Whip up this vegan chicken shawarma in under 5 minutes. It's a Middle Eastern street food favorite that rivals the protein content of meat, contains just 395 calories per serving, and is sure to impress both vegans and non-vegans alike.
This vegan chicken shawarma is a meal that impresses both vegans and non-vegans alike. I’ve yet to find someone who doesn’t adore this meal. It is a family favorite that we eat over and over again.
Shawarma is a popular street food recipe that originates from the Middle East. Shwarma is traditionally made from slices of spiced meats such as chicken and served in a wrap.
Today we are making a vegan version of traditional shawarma. The vegan meat I have used for this recipe is my Roasted Soya Chunks which are soya chunks that have been cooked in some delicious spices. But you can use any vegan meat from the grocery store if you don’t want to make your own. Soya chunks are a great replacement for chicken as they are similar in texture, taste, and protein content.
For this shawarma, I have also made my own pita bread with my homemade flatbread recipe, my own homemade hummus, and my own vegan poppy seed dressing. But you can use store-bought versions of all of these foods from the grocery store.
This is the perfect recipe to serve for lunch or busy weekdays as you can throw it together in less than 5 minutes, especially if you use store-bought ingredients. If you prefer to make the entire dish from scratch, I give you full instructions for doing that. All of my recipes are speedy so even if you make the whole recipe from scratch it won’t take you very long.
Each serving of this recipe contains just 395 calories, and almost 20 grams of protein which rivals the protein content in meat.
This recipe is a complete meal so I usually don’t eat any side dishes with it myself, but when I serve it for other people I like to serve it with some Nacho Cheese Baked Kale Chips, and some oven-baked french fries.
- Video Demonstration
- Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Ingredient Substitutions
- The Structure Of A Plant Based Plate
- How To Make This Recipe
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How To Store Leftovers
- How To Make This Recipe From Scratch
- Vegan Carbohydrate Side Dishes
- Vegan Vegetable Side Dishes
- Vegan Dips
- More Tasty Vegan Dinner Recipes
- 🥬️🥭️ 7 Day Meal Plan
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- Vegan Chicken Shawarma
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This recipe contains 395 calories per serving.
- This recipe contains 20g protein per serving.
- One serving of this recipe contains 24% of your recommended daily intake of dietary fiber.
- This recipe is made from a combination of vegan protein, whole food sources of carbohydrates, vegetables, essential fats, and ingredients that make the dish extremely tasty.
- This easy recipe takes 5 minutes of active preparation time.
- This recipe is made extra tasty by the addition of pickled onion and rocket.
- I have simplified this recipe by limiting the number of ingredients and using everyday, simple ingredients such as pita bread and rocket (arugula).
- This recipe and all recipes on my website are vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, lactose-free, free from refined sugar, vegetarian, and are based on whole foods.
- All of my recipes follow my own diet plan called the Plant Plate 400. In addition, my recipes also adhere to the following diets, the Mediterranean diet, the 1200 Calories a Day diet, Clean eating, the Macrobiotic diet, the Alkaline diet, the Ornish diet, the Daniel Fast, and the Starch Solution diet.
- Flatbreads: Use any pita bread or bread of your choice under 200 calories each. If you are gluten-free make sure you check the ingredients of all packaged food before you use it. I used my gluten-free vegan flatbread recipe and doubled the size of each flatbread by doubling the whole recipe.
- Hummus: Use any store-bought hummus of your choice. I used my Creamy Hummus Recipe Without Garlic recipe. Make sure each serving is less than 40 calories.
- Roasted Soya Chunks: You can use 4 servings of your favorite store-bought vegan meat (around 150 calories per serving)
- Roasted red peppers from a jar: You can use any type of pepper, tomato, cucumber, or any other salad vegetable of your choice that is less than 5 calories per serving.
- Pickled onions sliced: Use a similar weight of any pickled vegetables, or salad vegetables.
- Rocket (arugula): Use a similar weight of any leafy greens or fresh herbs.
- Vegan Poppy Seed Dressing: Use any vegan gluten-free dressing that is less than 20 calories per serving.
