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Shawarma Soup in a white bowl

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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chickenshawarma, easysoup, healthysoup
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 8 people
Calories 353kcal


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.


  • 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.



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. 


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