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Harissa Chicken Traybake

Harissa Chicken Traybake

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I will probably have hundreds of chicken recipes on my blog by the end of it all. May as well add this Harissa Chicken Traybake to the mix.

Harissa Chicken Traybake

Let me tell you I have tons of chicken recipes that I have to work on. We don’t eat much red meat so it’s either chicken or fish as a protein.

Today I was looking for something quick to put together and this recipe was perfect. A friend came over so I wanted to get the cooking out the way before she arrived.

I had all the ingredients, although this wasn’t a planned dish. Often I buy stuff and usually end up making something else.

The thing about me is that I cook according to my mood. If I wake up in the morning and I don’t feel like cooking or baking then whatever I make will be a disaster.

So my mood dictates my cooking. Often I also make things just for the fun of it.

Baking for me is fun. But it has to be simple, uncomplicated baking.

My neighbour and my helper are the lucky ones as they eat most of the stuff I make. My fussy family hardly eats much.

Ingredients required

For this dish you will need some green pepper and red pepper, onion, a few spices and harissa paste.

You can make your own harissa paste. It is pretty easy to make but honestly somedays I don’t have time to make everything from scratch.

If you’re wondering what Harissa paste is? It is a “hot” chilli paste that originated in North Africa. It can be used as a dip or marinade.

Today I used store bought harissa paste and the dish still tasted amazing. 

How to make the dish

You literally throw everything into a tray and bake. How easy is that!

Sometimes I just place everything directly onto the tray and marinate it there too. That’s when I’m really in a rush to get things done.

Today I did it in a little more orderly fashion. I marinated the chicken in a  bowl and I mixed in the veggies.

That way I got some of the flavour into the veggies as well. I also cooked my potatoes until slightly tender before adding it to the dish.

As you know with the high altitude potatoes don’t cook very well in Johannesburg. If you living on the coast you may not have to pre-cook your potatoes.

This dish takes an hour to cook. I like my chicken to be really well cooked.

More Chicken Recipes to try:

Spicy Chicken Noodles

Indian Spiced Chicken

Easy Butter Chicken

Harissa Chicken Traybake

Quick and Easy dish that tastes amazing too
Course Main Course
Keyword easy chicken recipes, harissa chicken traybake, quick and easy dinner recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4


  • 8 chicken pieces thighs and drumsticks
  • 1 red onion cut into petals
  • 1 green pepper cut into cubes
  • 1 red pepper cut into cubes
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoon harissa paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 birds eye chili (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • Peel and cut the potatoes into wedges. Cover with some water and cook until slightly tender. This step is optional (see note 1)
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • In a large bowl mix all the ingredients for the marinade, except the honey
  • Rub the marinade into the chicken and mix in the vegetables
  • Place on a baking tray, lined with foil and bake for 1 hour. In the last 10 minutes turn the oven up to 200 degrees celsius. In the last 5 minutes of baking brush the chicken with the honey
  • Drizzle some lemon juice when serving


  1. If you are confident the potatoes will cook in 1 hour then no need to pre-cook the potatoes. You can add it raw
  2. If you want some heat you an add a couple of birds eye chilli to this dish
  3. I love the slight sweetness to the chicken, however if you don't then omit the honey




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