Harissa-Roasted Chicken with Chickpeas

Harissa-Roasted Chicken with ChickpeasRecipe

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Tangy yogurt meets bold harissa in the topping for this gutsy chicken dish. Fletcher adapted the recipe from one by her friend Ed Blonz, author of the syndicated column On Nutrition.

Serves 6


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About 1/3 cup coarse harissa* from a jar, such as Les Moulins Mahjoub brand
1 tablespoon lemon juice
About 1 tsp. kosher or sea salt
6 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (2 lbs. total)
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 large red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons
1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal about 1/4 in. thick
About 1/3 cup coarsely chopped cilantro


Prep and Cook: 1 Hours
Marinate: 4 Hours

1. In a bowl, whisk yogurt, harissa, lemon juice, 1 tsp. salt, and several grinds of pepper. Add chicken; turn to coat. "It's a little dry to start, but there's plenty of fat that comes out of the chicken," Fletcher notes. Chill, covered, 4 to 8 hours. "The acid in the yogurt helps tenderize the meat." Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.

2. Preheat oven to 425° with a rack set in upper third. In a bowl, combine chickpeas, onion, and carrots. Season lightly with salt and toss to blend. Make a bed of the vegetables in a 9- by 13-in. baking dish. With a rubber spatula, redistribute marinade so it evenly covers both sides of chicken. Set chicken on vegetables, skin side up. Bake until chicken is deeply browned, about 45 minutes. "It should even be charred in spots."

3. Transfer chicken to a plate. Stir vegetables and add a splash of water if they look dry. Bake until carrots are tender, 10 minutes longer. Stir in 1/3 cup cilantro.

4. To serve, set chicken on vegetables and sprinkle with a little more cilantro.

*Find harissa, a Tunisian chile-and-spice paste, at well-stocked grocery stores.

Created date

April 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 264
Caloriesfromfat 34 %
Protein 22 g
Fat 9.9 g
Satfat 2.8 g
Carbohydrate 17 g
Fiber 4.2 g
Sodium 449 mg
Cholesterol 68 mg