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Bringing you all some summery vibes with this Grilled Chicken Shawarma with Golden Butter Fries and Garlic Sauce. These middle eastern-inspired chicken skewers are the homemade “street food” you need in your life. Spicy marinated grilled chicken skewers, served with homemade golden fries, creamy garlic white sauce, and summer cherry tomatoes. This grilled chicken shawarma is simple to throw together, full of fresh ingredients, colorful, super flavorful, and so delicious. The perfect summer grilling recipe to serve any night of the week…or at your next backyard BBQ.

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When it comes to summer recipes I tend to favor the fruity, produce heavy recipes over the meaty grilling recipes. You all know I love a fruit-based dessert, a simple summer pasta…with all the cherry tomatoes, crostini with strawberries, or a dinner full of zucchini.

Over the past almost 8 years of HBH, I haven’t shared very many recipes requiring the grill. But with July 4th this weekend I really wanted to share an easy grilling recipe. Enter this chicken shawarma. Chicken shawarma is a classic middle eastern style street food. Traditionally, it is thinly sliced, stacked on a rotisserie, and roasted. But today we’re making it at home and on the grill, with crispy golden oven fries plus the best garlic sauce.

This isn’t your traditional July 4th cookout recipe, but honestly, nothing about this year’s celebrations are going to be traditional. So, I thought we’d break away from the average ribs and BBQ chicken. Very typical of me, I know, but I like to keep things fresh and never boring. That, and my brother has been sending me a lot of messages hinting that I need to make more recipes for the grill…because it’s summer and “the people” love grilling recipes.

I actually took his advice, which I normally hesitate to do, but it all turned out pretty darn good.

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The details on this grilled chicken shawarma.

Start with the chicken. If you’re unfamiliar with Chicken Shawarma, it’s a simple middle eastern dish that can be made using either poultry, beef, or lamb and is served in or on a pita with a savory yogurt sauce. The chicken is marinated in a mix of middle eastern spices…garlic, lots of lemon, and olive oil. It’s traditional to roast the chicken, but I went for skewers on the grill. You can certainly roast the chicken if you prefer not to use the grill, either works. But the grill adds a nice flavor and chars on the outside while staying juicy on the inside.

For marinating, I toss the chicken with smoked paprika, cumin, turmeric, garlic, lemon, and red pepper flakes. I like to let the chicken marinate while I get everything else together. I’m not sure about you guys, but I can never plan ahead enough to cook a recipe requiring a long marinating time.

It almost never happens, so I usually just do a quick “marinade” of fifteen to thirty minutes. It works.

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While the chicken marinates, make the fries.

Golden butter with a little garlic and lots of flaky sea salt, so good. In fact, if you make only one thing from this recipe, maybe it should be these fries. They are delicious. If you love golden rice, but you love potatoes even more, than you’re going to LOVE these fries. They’re hard to stop eating.

Yes, you need to turn your oven on to make these fries (or if you have an air fryer you could certainly air fry them). I promise these fries are so worth it.

There are a few tricks you need to know when it comes to these golden fries.

First, one of the keys here is adding just the right amount of turmeric and garlic. You want flavorful, but not overpowering.

My other tip to these for these crisp oven-baked fries is to be sure not to overcrowd the baking sheet. If you have too many potatoes crowding the pan, the fries will steam instead of crisp. So, if you need to…use two baking sheets…do not overcrowd! It’s better to have extra space on the baking sheet than a pan full of soggy fries. Trust me.

And lastly, add a little butter. The butter adds that richness that the deep frier adds. For whatever reason, it really helps to highlight the turmeric on the fries.

So simple…SO GOOD.

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Finish it up and put it all together.

And then finally, the garlic sauce. It’s simple, plain Greek yogurt or avocado mayo, lemon, grated garlic, and salt. But here’s another little tip. The garlic used for the golden fries is roasted whole instead of chopped. If you love a roasted garlic flavor, I highly recommend smashing the roasted garlic cloves into a paste and stirring them into the white sauce. The roasted garlic will add a rich, more in-depth flavor that is so delicious.

Once the fries are close to being ready, and the garlic sauce is made, grill the chicken, and then put it all together. I serve the fries and chicken the classic way they’d do it on the street, with fresh naan/pita, tomatoes, cucumber, and shredded lettuce. I also use homemade naan, but feel free to use your favorite store-bought pita or flatbread.

Last up, add a very generous amount of that garlic sauce…which my oldest brother says is key. He also says to use mayo, never yogurt, in the sauce. Oh, and to crumble on some feta too, because why not?


And you know what I love about this recipe?

It’s not just a grilled chicken recipe. Nope, it’s so much more.

It’s an all-in-one meal, there’s even a little salad…if you count the tomatoes and lettuce that I say are “for serving”. It’s all just really good food. The chicken is tender, flavorful, and extra juicy due to the marinating. The fries are pretty much just addicting, and the creamy white sauce really ties it all together.

Just add that naan and the vegetable toppings and you”ll have a complete dinner. I love an all-in-one style recipe that makes getting dinner together simple and easy!

