This Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wrap transforms this popular Middle Eastern street food into a quick and easy homemade recipe! Cooked to juicy perfection, tender chunks of chicken are seasoned with warm spices and stuffed in fluffy pita bread or naan and topped off with fresh veggies, creamy tzatziki, and more for a satisfying meal you can whip up in minutes. 

a naan bread chicken shawarma wrap  topped with lettuce, red onion, parsley, and tzatziki

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wrap 

Who can ever say no to a warm shawarma wrap? It’s one of our favorite street foods and is something we’ve learned how to make just as good (if not better) at home! If you’re feeding a crowd, you can’t go wrong with sheet pan chicken shawarma

However, when hanger strikes and you need a quick, delicious meal in a pinch, this air fryer chicken shawarma wrap truly saves the day! It’s: 

  • Made with simple, nutritious ingredients. 
  • High in protein and full of robust flavors. 
  • Cooked in less than 20 minutes
  • Perfect for feeding the whole family with ease. 

What Is a Chicken Shawarma Wrap? 

Traditionally, a chicken shawarma wrap is a sandwich of sorts made with shawarma chicken that is slow-roasted on a spit over the course of several days. Then, it’s shaved off the rack and stuffed in pita bread with fresh veggies and Middle Eastern sauces. 

Common in the Middle East, you’ll often find chicken shawarma or shawarma meat of any kind being served by street vendors as part of a platter or in a shawarma wrap. For this air fryer chicken shawarma, we took all the warm spices and creamy texture of the marinade and made it super quick and easy to make! 

Is a Chicken Shawarma Wrap Basically a Burrito? 

Not quite. Although both foods contain seasoned meat wrapped in bread or a tortilla, this is where their similarities end. 

To begin, shawarma wraps are always made with shawarma meat such as chicken, lamb, or beef. Then, there are a few extra ingredients like veggies and hummus, tzatziki, or tahini. There isn’t much variation in how the food is made. 

Ingredients You’ll Need

For this air fryer chicken shawarma wrap, we used the traditional ingredients you’d expect to see in a shawarma recipe. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Chicken – Sliced chicken tenders cook quickly and make for a fairly lean recipe.
  • Veggies – Red peppers, green peppers, red onion, and garlic add a pop of color, extra nutrients, and tons of flavor. 
  • Olive Oil – A great source of healthy fats, olive oil ensures the seasonings cling to the chicken and helps all of the ingredients crisp up in the air fryer
  • Shawarma Spices – This can usually be found in the ethnic or spice section of your local grocery store. Or, you can easily make your own DIY shawarma spice blend
  • Greek Yogurt – This is a key component in any shawarma wrap recipe! The creamy texture locks in moisture, keeping the chicken juicy and adding a satisfying tang that balances out the warmth of the spices. 
  • Naan Bread – This forms the base of the wrap, holding all of the fillings. If preferred, pita bread works great, too. 

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma 

Once you test out this air fryer shawarma wrap recipe, you’ll never go back to other methods again! 

  1. Prepare. Slice all the veggies and chicken, and preheat your air fryer
  2. Combine. Add all the ingredients to the basket of the air fryer, tossing to combine. 
  3. Air Fryer. Cook until the veggies are soft and the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165˚ Fahrenheit.
  4. Assemble. Divide the shawarma chicken and veggies into naan bread, add all your favorite toppings, and enjoy! 
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An air fryer chicken shawarma wrap with naan bread, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion with a shite sauce on the side.

Topping Options

When it comes to making the perfect air fryer chicken shawarma wrap, the chicken is key. However, you can’t forget about the toppings! Not only do they make your wrap Instagram-worthy, but they’re also a great way to add color, flavor, texture, and nutrients! Some of our favorite options include: 

Serving Suggestions 

You can definitely serve your air fryer chicken shawarma wrap on its own for a filling meal. However, it also pairs amazingly with sides like: 

How to Store

If you want to prepare your air fryer chicken shawarma wrap ahead of time, we highly recommend keeping the filling separate from your naan until just before serving. Otherwise, it’s likely to become soggy! 

That said, once fully cooled, you can transfer the chicken shawarma wrap filling to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 3-5 days.  

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03/13/2024 10:54 pm GMT
An air fryer chicken shawarma wrap topped with tzatziki sauce.

Common Questions About This Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wrap

Is a chicken shawarma wrap healthy? 

Generally speaking, this chicken shawarma wrap is a well-rounded, healthy meal! High in protein, healthy fats, and fiber, it also has a good amount of carbs for a scrumptious recipe that will leave you feeling full and energized. 

Why isn’t my chicken crispy? 

