Photo: Thomas J. Story
Prep and Cook Time
1 Hour
Marinate Time
4 Hours
Serves 6

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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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."

Step 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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Ratings & Reviews


August 01, 2017
This was delicious! My husband and I loved it. Easy clean up too if you use aluminum foil.

I Thought This Was Exceptional!

April 20, 2015
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.

Easy, but not Wow.

May 20, 2015
The prep for this was really, really easy, and the chicken is tender and picks up the harissa spice. But it lacks the complexity or wow factor needed for a 5 star review.

Great, easy Sunday meal

October 18, 2015
I'm always looking for fall and winter "cozy" meals. This fits the bill. I thought that it was very flavorful considering how few ingredients it has.