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Easy Harissa Chicken

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 35 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Calories: 660
easy homemade harissa grilled bone-in chicken thighs on a platter with harissa aioli

This easy, quick harissa chicken—made with a jar of roasted red peppers, plenty of garlic, and smoked paprika—is sure to become your new favorite dinner!

A Homemade Harissa Marinade That’s Easier Than It Sounds!

This easy harissa chicken might just be one of the simplest, most sophisticated chicken recipes we’ve ever created. With a quick marinade made in our new Ascent Series Vitamix blender, we were able to take some humble chicken and create a truly praise-worthy meal. If you are looking for a way to amp up your weeknight chicken game, then this is the recipe for you.

ingredients laid out for grilled harissa chicken
ingredients for homemade harissa in a blender

What’s in Harissa?

Harissa is a spicy, North African chili paste traditionally made out of roasted red peppers, chili peppers, baklouti pepper, serrano peppers, and other hot chili peppers. It also often contains garlic paste, coriander seed, saffron, rose, or caraway. It is delicious in every way and takes whatever it touches to the next level. We wanted to make a simple harissa marinade that would be a perfect go-to for any night of the week. Our homemade harissa has:

  • A jar of roasted red peppers
  • Lots of fresh garlic
  • Caraway and coriander (visit your local grocer’s bulk spice section if you don’t have these on hand.)
  • Smoked paprika
homemade harissa in a jar
chicken thighs coated in homemade harissa on a baking sheet

What Cut of Chicken Should I Use to Make Harissa Chicken?

While you can use this marinade to make harissa chicken breast, or boneless harissa chicken thighs, we went with bone-in, skin-on chicken hindquarters. Not to toot our own horns, but they tasted delicious (we’ll take dark meat any day of the week), plus you can often find them on sale. You could even use this quick harissa marinade on a whole roasted chicken. Promise, whatever this marinade touches is destined to be delicious.

How Do You Make Harissa Chicken?

We’ve come up with a quick, straightforward way to make this delicious chicken recipe and you are going to love how simple it is. Here’s how it’s done.

  • Add ALL the marinade ingredients to your Vitamix blender and get that baby turned on!
  • Coat the chicken with the harissa marinade and toss it in the oven. You could also cook it on a grill, like we did!
  • Mix a little of the leftover marinade with some high-quality mayonnaise to make a quick harissa aioli to serve with the chicken.
  • Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
grilled harissa chicken

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What Goes with Harissa Chicken?

grilled harissa chicken on a platter

Everyone’s Favorite Harissa Dish?

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Easy Harissa Chicken

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 35 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Calories: 660


  • 4 lbs Bone-in, skin-on chicken, hind quarters or mix of thighs and legs
  • 1 (12 oz) jar Roasted red peppers, drained
  • 6 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • ¾ cup Mayonnaise


  1. Add red peppers, garlic, caraway seeds, coriander seeds, paprika, cayenne, salt, olive oil and vinegar to the container of your Vitamix Blender and secure the lid.
  2. Select Variable 1 Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to high. Blend for one minute, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades. You should end up with about one cup of harissa sauce marinade. Reserve 1/4 cup of the harissa sauce for the harissa mayo—you'll use the rest for marinating the chicken pieces.
  3. Pat chicken dry. Place on a rimmed baking sheet or into a large container. Pour the harissa sauce marinade over the chicken. Put it in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Heat grill to medium high heat, about 400°F. Grill the chicken, skin side down, for 4-5 minutes. Flip over and grill the chicken on the other side for 4-5 minutes. Continue grilling chicken, flipping it every 3-4 minutes (so it doesn’t burn) until the internal temperature reached 165°F. The whole process will take about 25-30 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, make harissa mayo by mixing the reserved ¼ cup harissa sauce with the mayo until fully incorporated. Serve alongside the grilled harissa chicken.