Shawarma Chicken and Rice Pita

This Shawarma Chicken and Rice Pita combines jasmine rice, veggies and chicken into a quick and easy take on the Middle Eastern-style meal.

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Shawarma Chicken and Rice Pita

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 2 mins
Servings SERVES 2
Ready in TOTAL TIME 7 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 2 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Jasmine Rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1 tsp shawarma spice blend
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 large pita breads
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes


  • Filled with flavor and hearty ingredients, this simple recipe, made with shawarma-seasoned chicken and rice, is ready to enjoy in less than 10 minutes. For simple prep, use our fragrant Minute® Ready to Serve Jasmine Rice.

    Step 1

  • Stir together rice, chicken and spice blend in a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through. Stir in yogurt.

    Step 2

  • Divide chicken and rice mixture between pitas by spooning along the center of each pita, leaving a 1/2-inch border at either end. Top filling with lettuce and tomatoes.  To serve, cut each pita in half.

    Recipe Tips

    For a different flavor profile, substitute za’atar seasoning for the shawarma spice blend.

    To make a batch of homemade shawarma spice blend, mix together 1 tablespoon each ground cumin, paprika and turmeric, 1 teaspoon each salt, black pepper and garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

    To soften pita bread, microwave for 30-45 seconds before filling. This allows for easy rolling with no cracks or rips.

Homemade Favorites

The next time you’re in the mood for a delicious shawarma recipe, try this recipe instead of calling for takeout! Ready in less than 10 minutes, and made using simple pantry ingredients, this dish couldn’t be easier to put together or tastier. Simply heat some chicken together with shawarma spice blend and add Minute® Ready to Serve Jasmine Rice for a fragrant base. Then, blend in Greek yogurt for creaminess and top everything with your favorite garnishes. We like lettuce and tomato, but feel free to add diced avocado, red onion and cucumber.

Easy to customize, you can make these shwarma’s any way you like! Swap in Greek tzatziki sauce for the yogurt and add in chickpeas, if desired. If you don’t have any pita bread on hand, use flour tortillas or make this dish into a rice bowl and serve it with pita chips.

Middle Eastern Favorites

If you love the mix of flavors in this Middle Eastern-style dish, try a few more of our favorites, like a Spicy Hummus Rice Bowl or our Mediterranean Tabbouleh Salad.

For a dinner packed with Southern taste, try this Cajun-inspired Red Beans and Rice recipe.

If you are craving Italian food for dinner try our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan.


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