One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt

This One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt 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. | platingsandpairings.com

This One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt 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.

This One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt 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. | platingsandpairings.com

I teamed up with Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

This One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt 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. | platingsandpairings.com

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 this summer! 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 Pot 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.

This One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt 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. | platingsandpairings.com

What makes me feel even better about this dish is using Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken – Locally grown here on in the Pacific Northwest, with absolutely no antibiotics, and fed a 100% vegetarian diet in an American Human Certified environment. That’s important to me.

A note about the heat in this dish – 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.

This One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt 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. | platingsandpairings.com

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.

This One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt 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. | platingsandpairings.com

One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt

Course: Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Platings & Pairings - Inspired by Bon Appetit
This One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt 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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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp . olive oil
  • 6 Foster Farms Simply Raised boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 onion cut into 12 wedges
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp . tomato paste
  • 1 15- oz . can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup harissa paste
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Harissa Yogurt Sauce

  • 6 oz . plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp . harissa paste
  • 1 Tbsp . lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Harissa Yogurt Sauce:

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

Chicken:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add chickpeas, harissa and chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  5. Return chicken to the skillet and place in oven. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Top with cilantro and serve with lemon wedges and harissa yogurt on the side.

WINE PAIRINGS:

  • 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.

This One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Yogurt 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. | platingsandpairings.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken.

15 comments

  1. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    I need to get myself some harissa! Making this next week for sure.

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    1. Erin

      Yay! I’d love to hear back on how you like it Catherine!

      Reply

  2. Lisa @ This Beautiful Day

    Erin – this looks AMAZING! I don’t how you are constantly coming up with such creative and beautiful recipes. Looks super yummy and love that it’s one pot with minimal clean-up.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Lisa! I’m constantly on the quest for more one-pot meals!

      Reply

  3. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    Everything about this recipe looks amazing! I haven’t cooked with harissa at home yet but this definitely makes me want to run out and get some to try this dish. Yum!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you do Marlynn! I’m definitely becoming hooked on harissa 🙂

      Reply

  4. Mary

    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!)!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I definitely lean towards the side of spicy, Mary, so much so that it gives my boyfriend the hiccups… Oops.

      Reply

  5. Matt

    I love harrisa, and the other flavours you have going on here sound fab. Think I may need to up my game on my weekend tray bake!

    Reply

  6. Mary Beth Robinson

    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

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    1. Erin

      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!

      Reply

  7. Jean Gilliard

    I have Harissa powdered seasoning, can I use that in lieu of the paste?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Jean – I would add some oil and water to the powder until it reaches a paste like texture. Hope this helps!

      Reply

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