Shawarma + arayas = sharayas! Ground chicken seasoned with shawarma spice, fresh chopped onion and cilantro, tucked inside a pita and baked until crisp. Serve with Israeli salad and tahina for a full meal in minutes. Use store bought shawarma spice or make your own with the recipe from McCormick Spice.

Sharayas Recipe

Shawarma + Arayas = Sharayas!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course


  • bowl
  • mini food processor
  • sheet pan


  • 1 lb. ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 T. *Shawarma spice *see notes
  • 1 t. Salt
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 c. cilantro finely chopped
  • 8 pitas cut in half
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Zaatar for sprinkling optional


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Mix chicken, shawarma spice, salt, onion and cilantro together in a bowl.
  • Stuff chicken mixture into pitas and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush with oil and sprinkle zaatar on both sides.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, cut in half and flip over. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until crisp on both sides and chicken is cooked through.


Shawarma spice can be bought already blended or you can make your own. I used the recipe from McCormick Spices that you can find at:
Keyword baked, chicken, pita

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