Harissa Spiced Roasted Chicken

Chicken pieces spiced with homemade harissa – spicy, sweet and delicious! This can be marinated ahead of time and roast the next day.

It’s funny how we complain about things without (sometimes) thinking that there are situations crazier than ours. I was just going through my drafts and saw less than 15 drafts to get rid of.  Then I’ve read Angie’s post and she has 61, while Mollie was down to 70 from 170. Wow! I laughed at myself. Now, I need to start getting rid of them. I have trashed some already, not because I don’t like the taste, but because I didn’t like the photo and I cannot take another photo after realizing that. Why not? Well, they’re already gone – swimming inside my tummy!

To get rid of my drafts, I am starting off with this one – Harissa Spiced Roasted Chicken. Super easy recipe, yet so good! You start off my mixing your spices, rub them all over the chicken pieces and add the veggies. Next thing is you roast them. Now, you can relax while waiting or you can muli-task. I’ll take the multi-tasking part! 😀


This dish came out a little lemony since I included lemon wedges with the chicken and other veggies while roasting. I am sure you can just squeeze lemon juice – it’s up to you. I used homemade harissa and my tummy was very happy!

I hope I am not that late to this week’s Fiesta Friday #182, co-hosted by Liz @ Spades, Spatulas & Spoons and Jenny @ Jenny Is Baking. Thanks, ladies and Angie!

Harissa Spiced Roasted Chicken


  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 3 tsp harissa paste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 chicken (I used drumsticks and thighs)
  • ½ lemon, sliced in wedges
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. In a small bowl, add crushed garlic, harissa paste, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Give it a good mix and rub all over the chicken pieces. Place in a baking dish.
  3. Add in sliced onion, tomatoes and lemon wedges, making sure that all seeds have been removed.
  4. Roast for 40-50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, turning the pan halfway through cooking.

Source recipe: Sainsbury’s Magazine


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29 thoughts on “Harissa Spiced Roasted Chicken

  1. Harissa and chicken is one of my favourite combinations and the extra lemon would make it extra good for me! I love lemon on chicken too. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!

    1. Sometimes, I love chicken dishes with too much lemon flavor. There are times that I don’t.😂 You will love this, Corina. Thank you for stopping by!

    1. I didn’t like the photos here, but you made me feel better by letting me know that the dish is beautiful. Thanks, Mara! Have a great week!

  2. Hi Jhuls it’s so interesting to read how many drafts you’re all juggling at one time – I only ever have one or two posts in my drafts so pretty limited for choice on what’s next – at least you and Angie have a wide selection to pick from!

    1. Coz sometimes I am very energetic to do 5 dishes during weekend, and there are times I am toooooo lazyyyyy! Having more drafts is also sometimes crazy coz you don’t know which one comes first. 😂 Thanks, Laura!

  3. How much I can relate to this post😁 It is just that we set a standard for ourselves and when we can’t match up it goes in the draft and waits and waits there for what looks like forever😬😀
    I am so glad (sorry😬) I am not alone.
    The chicken looks amazing. I have always wanted to take pictures from the top but somehow they never work for me. I would love to learn.
    Love everything about this post.👍🏻😊

    1. Well, I am also glad that we are on the same page!🤣 Some of the photos and drafts were trashed coz I didn’t like the photo. For me, these photos are just ‘passable’ 😂 See? I am expecting a lot. Thanks, Ana!

  4. I think it was a very bad idea to stop by shortly before dinner. Now I want to eat this, it does look awesome and I love the fact that it is prepared in no time.

    1. I am planning to make harissa this weekend, but I am feeling lazy. So I’ll get from the store instead.🤦🏻‍♀️ Thanks, Mandy!

  5. Beautiful photos and a delicious sounding recipe. I’ve seen harissa paste at World Market for a while now and have been meaning to experiment with it; I think it would be delicious with chicken. Thanks for sharing Jhuls 🙂

    1. I have just checked my fridge and my harissa paste is soon to say goodbye. I may need to buy some – too lazy to make my own. 😂 Thanks, Jess!😘

    1. Harissa is super nice especially when it’s homemade. You can really taste that smokiness that comes from roasted red bell peppers. Thanks, Debbie!

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