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Air fryer chicken shawarma bowls

Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Bowls

Summer Yule
Savory marinated chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, pickled onions, and feta are scattered over a bed of fresh baby lettuce. Don't forget the creamy tahini dressing!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 18 hrs
marinating time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 18 hrs 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4
Calories 412 kcal


For the marinated chicken:

  • 1 lb. chicken thighs, cut into thick strips (454 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons oregano, dried
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the shawarma bowls:

  • 4 cups baby lettuce
  • 6 Persian cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 25-30 kalamata olives, pitted (packed in vinegar)
  • 3 ounces fat-free feta, crumbled (85 grams)
  • pickled red onions, drained (½ an onion's worth) (I used this recipe, skip the sugar if desired)
  • 4 whole wheat pita bread (optional)
  • cooking oil spray of choice

Tahini-lemon sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water


The night before you have this meal:

  • Mix all of the "for the marinated chicken" ingredients together except the chicken. Add the chicken last and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  • If you are making your own pickled onions, those should be started the night before as well.

The evening you have this meal:

  • Mist your air fryer baking trays lightly with the cooking oil spray. Put the marinated chicken strips on the trays in a single layer.
  • Bake the chicken for 15 minutes at 350°F (175°C). Then flip the chicken pieces over, switch the position of the trays in the oven, and cook for an additional 3 minutes at 400°F (200°C).
  • While the chicken cooks, whisk the tahini-lemon sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
  • Divide the baby lettuce between the bowls. Top with the cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, olives, and pickled onions. Add the chicken once it has finished cooking.
  • Drizzle your bowls with the tahini-lemon sauce. These can be eaten as a salad or stuffed into the optional whole wheat pita. Your choice!


This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). The calorie count for this meal does not include the whole-wheat pita. This is a low-calorie meal, so I’d add the pita if you are not trying to lose weight. As you can deduce by the photos, we included the pita!
Those following a low-carb plan will either want to use a low-carb wrap alternative or skip the wrap. Another way to lighten the meal is to skip the tahini sauce. The marinated chicken and onions provide a lot of flavor even if you choose to omit the sauce.


Calories: 412kcal
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