What BBK eats

Harissa Roasted Chicken

Spicing up our chicken a bit—literally!  This  North African & Mediterranean inspired  dish – with a BBK twist – is a delicious change up from Chicken breast.  


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*Note: We cook enough for left- overs. Please adjust the amount of Chicken needed to the serving size of your liking. 



Ingredients for the Harissa (sauce): 

  • 1 tsp of Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp of Coriander Powder
  • 2 Tbsp of Sweet Paprika
  • 1 tsp of Anise Powder
  • 1 tsp of Cayenne Pepper 
  • 1 tsp of Red Chili Flakes
  • 4 cloves of Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp of FRESH lemon juice
  • 1  1/2 tsp of Olive Oil 
  • 1 tsp of Sea Salt


Not all are pictured.  

Additional Ingredients: 

  • 10 Chicken Legs & 5 Boneless Skinless Thighs
  • 1 Grapefruit peeled and sectioned 
  • 1 Avocado pitted and sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Mint Leaves torn
  • 1 Lime 
  • 1 tsp of Olive Oil


Cooking Instructions:

  • PreHeat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Place chicken in a large bowl and sit aside.


  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the Harissa starting with the powders adding lemon and oil last. Stir with a spoon until the sauce is blended well.  
  • Once blended, start with a  Tbsp of the Harissa and place on chicken. Begin rubbing the Harissa onto chicken- be sure to get under the skin. Rub until chicken is completely covered adding more when needed.  *IF YOU CAN TRY TO SAVE AT LEAST  1 Tbsp of the HARISSA for after the chicken is cooked.**


  • Cover & refrigerate over night or for at least 2 hours. (allow flavors to settle)
  • Line baking pan with parchment paper and begin to arrange chicken on the parchment paper.
  • Place in oven uncovered and roast for 35 minutes.  
  • In a small serving bowl, combine the divided grapefruit and avocado slices. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and squeeze 1/2 of the fresh lime juice on top. Add a pinch of sea salt & pepper for taste. Stir and top with torn mint leaves. 
  • Serve the grapefruit, avocado mixture, and the remaining 1 Tbsp of Harissa with the chicken. 
  • Plate and serve to your liking! 


Vegetables: Using the Grill Pan- We paired it with grilled  Broccolini & Zucchini. 



 Also great with Brown Rice, Jasmine Rice,  or Quinoa. 



With the Harissa  being a bit spicy, the grapefruit mixture helps mellow that and truly compliments the taste.  Give it a try:) 

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Thank you Cheryl for the recipe inspiration:)  




Comment from Cheryl Holliday
Time September 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

This is on my list along with the Flank steak early part of this week! Looks yummy, and I like what you did with the recipe. Thanks BBK!

Comment from admin
Time September 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm

You’re welcome:)

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