Chicken shawarma isn’t meant to be crispy, because the yogurt marinade locks in moisture, keeping it tender and juicy. 

Why did my chicken turn out rubbery? 

If your air fryer chicken shawarma turns out rubbery, it’s most often because the heat was too high or it was left in the air fryer too long. Be sure to keep a close eye on it, and follow the recipe as instructed! 

What kind of chicken is best? 

For this chicken shawarma wrap recipe, we prefer to use chicken tenders or chicken breasts to keep it fairly lean. However, chicken thighs can be used, too. Just keep in mind that the cooking time will need to be adjusted, and the taste and texture will change. 

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Air fryer chicken shawarma wrap topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and tzatziki.

Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wrap Recipe

4.61 from 28 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
This Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wrap transforms your favorite Middle Eastern street food into a quick and easy homemade recipe!

Ingredients  

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons shawarma spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 6 pieces Naan bread for serving
  • Optional Toppings: tomatoes, lettuce, parsley

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Slice the chicken and veggies. Add all the ingredients (except the naan bread and toppings) to the basket of the air fryer, and toss to combine. (Alternatively, combine the ingredients in a large bowl).
    1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, 1 red bell pepper, 1 green bell pepper, 1/2 red onion, 3 garlic cloves, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 4 Tablespoons shawarma spice, 1 teaspoon salt, Black pepper to taste, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • Air fry 16-18 minutes or until the veggies are soft and the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Divide the mixture, and add it to the naan bread along with toppings, if desired.
    6 pieces Naan bread for serving, Optional Toppings: tomatoes,
  • Store the chicken shawarma filling separately in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1374mg | Potassium: 652mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 897IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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29 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! We topped ours with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, tzatziki and feta- my husband and so loved them. I got the shawarma spice on Amazon as someone else had mentioned. Also had to do 2 batches, but no big deal! This is a keeper, thanks ❤️

    1. We haven’t tried it but think it would work! We would love to know how it goes if you do give it a try. 😊

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

    2. 5 stars
      Hi lovlies, I just made this for dinner it was delicious. I made your spice mix. Marinated the chicken in one tablespoon of mix and one of Greek yogurt. then chopped and added rest of ingredients another tbs of mix and yogurt. cut all chunky and added a Zucchini. I’m in NZ and cooked at 180 Deg C. for 15 mins and max chrisp for 3 mins. Was delicious moist and just perfectly charred 🙂 My husband’s new favourite.

      1. We’re so happy it turned out well for you, Jay! Thank you for trying it out and taking the time to leave a review. 😊

        Xo,
        Alia & Radwa

  2. 2 stars
    I made this and it didn’t fit in my air fryer, so I had to cook in batches. The veggies burned. Just be sure to watch it. Wasn’t impressed with this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    This meal was DELICIOUS, easy, and ready in 20 mins including cutting the chicken and veg!!!! I made an authentic shawarma spice mix to sprinkle over everything. I served it with warmed garlic naan, a light layer of Greek yogurt, then the shawarma mixture, lettuce, tomatoes, parsley and a donair/garlic aioli sauce. Perfection! I feel this will now be a staple in our dinner rotation! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe was easy and delicious! It made about 8 pitas. I topped with them with Lettuce, tomatoes, feta, and taziki. I will definitely be making it again soon.

  5. 4 stars
    Made this for Father’s Day. So flavorful, colorful, so tasty! and Naan, its just delicious 😊 Thanks for sharing!

  6. I’m wanting to make this. In your list of ingredients, you mention Greek yogurt, but nowhere in the instructions is the Greek yogurt mentioned. I’m assuming it’s to make tzaziki?? Please clarify…. thanks!

    1. Great question! It actually gets added into the air fryer with all the ingredients. You will mix it with the uncooked chicken, veggies, and spices. The yogurt helps keep the chicken moist! Hope this helps!

  7. 5 stars
    Tried this tonight for the first time. Followed your directions exactly. My husband and I really enjoyed this and will make again. Made a tzatziki sauce off Love and lemons which really brought this dish together. Ordered the spice off Amazon. Highly recommend!

    1. 5 stars
      so good and one of my whole familys favorites now! We added Lebanese garlic sauce, sweet pickles, pickled turnips and lettuce and it’s so much better than take out! thanks!!

  8. 1 star
    I really wanted this to be amazing, very disappointed in the dryness of the dish.. The chicken was not overdone, made your spice recipe Just tasted blaahh of course this is the first time I have ever made a dish with these spices . Would I make this again, unfortunately no

    1. Sorry to hear that this recipe didn’t work for you. We appreciate the feedback, was the seasoning too overpowering?