Lemon Harissa Chicken

March 8, 2016

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

Amazing Moroccan chicken with red harissa. Perfectly balanced with Greek yogurt sauce.


Serves: 6
Prep time: 3 hrs 20 min
Cook time: 20 min


For the chicken and marinade:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Flat leaf parsley, finely chopped for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon Green and black olives, sliced for garnish (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Capers, for garnish (optional)

For the roasted vegetables:

  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
In This Recipe


  1. For the marinade, combine olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, rosemary, paprika, harissa, salt, and pepper in a zip-top bag. Seal and mix the ingredients together.
  2. Add the cubed chicken. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 6 hours.
  3. Cut up the peppers and onions. Toss in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika and mix together. Bake in a 400° F oven for 18 minutes.
  4. While the vegetables are roasting, pour the chicken and marinade into a sauce pan and cook on medium until chicken temperature is 165° F, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Layer the roasted vegetables over jasmine rice, then add the chicken and sauce. Finally add a dollop of Greek yogurt over the chicken, and garnish with parsley, sliced olives, and capers, if desired.

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Reviews (10) Questions (0)

10 Reviews

Shannon July 2, 2016
So is the 3/4 cup of yogurt part of the marinade, or just the dollop added at the end?
Author Comment
Holly July 3, 2016
Hi Shannon, the yogurt is just for "dolloping" on top when serving the dish... there is none in the marinade. Thanks for asking this question to clarify - hope you enjoy it!
Stephanie H. April 25, 2016
Made this for dinner tonight. I wasn't a huge fan of the curdled texture of the sauce, but the flavor was great! I think next time I'd use the marinade to make chicken kebabs.
Carrie W. April 30, 2016
Hi Stephanie, I learned from cooking a lot of Indian food that its best to let the yogurt come to room temperature before mixing it in to a sauce, or else it curdles. I made this last night and did that and it prevented any curdling. I added extra harissa too, and it was delicious!
Stephanie H. May 1, 2016
That makes sense. Thanks!
Author Comment
Holly May 1, 2016
Hi Stephanie, glad you tried this dish! You are right the flavors are fantastic for grilling sans yogurt :) . I just did a cedar plank harissa smoked salmon that was wonderful, and will definitely be firing up harissa kebabs now that grilling season is upon us. Thanks for sharing!
Kaite April 21, 2016
Is the harissa in paste form? I have harissa spice blend.
Author Comment
Holly April 21, 2016
Hi Kaite, in this recipe we used Mina Harissa Sauce from Casablanca Foods.
Brussels S. April 21, 2016
Oh I can't wait to make this. What a great idea. Simple but delicious.
Author Comment
Holly April 21, 2016
Thanks Katie! Would love to know how it turns out - share a pic!