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March 2, 2024

Honey Harissa Chicken Sheet Pan

Chicken thighs and potatoes get a spicy-sweet harissa glaze and flavorful tahini sauce in this easy sheet pan recipe.

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Honey harissa chicken, potatoes and broccoli served over couscous and drizzled with tahini sauce
Photography by Gayle McLeod

A Harissa Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe With Potatoes And Broccoli

We toss chicken thighs in a hot honey glaze before roasting with potatoes and broccoli in this spicy-sweet sheet pan dinner. Once you have harissa on hand, you’ll find yourself adding it to everything, including our Sheet Pan Harissa and Cabbage. Soft Scrambled Eggs and Pizza love a little dab, and swirling a spoonful into Whipped Feta Dip would be divine on a sandwich or with a plate of crunchy vegetables.

honey harissa chicken, potatoes and broccoli on a serving platter drizzled with tahini sauce

What is Harissa?

Harissa adds a spicy depth of flavor to any dish, and can be used as condiment, dip, or marinade. It’s a hot pepper paste made with roasted red peppers, herbs, spices and olive oil. Like any good condiment, recipes vary from maker to maker (we love a secret family recipe, and for store-bought we often look for Villa Jerada brand!). It originates from the Maghreb in Northern Africa, and Tunisia is the largest contributor to the world’s supply of harissa. Its cultural and culinary impact is so significant that the United Nations recently recognized harissa as part of Tunisia’s Intangible Cultural Heritage!

chicken thighs, potatoes, broccoli, couscous, tahini, soy sauce, garlic, honey, olive oil and spices in prep bowls

Ingredients For Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken And Potatoes

Aside from the obvious ingredients–honey, harissa, and chicken–you’ll need the following to make this easy sheet pan dinner:

  • Baby potatoes and baby broccoli – Potatoes and broccoli are reliable components for any sheet pan meal. Potatoes get golden and crispy and broccoli becomes the best version of itself. Check out our Mini Italian-Style Meatloaf Sheet Pan dinner for another great potato and broccoli pairing.

  • Tahini – Sesame paste is a key part of many a delicious Sauce, Hummus Dip, and Dressing.

  • Couscous – We like to serve a big bowl of fluffy Couscous with this dinner, but good old White Rice or Brown Rice would be an easy addition.

harissa, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder combined in a glass bowl
potatoes being tossed with harissa, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder in a glass bowl
chicken thighs being tossed with harissa, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder in a glass bowl
potatoes tossed with harissa, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder on a baking sheet

How to Make This Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner

  • Crank up the heat! This dinner is cooked in a hot oven (400°F!)

  • Make the harissa glaze. Mix the harissa and other ingredients in a large bowl.

  • Toss the taters. Layer the sauced potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet, cut side down so they get nice and crispy.

  • Toss the chicken. Place a cooling rack on top of the potatoes and set the chicken on top of it. This way the chicken will crisp up and the chicken juices will drip onto the potatoes, and everything will be that much more flavorful! We use this method for our Roasted Tandoori Chicken too.

  • Cook the broccoli. When the chicken is done cooking, remove it and the cooling rack from your sheet pan. Toss the broccoli with the potatoes and return to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until broccoli is tender.

  • Make the tahini sauce.

  • Serve! Drizzle tahini sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and parsley and serve with couscous.

chicken tossed with harissa, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder on a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet
baked chicken thighs seasoned with harissa, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder on a baking sheet

How to Store And Variations For Honey Harissa Chicken

  • If you find yourself with leftovers (and that’s a big if!), they’ll be good in the fridge for 3-4 days.

  • You can also freeze the harissa honey chicken once cooled, using it within four months.

  • The honey and harissa glaze would be great on all kinds of various meat and fish, and we imagine pork and shrimp would be easy substitutions. You can check out our Baked Pork Chop and Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner and Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner for inspiration!

roasted potatoes and broccoli in a harissa sauce on a baking sheet
honey harissa chicken, potatoes and broccoli on a serving platter drizzled with tahini sauce

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Honey Harissa Chicken Sheet Pan

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  1 hr
  • Calories: 642

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup mild harissa paste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pound baby potatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons honey, warmed
  • 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 bunch baby broccoli
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
  • Couscous for serving

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the center position.

  2. In a large bowl, combine harissa, olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add potatoes and toss to coat. Arrange the potatoes cut-sides down on a rimmed baking sheet.

  3. To the same bowl, add the honey and 1 teaspoon of the salt and stir to combine. Add the chicken and toss to combine.

  4. Set a cooling rack over top of the potatoes, then arrange the chicken on the cooking rack. Roast until the chicken is crispy and cooked through, 40-45 minutes. Remove the sheet form the oven and transfer the chicken to a large platter, then remove the cooling rack. Toss the broccoli with the potatoes and return to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until broccoli is tender. Transfer to the platter along with the chicken.

  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the tahini, ¼ cup water, soy sauce, garlic, and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt until smooth.

  6. To serve, drizzle tahini sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and parsley and serve alongside couscous.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories642
  • Protein43 g
  • Carbohydrates31 g
  • Total Fat39 g
  • Dietary Fiber4 g
  • Cholesterol368 mg
  • sodium1219 mg
  • Total Sugars7 g

Honey Harissa Chicken Sheet Pan

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  • Charlene

    If I were to freeze this after its cooked, can I reheat it by baking it in the oven directly out of the freezer or would I have to thaw it first?

    We haven't tested this first so we would recommend thawing it first for best results. Since it is skin on chicken, the skin will most likely not crisp up the same way as when it's fresh from the oven, just a heads up. Hope you enjoy Charlene!

  • Alli

    I have some boneless thighs I'd like to try this with. Any idea how much I should adjust the cook time? Keep the same temp?

    Boneless thighs would still cook on 400 but probably for 30-35 minutes. This might change the cook on the potatoes. After removing the chicken you will need to see how far along the potatoes are. If they are still pretty firm you will want to cook them a few extra minutes before adding the broccoli. Hope you enjoy Alli!

  • Jamie

    A total crowd pleaser. Made it for a dinner party and we were all licking our plates. Thank you!

    YAY! Thanks Jamie, glad everyone loved it!

  • Carolyn

    I’ve made this recipe a few times and it is so good!! It’s simple but tastes like you spent a long time cooking!

    Thanks Carolyn, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Jessica

    So good! My boyfriend and I loved this meal. Will definitely be putting this in the rotation.

    YAY! Thanks Jessica, we are so glad you both loved it!

  • Hannah

    This was a great meal! The tahini sauce made it all come together. My husband, who normally doesn’t say much, complimented the dish 3 different times. Definitely will be making again.

    Thanks Hannah, that is so great to hear!

  • Jenn

    I love all your sheet pan dinners and as usual this one did not disappoint! Loved it! SO fun to cook the chicken over the potatoes, they get so flavorful from the drippings!

    Thanks Jenn, so happy you enjoyed it!