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Jackfruit 'Chicken' Shawarma

This plant-based vegan shawarma 'meat' is made from green jackfruit, and is perfect for wraps, bowls, and other dishes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Marinating Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Barbecue, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Arabic, Lebanese, Levantine, Middle Eastern
Keyword: how to cook jackfruit, how to make jackfruit chicken, jackfruit shawarma, shawarma, vegan shawarma, vegetarian shawarma
Servings: 4 people
Author: The Elegant Economist
Cost: $4


  • Baking sheet
  • Foil


  • 2 20 oz tins of young green jackfruit in brine (2x 560g tins)
  • 2 Tbsp shawarma spice (recipe below)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt


  • Drain your jackfruit and rinse thoroughly. Drain for a few minutes to remove any excess water.
    Raw Green Jackfruit
  • Coat your jackfruit in shawarma spice and add your oil, vinegar, and salt. Marinate for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Place your marinated jackfruit on the sheet and bake for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes use two forks to shred the jackfruit. Return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes, or until the texture of the jackfruit is like dry shredded chicken.
  • Remove from the oven, cool, and freeze - or for immediate use, place under the broiler for 2-4 minutes until smoky and crispy.


Can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost and place under the broiler for 5 minutes or so until reheated.