Yogurt chicken, cooked to tender, juicy perfection in your crockpot, then served in warm pita bread. These Slow Cooker Yogurt Chicken Shawarma sandwiches are going in for the hug. This is one of the best crock pot recipes for an easy Mediterranean meal.

two pitas filled with garlic yogurt chicken made in a slow cooker

With fluffy pita bread, juicy, warmly-spiced chicken, and a shower of Mediterranean toppings, this easy slow cooker chicken recipe is the sandwich version of a pick-you-up, spin-you-around, they-just-don’t-make-movies-like-this-anymore embrace.

Forget the firm handshake you learned in business school and the awkward back-pat pseudo hug. Slow cooker yogurt chicken shawarma wants the real deal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Shawarma. So moist and tender. Your entire family will love this easy crock pot chicken recipe made with Greek yogurt and spices

serving platter with yogurt chicken Shawarma

Why Yogurt Chicken Makes the Best Shawarma

The inspiration for this easy yogurt chicken recipe hails from my favorite Mediterranean restaurant, which can be found in the cultural mecca of…Wichita, Kansas. Whenever we are together in our hometown, my sisters and I have been known to eat lunch there daily (I once went back for dinner), and even Ben has become intimately familiar with the menu. The owner is Greek, the food is authentic, and the chicken shawarma is outstanding.

As cool as it would be to have a giant spit of chicken shawarma roasting in my kitchen the way you’ll see it in Greece (and Wichita), today’s slow cooker version boasts the benefit of being immediately attainable and doesn’t require specialty chicken-roasting equipment. It has all the soothing flavors of classic chicken shawarma, plus it’s fall-apart tender, dribble-down-your-chin juicy thanks to two key ingredients: Greek yogurt and Just BARE Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs.

Simple Ingredients for Sensational Slow Cooker Shawarma

  • Greek yogurt
  • Chicken thighs

This juicy chicken magic begins with a Greek yogurt marinade. For tender chicken guaranteed, Greek yogurt is almost impossible to beat. It bathes the chicken in its own creaminess, locks in meaty juices, and does other powerful, wonderful things that I cannot explain, though I’m happy to devour the results.

pita bread topped with Slow Cooker Chicken Shawarma, red onion, cucumber, and tomatoes

Secondly, I use chicken thighs. Although I typically prefer the taste of white meat if I’m having grilled chicken, for any slow cooker recipe, chicken thighs are the best choice. They are still very lean but are not as apt to dry out in the crock pot as chicken breasts. I find they give more flavor to slow cooker recipes too. This yogurt chicken shawarma was so tender, I couldn’t even remove the chicken thighs from the slow cooker in a single piece—they fell apart as soon as they touched my fork!

package of just BARE brand chicken thighs

As I’ve shared before, I trust and value Just BARE Chicken. As a conscious consumer, I appreciate the company’s commitment to raising its animals with care, providing natural products, and giving back to communities. As a lazy weeknight cook, I adore the fact that all of the chicken comes neatly trimmed, so I can start using it immediately, versus wasting time cutting away excess fat and bad pieces (all of which we are charged for when the chicken is weighed for purchase!).

If you are new to using chicken thighs or just in need of some dinner inspiration, you can view my entire collection of chicken recipes here, including my latest favorite way to use chicken thighs, Maple Bourbon Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

How to Store and Reheat Chicken Shawarma Recipe

  • To Store. Leftover yogurt chicken shawarma can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four days.
  • To Freeze. Place chicken in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

More Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Garlic Yogurt Chicken Shawarma sandwiches

Pita bread and yogurt chicken shawarma hugs all around!

two pitas filled with garlic yogurt chicken made in a slow cooker

Slow Cooker Yogurt Chicken Shawarma

4.86 from 14 votes
A slow cooker recipe for moist and tender yogurt chicken that tastes just like chicken shawarma, but is so much easier to make! Try it with warm pita.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 10 mins

Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 2 large lemons
  • 2 1/2 pounds Just BARE Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Whole wheat pita pockets
  • For serving: thinly sliced red onion, fresh parsley, diced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, hummus


  • In a small bowl, stir together the allspice, oregano, salt, garlic powder, cinnamon, and cayenne. Set aside.
  • Place the yogurt and lemon juice in the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Add half of the spice mixture (reserve the second half) and stir to combine. Add the chicken thighs and gently turn to coat in the yogurt mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Coat the bottom of a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add the chicken and all of the yogurt marinade. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  • With a fork or slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a large bowl (discard the cooking liquid). Shred the chicken with two forks, then sprinkle the remaining spice mixture over the top. Stir to coat with the reserved spices.
  • Serve the chicken shawarma inside warmed pita bread, sprinkled with any desired toppings.


  • Leftover yogurt chicken shawarma can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four days or frozen for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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  1. Made this recently and have had to make it again twice already – massive success, thank you!

    I use chicken breast as we’re not keen on thigh so I leave it in the yoghurt marinade for at least a day beforehand and the chicken is just melt in the mouth. Have passed on to friends and family :)5 stars

  2. Hi Erin! I’ve very excited to try this recipe, which my cousin shared with me. I don’t have garlic or onion powder but I have garlic and onion on hand. Wondering how you’d suggest subsituting them in terms of quantity. Thanks!

    1. Hi Emily! This recipe doesn’t call for onion powder, so you can omit that. I haven’t tried using fresh garlic instead of garlic powder here, so it would be an experiment. You’ll likely need to increase the amount if using fresh garlic. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  3. I love this easy way of making real-deal chicken shawarma. The allspice was not what I expected. I will use cumin, coriander, and cardamom next time. Can’t wait to make it again!4 stars

  4. Reheating this dish as I froze half from the first time I made it. This time I decided to be courageous and made easy 30 minute pickled red onions. I’ve been preparing 3 meals per day since March 2019 and my husband works from home. I have thoroughly enjoyed cooking for my family since I found your website. We are a family of athletes and we eat healthy 80% of the time. You’ve made me enjoy cooking again. I print all of the recipes and then have my groceries delivered. It’s really a no brainer. You’ve literally saved me as my husband ate breakfast and lunch at the office. I can’t compete with the Chefs…..or can I?5 stars

      1. It’s True! I even started a healthy happy and wise eating FB page for a few of my friends and we swap recipes. I’ve literally used your site and HSR the entire time. Keep the healthy simple meals coming please!

  5. Super easy recipe and flavorful! I added sweet onion to the slow cooker with the marinated chicken. Turned out great! I’m thinking off adding bell peppers next time.5 stars

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