Add in garlic and then the mirepoix: chopped onion, carrots and celery. Cook for about 6-10 minutes stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender and fragrant.
    Add in 4 cups broth, 2 cups water and then the chicken. Bring to a boil, and then down to a simmer with the lid on until the chicken is cooked, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Lastly, add in the jasmine or basmati white rice and place the lid back on and cook for another 20-30 minutes on simmer or until the rice has cooked. Serve warm with pita bread and garnish with cilantro and a dollop of sour cream or yogurt.
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Notes

Homemade Shawarma Seasoning:
  • 2 Tbsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. Allspice
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
 
You can use lamb or beef instead of chicken if you prefer!
Any rice may be used, just note it’s cook time. Jasmine or Basmati rice will take ~20 minutes while wild rice or brown rice may take longer. 20-30 minutes. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.8g | Protein: 32.4g

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  1. I love the idea of using chicken thighs for this recipe. I always find them more tender and juicy than white chicken. This looks like a great soup for a cold night.

  2. My husband comes home from a business trip tonight and THIS is what I’m making for the welcome home dinner. We love Chicken Shawarma and what a brilliant variation this time of year in a soup! Great pictures, too!

  3. This soup looks delicious! I’ve been wanting to try a new chicken soup recipe and this is IT! Can’t wait to try it!

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