Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas (One Skillet)

This One Skillet Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas is a fuss free dish that’s easy to make at home. Spicy, fragrant harissa reduces and coats the chicken and chickpeas as they roast, and a creamy yogurt harissa sauce finishes it all off.

Harissa Chicken

Harissa has my heart lately. From Harissa Hummus to Lemon Chicken Skewers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce, harissa has been finding its way into lots of my recipes! Its warm spices and rich fragrance have defined a new style of comfort food for me.

Comfort food was traditionally defined by rich, heavy dishes, like Macaroni and Cheese, Short Ribs, or Osso Buco. But today, I’d like to think that the new comfort food is just a more healthful, mindful way of eating – eating to feel good.

This One Skillet Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt is my new comfort food. With the rich, spiciness of the harissa, the creamy chickpeas and the tangy yogurt, it’s an all around feel good dish that’s easy to make on a weeknight, but fancy enough to serve at a dinner party.

Ingredients for harissa chicken laid on countertop

Is Harissa Spicy?

  • Different brands of harissa can have varying degrees of heat. You should taste yours first and modify the amount you use from there. You may need anywhere from 1/8 cup of harissa to ¼ cup. It also depends on how spicy you like your food. I used ¼ cup, and the end result was quite spicy – the way I like it. However, if you’re sensitive to heat, I would definitely dial it down a bit, using half the amount.

I love that this dish finishes off in the oven, giving you a bit of a break before dinner. It’s the perfect time to whip up the harissa yogurt sauce, pour a glass of wine, and clean up the kitchen before digging in.

Close up of harissa chicken in skillet.

Wine Pairings for Harissa Chicken: 

  • Sauvignon Blanc – Fresh and fruity with abundant citrus and herbal notes, it makes a great match for the tanginess and spiciness of the harissa.
  • A dry Rosé or Riesling would also make a great match for this dish, their bright acidity and balanced sweetness play nicely off the harissa.
  • If you’re looking for a red wine to pair with this dish, consider something with a light body and minimal tannins – A Grenache or Beaujolais Nouveau would work well here.

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How do you define comfort food? Are you more traditional when it comes to those dishes, or have you created a “new” comfort food tradition of your own? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Harissa chicken in skillet with spoon

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Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas (One Skillet)

One Skillet Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas is a fuss free dish that's easy to make at home. Spicy, fragrant harissa coats the chicken and chickpeas as they roast and a creamy yogurt harissa sauce finishes it off at the end.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 onion (cut into large wedges)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup harissa paste (depending on how spicy you'd like the dish)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 lemon (sliced)

Harissa Yogurt Sauce

  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 Tablespoons harissa paste
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper



  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Heat oil in large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, until browned. (The chicken does not need to be fully cooked through.) Set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add onion and garlic to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add tomato paste and allow to brown for a minute or two.
  • Add chickpeas, harissa and chicken broth.
  • Return chicken to the skillet and scatter lemon slices around. Place in oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Top with cilantro and serve with harissa yogurt sauce on the side.

Harissa Yogurt Sauce:

  • In a small bowl combine yogurt, harissa and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Different brands of harissa can have varying degrees of heat. You should taste yours first and modify the amount you use from there. You may need anywhere from 1/8 cup of harissa to ¼ cup.
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Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 554mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1.5mg

30 thoughts on “Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas (One Skillet)”

  1. Holy crap that looks delicious! I’ve also never tried cooking with harissa at home and now feel the need to go buy some. Totally agree about the rosé too. Would be very refreshing and cooling to the palate, especially if you make it on the spicy side (like I totally would!)!!

  2. This recipe sounds great. Would like to try it — but have one question: I’m assuming you use plain yogurt, but how much? Your standard small size or is more required.

    Thanks for your response.

    Mary Beth

    • Hi Mary Beth – I used 6oz. plain Greek yogurt and stirred in 1 Tbsp. harissa paste. You may need to adjust based on the heat level of your harissa and personal spiciness preference. Enjoy!

  3. 5 stars
    I made the Harissa Chicken last night and it was excellent!! I followed the recipe to a T and it was perfect. I will definitely make this again.

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious!! It was a little spicy for us, so I’ll reduce the amount of harissa next time. I’m so glad that I stumbled across you website!

  5. 5 stars
    My family just loves this recipe. So rich in flavor and doesn’t break the budget. It’s my daughter’s birthday and she asked me to make this again instead of going out to dinner. We serve it with plain steamed rice and Naan bread.


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