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Doner Kebab recipe

Recipe VIDEO above. A homemade version of your favourite Chicken Doner Kebab! Tastes remarkably similar to the diner kebab meat from your favourite takeout store. I've baked it, but imagine it rotisserie style over the BBQ or charcoal! You will need 4 long metal skewers for this, around 30cm / 12" long. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Mains
Cuisine: Turkish
Keyword: Doner Kebab Recipe
Servings: 4 - 5 people
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Nagi


  • 1 kg / 2 lb chicken thighs , skinless and boneless (Note 1)
  • Olive oil , for drizzling


  • 1 cup plain yoghurt , unsweetened (I use Greek)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper , optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For Serving (choose):

  • Lebanese bread / flatbreads / pita bread , warmed
  • Finely sliced iceberg lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Hummus (or Note 2 for simple Yoghurt Sauce)
  • Tabbouleh (optional, Note 3)
  • Red onion slices
  • Grated cheese
  • Chilli Sauce (I use Sriracha, it's perfect)
  • Mejadra (Middle Eastern Rice with Lentils), for Kebab Plate


  • Mix Marinade in a large bowl. Add chicken and mix to coat well.
  • Cover and marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours, 24 hours is ideal. If only 3 hours, add an extra 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Preheat oven to 220C / 430F (standard) or 200C / 390F (fan / convection).
  • Choose a pan of a size such that the skewers will stay propped up on the pan walls (see photos in post or video) and the chicken will be elevated off the base. Line with foil.
  • Remove chicken from fridge. Divide the chicken into 2 piles.
  • Take one piece of chicken, fold in half then thread onto two skewers (see video). Repeat and push the chicken snugly up against each other. Repeat with other skewer.
  • Prop the 2 skewers on the edges of the baking pan. Drizzle surface with oil.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the surface is golden with some charred bits (char is good!).
  • Spoon the pan juices over the chicken. Then turn, drizzle with oil and bake for 20 minutes (or 25 - 30 minutes if you had large thighs). If you need / want more colour, switch to grill/broil for a few minutes on high - I don't do this.
  • Baste again with pan juices and stand for 5 minutes.
  • Carving: Stand the skewers upright or on an angle, and slice meat fairly thinly. Use to make Doner Kebabs or Kebab Plates.

Doner Kebabs:

  • Place a lebanese bread (or pita bread or other flatbread) on a piece of foil. Spread with a generous dollop of Hummus (or yoghurt - Note 2). Top with shredded lettuce, slices of tomato, Tabbouleh (for a truly authentic experience! Note 3), cheese (I usually go this) and Chicken. Drizzle with chilli sauce if desired (I use Sriracha, it's perfect).
  • Roll up tightly and wrap in foil. Consume and be happy!

Kebab Plates:

  • Serve chicken with Mejadra (Middle Eastern Spiced Rice with Lentils), shredded lettuce, tomatoes, slices of red onion, tabbouleh, dollop of hummus. Optional to serve flatbread / lebanese bread on the side.


1. CHICKEN: For this recipe, thigh is the only cut that is suitable because it can withstand the long cook time without drying out.
2. Yoghurt Sauce: Easy quick alternative to hummus. Just mix 1 cup yoghurt with 1 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice to taste, 1/2 garlic clove minced, salt and pepper. Mix, set aside 20 minutes+ for flavours to develop. Sprinkle of cumin also lovely.
3. Tabbouleh: 4 tbsp burghul (bulgur or cracked wheat) soaked in 1/2 cup hot boiled water until softened. Mix with 1 cup finely chopped flatleaf parsley, 1/4 cup finely chopped mint, 3 spring onions finely diced (or 1/2 red onion), 1 car ripe tomato deseeded and diced. Dress with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. It should be quite tart.
4. MAKE AHEAD/STORAGE: Carve up the chicken, then drizzle over half the pan juices. Cover and refrigerate until required, reheat in microwave for minimum time required just to warm through. Use the rest of the pan juices as required to moisten / add extra flavour onto the chicken.
5. SOURCES: Seasoning is something I created, copying the flavour of the chicken at my local kebab shop! I got the idea to do a "rotisserie" in the oven by propping the skewers up on the pan from this recipe, and I watched a bunch of videos on You Tube like this one, and this one and this one. Yes, this is truly how I "come up" with homemade version of my favourite foods!
6. Nutrition per serving, assuming 5 servings, chicken only.


Serving: 250g | Calories: 395kcal