The Structure Of A Plant Based Plate
Each of the recipes I create fits into my Plant Plate System. This system incorporates 5 food groups into every meal.
The 5 food groups are 1) Plant Protein, 2), Leaves, Fruit, And Veg, 3) Aesthetic Additions, 4) Nutrient Packed Carbohydrates, and 5) Taste
This recipe is a complete meal because it contains all 5 components of my Plant Plate and contains around 400 calories per meal.
The diagram below helps you see the 5 different components of a Plant-Based Plate.
Here’s how this recipe is structured according to the Plant Plate System.
Adding each ingredient to the following categories helps you to easily see how to make substitutions. It also lets you know the exact reason why the ingredient is in the recipe.
- Roasted soya chunks
Leaves, Fruit & Veg
- Red peppers
- Rocket (arugula)
- Vegan poppy seed dressing
Nutrient Packed Carbohydrates
- Pickled onions
How To Make This Recipe
Here is a brief summary of the steps needed to make the recipe. See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full detailed instructions.
- Spread the hummus on the flatbread.
- Next top with the rest of the ingredients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Vegan Shawarma is made up of plant-based meat substitutes such as soya chunks. Soya chunks are a great substitute for chicken because they have a meaty texture, have a neutral flavor, take on the flavor of spices, and have a similar protein content to chicken.
If you use soya chunks for your vegan chicken shawarma, there are almost 20 grams of protein per serving which is very similar to chicken.
How To Store Leftovers
The separate elements of this recipe keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. Once you have assembled the shawarma with the bread, it is better to eat it straight away.
How To Make This Recipe From Scratch
Although you can use store-bought versions of all elements of this recipe, you can make the entire recipe from scratch. Here are the recipes that I used to make up this recipe:
- I used my gluten-free vegan flatbreads recipe and doubled the size of each flatbread by doubling the whole recipe
- I used my creamy hummus recipe without garlic recipe
- I used 1 batch (4 servings)of roasted soya chunks
- I also used ½ batch (4 servings) of vegan poppy seed dressing
Vegan Carbohydrate Side Dishes
Serve this recipe with any of the following carb side dishes which are all around 100 calories per serving:
- Crispy Homemade Baked French Fries
- Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
- Most Crispy Vegan Jacket Potato
- Easy Whole Baked Sweet Potato
- Perfect Long Grain White Rice
For more options, see all of my best vegan, gluten-free carbs side dishes.
Vegan Vegetable Side Dishes
Here are some vegetable side dishes that go very nicely with this recipe which are all under 100 calories per serving.
For more options, see all of my best gluten-free vegan vegetable side dishes.
Here are some vegan dips or vegan sauces that go very nicely with this recipe, and are very quick to make. These are all under 50 calories per serving.
- No Cook Marinara Sauce (this makes a great salsa or tomato sauce dip)
- Vegan Ranch Dip Recipe
- Creamy Edamame Guacamole
For more options, see all of my best gluten-free vegan dips recipes.
More Tasty Vegan Dinner Recipes
If you’re looking for some easy, vegan dinners, that are around 400 calories per serving, check out some of my other recipes:
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Vegan Chicken Shawarma
- 4 Flatbreads under 200 calories each. (I used my Gluten-Free Vegan Flatbreads recipe and doubled the size of each flatbread by doubling the whole recipe)
- 80g Hummus (I used my Creamy Hummus without garlic recipe)
- 1 Batch (4 Servings) of Roasted Soya Chunks or 4 servings of your favorite store-bought vegan meat (Around 150 Calories per serving)
- ½ Cup (1 Large) roasted red peppers from a jar
- 40g Pickled onions sliced
- 20g Rocket (Arugula)
- ½ Batch (4 Servings) of Vegan Poppy Seed Dressing
- Slice the peppers.
- Spread the hummus out over the flatbread.
- Top with the sliced roasted peppers, pickled onions, soya chunks (or vegan meat), and rocket (arugula) and drizzle with the poppy seed dressing.
Now it’s your turn to make magic with food.