Mid-Week Dinner Idea : Harissa Chicken

Easy recipe, quick meal idea, harissa, chicken

In France, Moroccan food is the counterpart of Indian food in Great Britain. When I was a young adult and money would hardly stretch to the end of the month, eating out was an extra-ordinary event.

We would never go anywhere else but for "un Couscous". Very recently, my friend rang, to tell me with a giggle: "I went to the loft, to clear it up and guess what I found?.... My Couscous Dress." Yes, we had special extra large dresses which would accommodate us and all the couscous we could eat. Tight jeans would have been a liability.

My favourite part of a Couscous meal were the juices mixed with harissa and spread over semolina. I was so hooked on harissa that at home, my preferred snack was harissa on toast.

Now, I would not dare to post such things as semolina harissa or harissa on toast but the next best thing for "not that young but not that old adults": Harissa Chicken to be served with semolina or a green salad. It's extremely quick and easy, the perfect Mid-Week Dinner Idea.

Harissa Chicken

  • chicken  breast
  • 4 tbsp harissa paste (rose harissa is nice)
  • 1 garlic bulb, broken into cloves
  • lemon , cut into wedges
  • 400g cherry tomatoes (on the vine if you wish)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • green salad or semolina to serve to serve (optional)


Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Oil a baking tray with olive oil

Break the garlic bulb and break it into cloves, it's entirely up to you how many cloves to use.
Spread in the tray, add the cherry tomatoes (with or without the vine).
Cut the lemon into 6 wedges.
Score the chicken breast and rub with harissa
Place the lemon and the chicken in the tray
Drizzle with olive oil

Bake for 45 minutes

I would like to share this recipe with Inheritance Recipes hosted by Coffee and Vanilla. Because it reminds me so much of time past but also because it's the type of food, I grew up with when staying with my Moroccan maternal family.

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