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Harissa Chicken

Rated as 4.4 out of 5 Stars

"If you are interested in a little bit of heat, but not too much, this is a great recipe for you. I used a mortar and pestle to form the spice paste, but you can easily use a small bowl and the back side of a spoon. Be sure to pair it with sides that counteract the heat. I served this alongside rice with peas and onions mixed in. It was perfect! The salad that I served the chicken on top of, Green Chile and Tomato Salad, is also another recipe of mine on this site. Check it out!"
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4 h 30 m servings 178
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Place the smoked paprika, garlic, cumin, caraway seeds, chipotle pepper, and adobo sauce into a mortar, and grind together with a pestle to make a paste. Smear the paste all over the chicken breasts, place into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade, and discard the excess marinade. Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken breasts until the meat shows grill marks and the inside is no longer pink, about 5 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 178 calories; 5.6 3.2 28 68 101 Full nutrition

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This was really delicious. The only issue I had was spreading the paste.. was very thick .. I added a bit of oil to make it easier to spread. Next time will use a little more adobo sauce

Husband loved this recipe! And he doesn't even like chicken, so that's saying something.

We loved this chicken! It had the perfect amount of spice for us. I didn't marinate the chicken at all and it still worked really well. The chicken was so flavorful! I didn't have a mortar and p...

I made this recipe only difference was our store didn't have the peppers is adobe sauce. So I just substituted 1 teaspoon of Chipotle sauce for the chipotle pepper in the adobe sauce. Then since...