Shawarma Casserole


According to Molly, crunchy toppings are essential for texture contrast with soft fillings. So don't forgo the pita chips on top of this Middle Eastern-inspired casserole recipe.

Shawarma Casserole
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 4 ½ teaspoon Shawarma Seasoning

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 ½ cup chicken or beef broth

  • 3 cup cooked basmati rice

  • 2 cup unseasoned pita chips

  • ½ cup tahini

  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • ½ cup fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, or mint, or any combination)

  • Lemon wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a 4- to 6-qt. pot heat the 2 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high. Add onion, garlic, and a pinch salt. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until soft, stirring frequently. Add 4 tsp. of the Shawarma Seasoning; cook and stir 1 minute or until fragrant. Add ground turkey and season with 1/4 tsp. salt and a few turns of black pepper. Cook turkey, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through and no longer pink. Add tomatoes and chicken broth; bring to boiling. Stir in rice. Transfer to a greased 13×9-inch baking dish.

  2. In a medium bowl crunch pita chips with your hands into smaller pieces. Drizzle with 2 tsp. olive oil and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tsp. Shawarma Seasoning and additional salt and pepper; toss to combine. Spread pita chips evenly over casserole. Bake, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes or until chips are dark and crunchy.

  3. While casserole is baking, make the tahini sauce: In a small bowl whisk together tahini, 1/3 cup cold water, yogurt, and lemon juice until smooth. Season with additional salt and pepper.

  4. Drizzle tahini sauce over casserole and top with fresh herbs. Serve with lemon wedges. Makes 8 servings.

Shawarma Seasoning

Stir together 1 tsp. each ground cumin, ground coriander, ground ginger, garlic powder, and paprika; 1/4 tsp. each ground cardamom, ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, and black pepper; and a pinch ground cloves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

372 Calories
19g Fat
35g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 372
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 476mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 18.9mg 95%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 258mg 5%
Folate, total 37mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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