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Street food-style chicken drumettes are packed full of flavor

Chicken shawarma is hands down one of my favorite street foods. It’s packed full of seasoning and then wrapped in soft bread and devoured in five seconds flat. Sadly I don’t always have time to run out and get shawarma.

These chicken wings don’t just give you the flavor of shawarma; they are so easy to throw together you won’t even miss the wrap. And because these wings are baked, they turn out super crispy. Traditional shawarma uses a lot of different spices, but the blend I’m using makes it easy by including spices that can easily be found or that might already be in your pantry.

How easy is that?

chicken shawarma wings

Chicken shawarma baked wings recipe

Little chicken wings are seasoned and baked until crispy. They taste just like chicken shawarma, but even easier. Eat them plain or dipped in super-flavorful crushed garlic mayonnaise sauce.

Serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes | Inactive time: 12 hours | Cook time: 45 minutes | Total time: 12 hours 55 minutes


  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Crushed garlic mayonnaise dipping sauce (recipe follows)


  1. Set aside the chicken wings, and in a large bowl, whisk together all the remaining ingredients.
  2. Add in the chicken wings, and stir to coat. Cover, and let sit in the fridge for 12 hours.
  3. After 12 hours, heat your oven to 425 degrees F, and place the wings onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes, flip, and cook for another 25 minutes until crispy.
  5. Serve with garlic mayonnaise dipping sauce, if desired.
crushed garlic mayo

Crushed garlic mayonnaise dipping sauce recipe

Serve this garlicky dipping sauce with the shawarma wings for an irresistible combination.

Yields 1/2 cup

Total time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Mix together, and serve with wings.

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