These aromatic rice bowls start with air-fried chicken thighs coated with shawarma seasoning, a unique and spice blend made by combining ground cumin, coriander, garlic, and warm spices like cinnamon and allspice.
They are topped with a refreshing chopped tomato and cucumber salad and a dollop of yogurt-tahini sauce.
Save time by using frozen or shelf-stable packages of precooked brown rice.
Chicken Shawarma Bowls
2 tsp. shawarma seasoning (such as McCormick)
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon), divided
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 ½ tsp. kosher salt, divided
¾ tsp., plus ⅛ tsp. black pepper, divided
1 ½ cups finely chopped cucumber (from 1 small [9 oz.] English cucumber)
1 cup finely chopped tomato (from 1 medium [7 oz.] tomato)
¼ cup chopped scallions, white and light green parts only (from 2 large scallions)
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
½ cup plain whole-milk yogurt
2 Tbsp. tahini (ground sesame seeds)
2 Tbsp. water (optional)
3 cups cooked brown rice, warmed
1. Preheat air fryer to 380° for 5 minutes. Stir together shawarma seasoning and 1 tablespoon each of the lemon juice and oil in a medium bowl. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1 teaspoon of the salt and ½ teaspoon of the pepper. Add chicken to bowl with the shawarma seasoning, and toss to coat.
2. Working in batches, add chicken in a single layer in air fryer basket; cook, turning once, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thighs registers 165°, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Let rest for 3 minutes. Slice into ½-inch-thick slices. Transfer to a plate, and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
3. While chicken is cooking, stir together cucumber, tomato, scallions, and mint in a medium bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil; toss to coat. Whisk together yogurt, tahini, and remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a small bowl; stir in remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. If desired, whisk in up to 2 tablespoons water to loosen.
4. Divide rice evenly among 4 bowls. Top evenly with chicken, chopped salad, and yogurt-tahini sauce. Garnish with additional mint, and serve.
Active time: 25 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes