Turkey Shawarma Pitas

November  1, 2016
4 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

I make this every year using my recipe for Chicken Shawarma, but I use the spices on the cooked turkey. It's a nice change from the traditional Thanksgiving flavors. —Leith Devine

Test Kitchen Notes

This is pretty tasty and super easy and fast to make. It's a good use of turkey leftovers without being a repeat of a Thanksgiving's meal. It has a nice blend of spices, too! —feastathome

What You'll Need
  • 1 small cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1/2 tablespoons dried mint
  • 2 tablespoons dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups chopped turkey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Split, lightly toasted pita, feta, lettuce, and tomato (optional), for serving
  1. Make tzatziki sauce: Let the cucumber drain on paper towels. Mix together the yogurt, garlic, mint, dill, salt and pepper and add drained cucumber. Set aside.
  2. Mix shawarma spices together. Melt butter in a large pan. Add spices and cook 1-2 minutes or until spices are fragrant.
  3. Add chopped turkey and stir to combine. Scoop the turkey mixture into the pita.
  4. Top with feta cheese, lettuce, tomato (optional), and tzatziki sauce.

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7 Reviews

gandalf November 24, 2017
Your recipe calls for 1 Tbsp. fresh chopped mint, or 2 Tbsp. dried mint. Is this correct, or should it be 2 tsp. dried mint? Usually I substitute a smaller amount of dried herbs in lieu of the amount of fresh herbs.

Leith D. November 24, 2017
You're correct! I'll fix it in the recipe! Thanks for pointing it out.
Leith D. November 24, 2017
Hope you enjoy It!
gandalf November 27, 2017
I ended up making the tzatziki without the mint (fresh or dried), as I found myself without any, and I was too lazy to go to the store. I also used sour cream instead of Greek yogurt, and dried dill; notwithstanding, it got very favorable reviews from all the everyone in the family -- a difficult thing to accomplish!

Thanks again for this recipe, it will be used again in our household.
Leith D. November 28, 2017
I've used sour cream myself, sometimes 1/2 yogurt and 1/2 sour cream. This is great with leftover chicken too. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
melissa November 28, 2016
going to try this with leftover supermarket roast chicken!
Leith D. November 28, 2016
It will work just fine and taste great...I've done it may times. Enjoy!