Looking to bump up your chicken to the next level? These Grilled Harissa Chicken Thighs are just what you need! In under an hour, you can have this amazing dish on the table, ready to serve.
The harissa adds such an explosion of flavor to the grilled chicken! You may never want to go back to regular old grilled chicken again. If you are looking for some other superlative chicken recipes, why not check out these Lemon Greek Chicken Kabobs or this ultra tasty Spatchcock Grilled Gochujang Chicken recipe? Both recipes will make your tastebuds jump for joy!!
Not only does the harissa paste give these chicken thighs a punch of flavor, but the honey adds a touch of sweetness to the recipe. The wide spectrum of flavors in these grilled harissa chicken thighs is what makes them so good!
WHAT IS IN GRILLED Harissa Chicken Thighs?
The marinade really makes this chicken recipe. Although you can use this same recipe when serving chicken breast or even chicken wings. I do love to use bone-in thighs, the dark meat is so juicy and flavourful.
- Chicken thighs
- Sea salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Harissa paste
- Lemon juice
- Garlic, minced
- Olive oil
While the harissa paste is the secret ingredient and makes a difference in the recipe, the other ingredients are complementary to the harissa. Combined together, they make the chicken the star!
HOW TO MAKE gRILLED hARISSA CHICKEN THIGHS
Start by whisking the sea salt, fresh ground pepper, harissa paste, lemon juice, honey, minced garlic, and olive oil in a large bowl or baking dish. Place the chicken thighs in the bowl or baking dish and pour the marinade over top.
Gently stir to coat the chicken all over with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. You can let the chicken thigh marinade for up to a few hours.
Preheat your grill to medium hot, about 350 – 375 degrees F. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard. Cook on the grill for 10-12 minutes a side, turning occasionally.
You want the chicken thighs to cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. I check the temperature with Thermoworks Thermapen instant-read thermometer; it works great every time!!
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Once your chicken thighs are cooked, remove them from the grill to a platter and allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving.
SERVING YOUR Grilled harissa chicken thighs
You could even pair this with rice or a baked potato. The harissa is a little spicy, but it is not overpowering.
What is Harissa sauce made of?
Harissa has its origins in North Africa. It is made from a combination of red chile pepper, garlic, oil, and some sort of acid like lemon juice and/or vinegar.
It can be found in most middle eastern grocers, but as it has become more popular, it is now often available in the international section of most local grocery stores or supermarkets.
Traditionally, harissa is added to soups and stews or used as a dip. But we now use harissa in a variety of ways, including as a rub on meats. Or as in this recipe, as an ingredient in the marinade.
Just look at how amazingly good those grilled chicken thighs look! Don’t you just want to reach out a grab one? So what are you waiting for? Go out and pick up some harissa paste today and start marinating your chicken for the grill!
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- 6 chicken thighs, boneless, skin on (medium size thighs)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup harissa paste (2.25 oz | 64 g)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- In a bowl, mix chicken, salt, pepper, harissa paste, lemon juice, honey, garlic, and oil.
- Marinade chicken thighs for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
- Preheat your grill to medium (350 - 375 degrees F).
- Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade and place them on the grill, discarding the marinade.
- Grill the chicken thighs for about 10 minutes per side. You want the internal temperature of the chicken to be at least 165 degrees F.
- Remove to a serving platter and let rest for a few minutes.
- Serve with salad, garlic bread, fries, or baked potato.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 510Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 250mgSodium: 701mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 47g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.