Harissa chicken with chickpea salad

Harissa chicken with chickpea salad

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 8 mins


Serves 2
A low-fat, fibre-filled supper with a superhealthy side - just the thing for midweek

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal313
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre7g
  • protein44g
  • salt1.06g
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  • 250g punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • small bunch parsley, roughly chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, halved lengthways through the middle
  • 1 tbsp harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted other spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • fat-free natural yogurt and wholemeal pitta bread, to serve


  1. Mix the tomatoes, onion and chickpeas together, stir through the parsley and lemon juice and season.

  2. Coat the chicken with the harissa. Heat a griddle or frying pan or barbecue. Cook the chicken for 3-4 mins each side until lightly charred and cooked through.

  3. Divide the salad between 2 plates, top with the harissa chicken and serve with a dollop of yogurt and warmed pitta bread.

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Comments (22)

Lula-Rose's picture

Made this for dinner this evening as began on a health kick...its great! I added some chopped fresh mint and a splash of white wine vinegar to the chickpea salad, and seasoned really well with salt and cracked black pepper. I think the mint really added something, or you could mint the low fat natural yoghurt. A really filling and satisfying, cheap and quick meal. Will become a regular!

sallykindle's picture

Terrific! I doubled the harissa, used coriander, and as I didn't have chickpeas, used bulgar wheat. Yum!

sallykindle's picture

I'll be making this again and again! I doubled the harissa, used coriander instead of parsley, and as I was out of chickpeas, used bulgar wheat. Terrific!

bjpitts's picture

This is delicious. I made my own wholemeal pitta to accompany, serving them straight from oven to table - freshly baked, hot, delicious, and highly recommended. I also forgot to buy parsley so I used freshly chopped coriander in the salad instead, which seemed to work fine.

keex2006's picture

love this! made it exactly to recipe and it is so refreshing and tasty! Actually, just realised I used lots more harissa than 1tbsp! will cook this time and time again, hubby loves it.

Tracey.'s picture

Really nice would make again agin

Tracey.'s picture

Really nice would make again agin

Tracey.'s picture

Really nice would make again agin

sanhita1968's picture

The cheak pea salad could be made tastier with cucumber,spring onions & any spice or herb that you may preffer. I used "chat massala"& "roasted & then ground cumin seeds" & corriander leaves .That makes the chickpea salad more filling without adding any extra calories.
One can try using cabbage strips,carrots,peas (parboiled) to this salad too & make this a veggie meal.

abroekman's picture

Lovely summer dish. Fresh and tangy from the yogurt and lemon, a little heat from the harissa. Sweet from the tomatoes. Flavours worked together beautifully. Served with wholemeal wraps as we couldn't find wholemeal pita breads

emmamoss's picture

This was easy to make but I found it a little bland.

philinbrighton's picture

I wasn't that excited before i cooked this but i tried it because i was looking for a new healthy chicken dish. I was very pleasantly surprised. The chicken (which I grilled) was simple but very tasty and the chickpeas were fresh, tasty and filinging. I added a small clove of crushed garlic which was very nice.

caytaebner89's picture

Really tasty; very light and fresh. I too substituted the parsley for coriander and I also used chicken thigh fillets instead of chicken breasts! I enjoyed it very much; hence the 5 stars ;)

thecherub's picture

This was simple, quick and tasty. I got the paste from Sainsburys (internet delivery service). Will definately make it again, its a bonus that it is low-fat and healthy too!

ks_cooking's picture

Hi does anyone else have problems finding fresh harissa the only place i have ever found it is borough market and it takes over an hour to get there do supermarkets stock it, if they do where as i can never find it and get blank looks if i ask

potatohead's picture

Delicious. Worked well with butterbeans as well as chickpeas and was super quick after work. A regular favourite.
Betty Bunny - Waitrose (larger stores) sells Chipotle paste for around £1.50 a jar.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Very quick to make but I fried up the chicken instead of griddling it. The chickpea salad was light and fresh tasting.

jaqui_sampson's picture

This was really tasty, but I tweaked a few things which elevated it from a 4 stars recipe to 5. I used chopped fresh coriander instead of parsley, and toasted a tablespoon of cumin seeds in a dry frying pan and added them to the salad as well. I mixed the remaining harissa with the yoghurt, and grilled the chicken instead of griddling it and the resulting dish was delicious.

tyack1980's picture

Beth - can I ask where you found your chipotle paste please? Ive been looking for it everywhere with no luck! Thanks!

bethocallaghan's picture

Really good, though I had no harissa in so I used chipotle paste instead - a bit more smokey but very nice.


Questions (2)

LouRa21's picture

Does the nutritional information include the pitta and yoghurt?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, as a rule of thumb, anything that has "to serve" after it is not included in the nutrition information. So, in this case the pitta and yogurt isn't included.

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