Chicken Shawarma Bowl with Zhoug (herby Middle Eastern sauce) – low histamine

A chicken shawarma bowl is just the 🥣 you need during these cold months ahead.


🍗The marinade makes the chicken shawarma, with a super flavorful blend of spices and evoo. The edges are crispy, a real treat. Zhoug adds a big burst of juicy flavor to each bite. Yes, it’s optional, but saucy things just make every dish better.


🔥The air fryer has the shawarma ready to eat in just 12 minutes, and the oven will take closer to 40 minutes (just as delicious), making thus a perfect weeknight din.


🍚Pair it with my coconut oil rice (slashes calories by 60%) OR turmeric rice, or with a big salad. Devour. Repeat as desired;)





1 lb chicken thighs (cut into larger chunks). Can use chicken breast instead if cooking in oven, but not air fryer (too dry).

½ c extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp fresh oregano

1 tsp sea salt 

2 tsp sweet paprika

½ tsp turmeric

½-1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder 

2 tsp cumin

Crushed pink peppercorns, to taste

Optional: ⅛ tsp cardamom

½ lemon, juice – ½ tsp is low histamine per, and ½ lemon yields 1 tsp juice – so don’t eat it all at once:) – CAN OMIT IF NOT TOLERATED




1. Mix spices in a large bowl.

2. Cut chicken into chunks, and place in bowl. Coat chicken with oil, then work spices into the chicken, and let it marinate for 30 min (if tolerated). 

  • Air fryer: Air fry at 350°F x 10-12 minutes, tossing halfway. Internal temp of chicken should be 165°F once done (check with meat thermometer if not sure). I like the edges a bit crispy so I cook it for 12 minutes. Cooking time may vary, depending on size of chunks.
  • Oven: Bake chicken in the oven at 425°F for 30-40 minutes, until the chicken is browned/crisp on the edges. If you want the chicken crispier on top, turn the broiler on to high and broil for 3 minutes until crispy on the outside. Internal temp of chicken should be 165°F once done (check with meat thermometer if not sure). Cooking time may vary, depending on size of chunks.

3. Serve with coconut oil rice OR turmeric rice, and zhoug! Since both zhoug and chicken shawarma contain lemon, don’t eat allllll the zhoug or allllll the shawarma in one sitting:)



**GF/DF/LOW HISTAMINE (I followed mastcell360 low histamine foods list very strictly initially, then added some foods from the SIGHI list as I began to tolerate more foods, all under the care of a dietitian. A low histamine diet is restrictive and not meant to be followed long-term, as nutrient deficiencies may develop).**


Hi, I'm Gabriela

I am a recipe creator and food blogger, have been a registered nurse for two decades, and will soon be an integrative and functional dietitian nutritionist. 

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