Pork or Chicken Shawarma

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Pork or Chicken Shawarma

Course: Main Course
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Dairy Free, Low Carb
Keyword: Keto
Main Protein: Chicken, Pork
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Servings: 6
Calories: 229kcal


  • 4-6 chicken breasts boneless, skinless, sliced, can substitute pork
  • 2 Tbsp. shawarma seasoning recipe below
  • 1 large (gallon) freezer bag or reusable silicone bag

For cooking day:

  • 2 Tbsp. oil for the cooking day
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth* for the cooking day

For serving:

  • Pitas for serving
  • Parsley optional (for garnish)
  • Dill Pickles optional
  • Hummus optional
  • Tabouleh
  • Tzatziki or yogurt optional

Homemade Shawarma Seasoning:

  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. allspice
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt


Assembly Instructions:

  • Pat the chicken or pork dry and cut into 1/2 thick strips. Place all the cut meat into a medium or large resealable freezer bag.
  • Combine all shawarma seasonings together in a bowl. Add 2 Tablespoons of the mix to the bag and toss until the meat is completely coated in seasoning.
  • Remove the excess air, seal, and freeze. Place the rest of the seasoning in a medium-sized resealable freezer bag and store it in the freezer to maintain its freshness.

Instant Pot Cooking Instructions:

  • On the day of cooking, take the bag of shawarma out of the freezer to thaw.
  • Place the 2 Tbsp. of oil in the Instant Pot and select the Sauté setting. Place the chicken or pork in the Instant Pot to sear for about 2 minutes.
  • Turn off the sauté setting and add your broth or water.
  • Select the meat setting for 10 minutes. You can use the natural or quick release.


Serving instructions: spread a layer of hummus on a pita, add some of the cooked meat, top with some dill pickle slices tabbouleh, and sprinkle with a bit of parsley. We also like to add yogurt or tzatziki. Roll the pita and get to the eating! 
*can substitute vegetable broth or water for chicken broth


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 551mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 451IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 4mg