Low carb chicken shoarma photographed from above

Low carb chicken shawarma in a lettuce wrap

Because I got such an enthusiastic response to the idea of ​​sharing some more low-carb and SIBO-proof recipes now that I’m following a SIBO diet, I have a recipe for you today.

Low-carb chicken shawarma in a lettuce wrap. A super tasty and light meal. And of course low FODMAP, gluten-free, and low in lactose.

A plate with low carb chicken shawarma in lettuce wraps

How do you make low-carb chicken shawarma?

I make chicken shawarma with chicken thigh because it has a little more flavor than regular chicken fillet. I season the chicken with a homemade shawarma spice mix (see the recipe).

I add green bell pepper, tomato, zucchini and some olives as vegetables and I also use a little avocado for the topping.

Place the chicken-vegetable mixture into a large lettuce leaf. This is how you make a low-carb lettuce wrap.

I serve the chicken shawarma with a little grated cheese and a homemade yoghurt dressing.

Een slaschuitje met koolhydraatarme kipshoarma die iemand vastpakt

The SIBO diet

Restricted phase and partially restricted phase

If you also follow the SIBO bi-phasic diet like me, there are a few ways you can adapt this recipe. Depending on the phase you are in.

I noticed that with the SIBO diet, it can be pretty difficult to get enough calories in each day.

In the partially restricted phase of the diet, you may also have some rice, but only a small serving. Maximum 64 grams of cooked rice per meal.

If you want to make this dish a bit more filling and get a little more calories, you can add a little bit of rice. Stir the cooked rice into the chicken mixture.

If you follow the restricted phase, leave out the rice. Also, skip the yogurt and cheese in the restricted and partially restricted phase of the diet.

Slaschuitjes met kipshoarma en yoghurtdressing

SIBO diet phase 2

I am currently in the 2nd phase of the SIBO bi-phasic diet. That means I can also have a little cheese and homemade yogurt.

I have made my own yogurt (the recipe will follow) and that is why I serve this dish with some grated cheese and a little homemade yogurt dressing.

Low carb chicken shawarma on a plate photographed from above
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Lettuce boats with chicken shawarma

Low carb chicken shawarma in a lettuce wrap

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  • Author: Karlijn
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Servings: 3-4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Low-carb chicken shawarma in a lettuce wrap. Low FODMAP and suitable for the SIBO diet. Gluten-free and low in lactose.



For the shawarma spices

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp chili
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the chicken and vegetable mixture

  • 400 g (14.1 oz) chicken thigh fillet
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) zucchini
  • 2 tbsp olives, sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 23 heads of romaine lettuce or an iceberg lettuce

For the yogurt dressing

  • 4 tbsp lactose-free yogurt**
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Pepper
  • Salt


  1. Mix all the spices for the shawarma spices together in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cut the chicken thigh fillet into pieces. Put the chicken into a bowl. Add a splash of olive oil and the spices mix and stir everything together. 
  3. Heat some olive oil in a pan and fry the chicken until cooked thoroughly.
  4. Cut the bell pepper, zucchini, and tomatoes into small pieces and fry for a few minutes.
  5. Add the olives at the last minute and fry briefly.
  6. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
  7. Separate the lettuce leaves, wash them well, and let them drain.
  8. Divide them over the plates.
  9. Spoon the chicken-vegetable mixture over the lettuce.
  10. Cut the avocado into cubes and spread over the chicken mixture.
  11. For the yogurt dressing, mix together yogurt, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Serve the chicken shawarma lettuce wraps with some yogurt dressing and grated cheese.


* Use homemade yogurt if you follow the SIBO diet and are in the 2nd phase.

**Use aged cheese for at least 1 month if you follow the SIBO diet and are in the 2nd phase.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Diner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: International


  • Serving Size: 1 portion (1/3 of the recipe)
  • Calories: 370
  • Fat: 24
  • Carbohydrates: 7
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 32

Will you let me know if you have made this recipe? I would love it if you would let me know what you think about the recipe by leaving a comment and rating below. You can also share your creations with me by tagging me on Instagram @karlijnskitchen or by using the hashtag #karlijnskitchen

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  • in2insight says:

    Great spice mixture.
    Made these using my favorite vegan alternative (Daring, which interestingly is manufactured in the Netherlands) and we loved it.
    Thank you for sharing.

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