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Harissa Chicken is baked or grilled chicken that has been marinated in a harissa marinade giving it a rich, spicy flavor that is perfect for an easy dinner any night of the week.

top down shot of grilled harissa chicken

If you’re looking to spice up your weeknight dinners you’re going to love this easy recipe for Harissa Chicken. It’s super versatile, marinate chicken breasts, thighs, or wings in a delicious, spicy, harissa marinade. You can bake, grill, or cook it in a pan for a simple dinner any night of the week. 

We served ours over a bed of cauliflower rice and grilled veggies for an awesome keto dinner!

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Top shot of raw chicken, harissa paste, and peppers

What You’ll Need

  • Open Nature® Air Chilled ChickenOpen Nature® Air Chilled Chicken has no antibiotics EVER, no hormones or steroids, and is 100% vegetarian fed. You can use your favorite cut of chicken, breasts, thighs (bone-in or boneless), or wings. You can even marinate a whole chicken in this simple marinade if you’d like!
  • Harissa Paste – You can find Harissa paste at the grocery store, usually in the international aisle, or you can make your own at home with this simple recipe.
  • Olive oil – The harissa paste has some olive oil in it but we’ll add just a little more to thin it out a bit so it can coat the chicken evenly.
  • Salt – Some added salt ensures that you bring out all of the delicious flavors of the chicken and the harissa in this simple marinade.

I shopped at Safeway, but you can also find Open Nature Air Chilled Chicken at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons.

Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop! I use it weekly now and it couldn’t be easier. I place my order online and then pull up and my groceries are put in my trunk. It’s my FAVORITE to grocery shop!

Air-Chilled Chicken Vs. Water-Cooled Chicken

Did you know that when chicken is processed it goes through a cooling process? The conventional method involves a cold-water bath. This water-cooling method results in the chicken absorbing excess moisture, especially in the skin.

Open Nature Air Chilled Chicken is processed using an air-chill method. This method involves cooling the chicken in a series of cold chambers with purified air. Since there is no water used the chicken doesn’t absorb water and you get chicken that looks better, tastes better, and picks up marinades better, which makes it perfect for absorbing all of that spicy harissa flavor!

Side shot of grilled harissa chicken in a black dish

What is Harissa Paste Made of?

Harissa is a very popular North African sauce made with the basic ingredients of red peppers, garlic, salt, and oil. It is basically like the North African version of ketchup, or maybe more like Sriracha, only it is packed with even more flavor and lots of spice. It is used as a condiment or as a marinade for many difference dishes. Sometimes it is even added soups or stews to give it a little extra kick.

chicken in harissa marinade

How to Make It

Make the marinade. The marinade is really simple, just add the harissa paste, olive oil, and salt to a small bowl and stir it together until everything is well mixed.

Marinate the chicken. Place your chicken in a gallon freezer bag or a container with a lid and add the marinade. Toss the chicken in the marinade until it is well coated then seal it in its container and place it in the refrigerator to marinate.

Marinate the chicken for a minimum of 1 hour and no longer than 24 hours.

Cook the chicken. The great thing about this dish is you can cook it just about any way you want. Bake or grill the chicken at 400 degrees F for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Or, if you prefer, cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces and cook in a skillet over medium high heat for 15 minutes or until cooked through.

top down shot of grilled harissa chicken

Can I Make it Ahead of Time?

Yes! This is a great recipe to make ahead of time. You can prepare the marinade and place the chicken and marinade in a gallon freezer bag. Seal it tightly and then store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to prepare the chicken remove it from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then bake according the recipe instructions.

Open Nature® offers minimally processed, high quality products, available at a value in the Washington D.C. area exclusively at Safeway stores. Make sure to add Open Nature® affordable Air Chilled Chicken to your list the next time you head to Safeway!

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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Marinade Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Harissa Chicken

Harissa Chicken is baked or grilled chicken that has been marinated in a harissa marinade giving it a rich, spicy flavor that is perfect for an easy dinner any night of the week.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Open Nature® Air Chilled Chicken, mix of breasts and thighs
  • 1 cup Harissa Paste
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • In a small bowl combine the harissa paste, olive oil, and salt and stir it together until everything is well mixed.
  • Place your chicken in a gallon freezer bag or a container with a lid and add the marinade. Toss the chicken in the marinade until it is well covered then seal it in it’s container and place it in the refrigerator to marinate. Marinate the chicken for a minimum of 1 hour and no longer than 24 hours.
  • Bake or grill the chicken at 400 degrees F for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Or, if you prefer, cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces and cook in a skillet over medium high heat for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Serve with your favorite sides.

Nutrition

Serving: 4ounces, Calories: 321kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 598mg, Potassium: 277mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 275IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: harissa chicken