Chicken Shawarma Meal Prep

This chicken meal prep recipe features healthy chicken shawarma with a tasty yogurt sauce. This entire meal prep is for weight loss, but still has big flavors.

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Chicken meal prepping for weight loss

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Chicken Shawarma with Herby Salad

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 42 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes
Servings: 5 meals
Author: Bobby Parrish


For the chicken:

  • 2 pounds ground chicken breast
  • 3 cloves garlic grated or finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 teaspoons each smoked paprika & ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pistachios unsalted
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Few cracks of fresh black pepper

For the yogurt sauce:

  • ½ cup non fat greek yogurt
  • Zest & juice of half a lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Couple cracks of pepper

For the salad:

  • 1 bunch of Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch of lacinato/dino kale
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa about 1/3 cup raw
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios unsalted
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Couple cracks of pepper


  1. Cook’s notes: Cook the quinoa ahead of time so it dries out a little before adding to the salad. You could make 1 day ahead of time, or even use cooked and frozen quinoa or brown rice for this recipe. Just reheat it, cool it down, and add to the salad.
  2. For the chicken shawarma, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken and remaining shawarma ingredients. Use your hands and mix until everything is very well combined. Line a meatloaf tin with parchment paper and pack in the chicken mixture, making sure it’s evenly distributed. If you are not using parchment, oil the inside of the tin, or you can use a sheet tray and free form it like meatloaf. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 158 degrees F. Remove from oven let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. While the shawarma is baking, make the salad by cutting the parsley leaves from the stalk, finely chopping them, and add to a large bowl. Remove the center stalks from the kale, finely chop the leaves, and add to the bowl along with 1 cup of cooked quinoa. Add the chopped pistachios, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and mix well. Check for seasoning, you may need more lemon juice as you want the flavor to be bright and fresh. Set aside.
  4. Make the yogurt sauce by combining everything in a small bowl and whisking well. Check for seasoning and set aside.
  5. After the shawarma has cooled for a few minutes, remove from the tin and throw away the parchment paper. Finely slice the loaf using a sharp knife, the thinner the better. Serve the sliced shawarma with some salad and sauce, enjoy!
  6. Everything will keep in the fridge for 5 days, the only item you can freeze is the chicken shawarma, it will keep for 2-3 months in the freezer. When time to reheat the chicken shawarma, either heat in a 400 degree F oven covered with tin foil, or warm in a pan on the stove. If using the microwave, cover the container with a water paper towel and make sure not to heat too high or too long, otherwise the meat will dry out.

Recipe Notes

359 calories per meal
11.5 grams of fat per meal
48 grams of protein per meal
16.8 grams of carbs per meal
2.5 grams of fiber per meal

4 thoughts on “Chicken Shawarma Meal Prep”

  1. Made this ages ago and will be making it again this week, i absolutely love the chicken shawarma it is amazingly juicy and the raisins give it just enough sweetness, but i wasn’t fussed with the kale salad. But that’s just me not liking kale and overly herby flavors. But this week i’m gonna make the shawarma with the eggplant and broccolini veggies from the new meatloaf recipe cause they look awesome.

    1. hey Kiara, good call using the eggplant and broccoli and pairing it with the shawarma..that is gold 😉

  2. I somehow stumbled upon this video on YouTube last night, clearly late to the party. This recipe so intrigued me I bought the stuff and made it for dinner tonight. Home run! So much flavor and so easy. Thank you! Now for the salmon cakes tomorrow. You’ve got a new fan and subscriber!

    1. Woo hoo! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! I’m sure you’ll find plenty more of them on my channel and blog that you will love! Keep on cookin’!

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