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
How to Make It
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.
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."
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.
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.
Most recipes I see in magazines and try at home have been disappointing. This one was exceptional. After a long hunt for Harissa in the S. Seattle area, I finally found some at Big John's Pacific Food Importers. This was an easy recipe to make. The flavor that that the vegetables picked up from cooking under the chicken was outstanding, as was the flavor of the chicken. I hope to make this one again and again.