yesterday i went to the grocery store and it looked like the apocalypse had begun.

there was no produce, meat, or eggs to be found. apparently, they hadn’t been able to get a shipment due to the weather for two days.

harissa chicken with chickpeas | things i made today

so i left the store with some tomato paste and chickpeas.

harissa chicken with chickpeas | things i made today

thankfully, i had the remainder of ingredients to make one of my favorite dishes. what did i learn?

harissa chicken with chickpeas | things i made today

when the apocalypse strikes, make sure you’re already stocked up on frozen chicken and harissa. the harissa comes in handy, because it adds a punch to just about anything. in this case, it’s chicken and chickpeas, made simply and deliciously, and in a large enough pan to feed me until wisconsin thaws from this arctic freeze.

Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4-5
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 lbs chicken thighs and/or legs, skin on
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup harissa paste
  • 2 15 oz cans chickpeas, drained
  • parsley or cilantro as garnish
  • lemon wedges
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. In a heavy skillet, heat olive oil. Generously salt and pepper the chicken. Cook on each side until nicely browned. Transfer chicken to plate.
  3. To skillet, add onion and garlic. Cook until fragrant. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1-2 minutes, until it starts to darken.
  4. Add chicken broth and harissa paste and stir well. Add in chickpeas and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, nestle the chicken pieces back into the pan, and transfer to oven.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened. Top with herbs and a squeeze of lemon before serving.



  • 01 / 08 / 14 / 3:51 pm

    Looks delicious! Where do you buy harissa? (Is it available at Trader Joe’s?)

    writes WhitneyReply
    • 01 / 08 / 14 / 3:52 pm

      I’ve seen it at TJs but not consistently. Whole Foods or any specialty store would have it for sure.

      writes VickyReply
    • 12 / 02 / 14 / 4:52 pm

      I didn’t find it at TJ’s but Woodman’s had it. Yes, I went to two stores to find it. I trust Vicky.

      writes Bethany SchimmelReply
      • 12 / 02 / 14 / 4:57 pm

        This makes me happy. A new harissa recipe is posting later this week, so you’ll have something else to make with the remainder of the jar :)

        writes Vicky
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    I’m making this tonight! Long time reader, first time recipe user :-)

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