I Learned How To Make Chicken Doner Donair From Refika's Kitchen / Turkish Meat

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Oct. 28, 2020

Chicken is marinated in a combination of red pepper paste, yoghurt, oregano and other spices and frozen into a log before thinly slicing.
Many are not familiar with the Turkish Donner or Donair kebab. Similar to a Shawarma or a Gyros, it's made by stacking meat or chicken in a giant pyramid-like shape and is cooked on a rotisserie. It's then shaved as it cooks and who doesn't love shaved meat? Of course, we don't have vertical rotisseries in our homes, neither are we cooking kilos of meat so this simple homey hack will get you from here to donnair in no time.


Onion juice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Tomato paste 1 Tablespoon
Hot pepper paste 6 Tablespoon
Cumin powder 1 Teaspoon
Dried oregano 3 Tablespoon
Crushed white pepper 1 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste
Yogurt 2 Tablespoon
Boneless chicken 2 Pound
Caramelized onions:
Onions 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Pepper sauce:
Butter 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Olive oil 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Reserved marinade 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Chicken stock 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
To assemble
Pickles To Taste
Yogurt sauce To Taste
Parsley To Taste
Caramelized onions To Taste
Oven roasted tomatoes To Taste



1. Cut the onion into pieces and puree it, using a little water if required

2. Strain and collect one cup of juice

3. In a bowl add the onion juice, tomato and hot pepper paste, cumin powder and dried oregano, white pepper, salt and mix well

4. Add the yogurt and stir

5. Reserve 1 cup of this marinade for later

6. Butterly the chicken breasts

7. Marinate the chicken with the rest of the marinade overnight

8. Place two sheets of cling wrap down and pile on the chicken pieces and wrap tightly

9. Secure in a plastic bag and freeze for 4 hrs to overnight

10. Allow the frozen chicken to sit on the counter for 20 mins and then start slicing on all sides

11. Optional fry the Onions till semi brown and add some salt to speed up the process

12. Either fry the chicken as you slice or freeze as you slice so the chicken slices maintain their shape

13. Once all the chicken is cooked add the bluet and olive oil in the same pan together with the reserved marinade and chicken stock

14. Bring this to the boil and then to a simmer


15. Dip your flatbread or pita in the pepper sauce and top with the doner, some fries, peppers etc or roll into a wrap

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4