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Beer Chicken Shawarma with Sweet Potato cakes and Tahini Aoili

5 from 2 votes
Servings 6 servings


For the Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika or a teaspoon of each
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup (78g) beer pale ale, IPA, pilsner, wheat beer
  • 1.5 lbs chicken thighs boneless, skinless, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Sweet Potatoes:

  • 1.5 lbs 1 large or 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, grated with a box grater
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Oil for frying

For the Aioli:

  • ½ cup (112g) real mayonnaise (homemade or store-bought)
  • ½ cup (56g) tahini
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic grated with a Microplane
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons beer pale ale, IPA, pilsner, wheat beer


  • Chopped parsley
  • Grape tomatoes quartered
  • Mixed greens


  • Stir together all the Shawarma ingredients (except the chicken and olive oil) in a large bowl. Add the chicken, toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour and up to 1 day.
  • Heat the oven to 200°F, place a baking sheet in the oven.
  • Stir together the sweet potato ingredients (other than the oil).
  • Heat about ½ inch of oil in a skillet.
  • Grab a handful of the sweet potatoes, form into a patty, making sure to press it together well. Place in the pan (two or three patties may be able to fit into the pan at a time).
  • Cook unit the underside is browned (flipping too soon will result in the patties falling apart) then carefully flip the patties, press the top with the flat side of the spatula. Cook until browned on the other side.
  • Remove the cooked patties and place them on the baking sheet in the oven until all the patties are done.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet. Add the chicken, cooking on all sides until browned and cooked through.
  • Plate the patties, top tomatoes, greens and then with chicken.
  • Stir together all the aioli ingredients.
  • Drizzle the chicken with desired amount of aioli, sprinkle with parsley.