Chicken Shawarma Bowls

Two bowl of tumeric rice topped with grilled chicken shawarma, tzatziki dip and crumbled feta.

Chicken Shawarma Bowls make for an extra simple dinner thanks to some delicious shortcuts from Trader Joe’s. Tumeric spiced rice, grilled shawarma chicken and creamy tzatziki.

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Let me introduce you to my newest addiction, Chicken Shawarma Bowls. They are THE actual best and after you realize how easy they are too, I think you’re going to be just as addicted.

Grab a few shortcut ingredients from Trader Joe’s and you’ll have a simple, flavorful dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

Bowl filled with golden tumeric rice that is topped with diced shawarma chicken, crumbled feta cheese and a dollop of tzatziki.

Ingredient for Chicken Shawarma Bowls

  • Shawarma chicken: I grab marinated chicken shawarma thighs from Trader Joe’s. It is SO delicious and makes dinner super simple. You can find it in the meat section.
  • Cucumber tzatziki sauce: This is another shortcut ingredient I use from Trader Joe’s for this recipe. It’s great as a dip or topping. Find it in the produce area with the dips and hummus.
  • White rice: You can use any white rice you like or have on hand. My favorite rice is basmati.
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh garlic
  • Tumeric
  • Kosher salt
  • Chicken bouillon: You can use the granules like I did or a cube instead. Either will give that delicious boost of chicken flavor.
  • Feta cheese
4 bowls, one filled with crumbled feta, one filled with golden tumeric rice, one filled with diced chicken and last with cucumber tzatziki dip.

Make Golden Tumeric Rice

I’ve made and shared a lot of rice recipes but I think this is my very favorite so far. It’s fragrant, full of warm, earthy spice and SO flavorful.

Plus, it’s super simple to make. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet (that has a lid). Add garlic, rice and tumeric and stir to coat. Cook for a few minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the rice has toasted a bit.

Stir in kosher salt and chicken bouillon then top with water. Bring to a simmer then cover with the lid. Cook for 15 minutes.

Close up of bowl of golden tumeric rice.

Grill the Chicken

I love using the marinated shawarma chicken from Trader Joe’s for easy and quick meals. I could eat it every week (and I’m not that person that eats the same thing all the time).

This shawarma chicken is the best on the grill so while the rice is cooking fire up your grill to medium high heat.

Add the chicken to the grill on cook for 7 to 8 minutes per side. Let it rest on a cutting board for a few minutes before dicing into bite-size chunks.

Bowl filled with golden tumeric rice that is topped with diced shawarma chicken, crumbled feta cheese and a dollop of tzatziki.

Assemble the Bowls

Divide the tumeric rice evenly between 4 bowls then top with desired amount of chicken.

Add a dollop of cucumber tzatziki and sprinkle with crumbled feta. Now it’s time to dig in.

Bowl filled with golden tumeric rice that is topped with diced shawarma chicken, crumbled feta cheese and a dollop of tzatziki.

Ultimate Weeknight Meal

I love this recipe for SO many reasons:

  • Easy
  • Quick – this one can be done in 30 minutes
  • Convenient – You can grab all the ingredients for this recipe at Trader Joe’s. And you probably have the staples on hand already.
  • Flavorful – I love a flavor packed meal that is still simple enough to put together for a weeknight. No boring meals around here.

I’m so addicted to these bowls. And I have a good feeling you will be too.

Bowl filled with golden tumeric rice that is topped with diced chicken, crumbled feta cheese and a dollop of tzatziki.

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Chicken Shawarma Bowls

Chicken Shawarma Bowls make for an extra simple dinner thanks to some delicious shortcuts from Trader Joe's. Tumeric spiced rice, grilled shawarma chicken and creamy tzatziki.
Active Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chicken shawarma bowls
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Meghan Payne-Hensley

Ingredients

For Golden Tumeric Rice:

For Bowls:

  • 1 package Trader Joe's shawarma chicken thighs
  • 1 container cucumber tzatziki dip
  • crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat outdoor grill to medium high. Heat a medium sized skillet (that has a lid) over medium heat. Once hot, add olive oil. Stir in garlic, tumeric and rice. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally until the garlic is fragrant and the rice is slightly toasted.
  • Stir in kosher salt, chicken bouillon granules and water. Bring to a simmer then cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes.
  • While the rice is cooking, grill the chicken for 7 to 8 minutes per side. Remove from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes on a cutting board. Dice into bite-size pieces.
  • Divide rice evenly among 4 bowls. Top with desired amount of chicken. Add a dollop of tzatziki dip and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese.

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