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Looking for other summer grilling recipes? Here are some favorites:

Lebanese Chicken with Charred Lemon Cauliflower

Pesto Chicken Ceasar Salad

California Chicken, Veggie, Avocado and Rice Bowls

Lastly, if you make this grilled chicken shawarma with golden butter fries and garlic sauce, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Grilled Chicken Shawarma with Golden Butter Fries and Garlic Sauce

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 607 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Golden Fries


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the chicken, 1/4 cup olive oil, the paprika, cumin, turmeric, 4 cloves garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, crushed red pepper, and a large pinch of salt. Toss to coat. Marinate for 15 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge.
    2. Meanwhile, make the fries. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the potatoes on a large baking sheet and toss with olive oil, turmeric, cayenne, smashed garlic cloves and a large pinch of salt. Spread the fries in an even layer. Do not overcrowd the pan, if needed, divide the fries between 2 baking sheets. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip and bake for 15 minutes more. Add the butter, toss, and return to the oven for another 5 minutes. You want the potatoes to be tender, yet crispy. 
    3. To make the garlic sauce, combine the yogurt, 2 cloves grated garlic (see note), and 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice. Season with salt. Taste, adding more of the lemon as desired.
    4. Set your grill, grill pan, or skillet to medium-high heat. Take skewers and thread the chicken pieces on. Grill the skewers until lightly charred and cooked through, turning them occasionally throughout cooking, about 10 to 12 minutes total. During the same time, grill the shallots for 2-3 minutes per side. Alternately, you can roast the chicken at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
    5. In a bowl, combine the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, the mixed herbs, and a pinch of salt. Add the shallots, tossing to coat.
    6. Serve the chicken topped with garlic sauce and herb oil. Add the fries on the side with naan. Enjoy!


Roasted Garlic Cloves: you can use the roasted garlic cloves from the golden fries in the garlic sauce instead of raw garlic for an added depth of flavor to the sauce. 
Naan: I love serving this with my favorite Garlic Butter Naan
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  1. 5 stars
    This was CRAZY good! Lots of complements from the family! I really wanted the fries, but decided to go with rice instead. I toasted garlic and onion with the rice, added some of the shawarma seasoning, and let it go. We added fresh hummus to the plate with your chicken shawarma, and ALL OF THE YESES! You are brilliant; my dinner was delicious, the leftovers at lunch were yum, too! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    My 9 year old said multiple times, “this is the best dinner we have ever had!” That is coming from a fairly picky eater. I served it with the naan recipe and it was the bomb. Thanks!!!

  3. 5 stars
    My husband and I loved this recipe. We never make this type of cuisine so it was a nice deviation. Super easy, great flavour. I make the chicken in a cast iron skilltet which worked fine. Beware of turmeric lol we never cook with it and are now googling how to remove it from various surfaces and items haha

    1. Oh no!! I hope it comes out for you! I am really glad this recipe was delicious though, Chelle! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Made this last night to a very happy household. I had some mint and parsley in our garden and used that for the herb oil. Don’t leave this out! It really made a difference and set off the meal. We grilled some naan bread at the end and served it all with roasted broccoli. Last note- pay attention to the fries. I was very close to overcooking them because I kept adding time to make sure they were crispy. But they ended up just right (and this was even after I forgot the butter at the end!). I sprinkled some chopped green onion from the garden over the fries before serving and they were fantastic. I am typically too lazy to write reviews but this recipe was a hit

  5. This meal was DELICIOUS. The fries were even good leftover (I’m not even sure how we had any left though). One issue though…the list of ingredients only listed one lemon for the marinade and didn’t include the lemon for the yogurt sauce, so our sauce was basically just mayo. Otherwise, will definitely be making again! Thanks for another great dinner!

    1. Thank you so much for trying this one, Lauren! I am really glad it turned out so well for you! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner the other night, blew me away. I’ve never made my own fries except for your salad recipe with the sweet potato fries. The fries had such an amazing different flavor and barely needed salt. All plates were clean after dinner. Yum! Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I added some cucumbers and tomatoes into the olive oil sauce and it made a great addition.

  8. I made this almost exactly as written and it was delicious. I cut back the cumin quantity since I’m not a big fan and i was out of shallots. I only had a little fresh parsley and some fresh mint for fresh herbs, added alittle dry dill for the sauce but it worked, and I used the roasted garlic from the fries as suggested in the notes. We will make this again.

    1. Thank you so much Vicki! That is really amazing to hear! I hope you continue to love my recipes! xTieghan

  9. Just wondering if the Shallots are a topping or do they go in the sauce? Looks divine and I will be making this tomorrow!

    1. Hi Pat,
      I use them in the sauce! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    I made this tonight…my picky husband devoured it and my 2-year-old had seconds! So delicious. I subbed the roasted garlic everywhere the recipe calls for garlic and chopped up some chives for the garlic (yogurt) sauce to brighten it up. Since I just made oven fries last night I made rice instead and used the sauce from the garlic fries over the rice and it was perfect! Highly recommend this delicious summer meal!