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Harissa Chicken with Couscous and Mint Sauce. Chicken marinated in a homemade harissa sauce, served over a fresh herb couscous, and topped with a mint yogurt sauce. Full of delicious, unique flavor!
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Harissa Chicken with Couscous and Mint Sauce

Harissa Chicken with Couscous and Mint Sauce. Chicken marinated in a homemade harissa sauce, served over a fresh herb couscous, and topped with a mint yogurt sauce. Full of delicious, unique flavor!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Moroccan
Keyword: Harissa Chicken over Couscous
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 361kcal

Ingredients

Chicken and Harissa Sauce

  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast sliced in half if thick
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 red onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 3 tbsp jarred roasted red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 lemon juice and zest of
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 tbsp honey

Couscous

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can cannelini beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder

Mint Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint chopped finely
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

Harissa and Chicken

  • Heat olive oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Next, add red onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic. Saute until onion and pepper have softened, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add caraway seeds and saute for about 60 seconds. Remove from heat.
  • Place onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic, roasted red pepper, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small food processor. Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Return mixture to pot and place over medium heat on stove top. Stir in butter and honey. Continue stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.
  • If chicken breasts are thick, slice each breast in half horizontally, so that each piece is about 1/2" in thickness. Place chicken in bowl with lid or sealable bag. Pour sauce over chicken and stir. Cover bowl or seal bag and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line baking pan with aluminum foil overlapping the sides. Place chicken with sauce in pan. Fold aluminum foil so that top of chicken is covered. If aluminum foil doesn't cover the top, use another piece to cover.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Couscous

  • Melt butter in medium sized sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Once liquid is boiling, add couscous and beans. Cover pot and remove from heat. Let sit until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  • Once liquid has absorbed, stir in lemon juice, coriander, and oregano.

Mint sauce

  • In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients for sauce. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serving

  • Slice chicken. Serve chicken, with the sauce from the pan, over couscous. Top with mint sauce.

Notes

  • If you like a strong lemon flavor for the couscous, you can do the following: When you add the chicken broth, also add the zest of one lemon. After the couscous has cooked, double the lemon juice so that you stir in 4 tbsp of lemon juice.
  • The mint sauce recipe is enough for about 1-2 tbsp of sauce per serving. If you prefer more sauce, double the sauce recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 994mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.3mg