Harissa chicken traybake

Harissa chicken traybake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
You only need five ingredients to create this spicy, healthy, low-calorie chicken dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal303
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre4g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 3 tbsp harissa



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

  • ½ x 500g pot low-fat natural yogurt
  • 4 skinless chicken breast, slashed
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into long wedges
  • 2 red onion, cut into wedges


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Mix 2 tbsp of the harissa with 3 tbsp of the yogurt. Rub all over the chicken breasts and set aside to marinate while you start the veg.

  2. Toss the squash and the onions with remaining harissa, mixed with 2 tbsp oil (sunflower, vegetable or olive is fine), and some seasoning in a large roasting tin. Roast for 10 mins.

  3. Remove veg from the oven, add the chicken to the tin, then roast for a further 20-25 mins until the chicken and veg are cooked through. Serve with the remaining yogurt on the side, and a big bowl of couscous or rice.

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Comments (46)

eileenmmk's picture

Easy and fabulous. Fabulous and easy!!

middy346's picture

Very easy and very tasty!
I've found that harissa paste varies a lot in its strength, from mild to powerful, so be careful with the amounts!

kimshoard's picture

This is great, also made it with sweet potato instead of squash - yum!

michaelaproctor's picture

Love this recipe! So tasty and full of great flavour. I will be making it lots more :) I have marinated the chicken for about 5 hours.

cshobbs's picture

Excellent recipe - easy and tasty. I decreased the amount of squash but added a red sweet pepper and half a courgette to the vegetable mix. As recommended, I roast the veg for 20 mins before adding the chicken. I also added some cherry tomatoes near the end of cooking.

wallabyw's picture

Delicious! I did make some changes though. I added garlic cloves and lemon juice to the yoghurt and harissa. Added more potatoes, dried apricots and red capsicum to the vegies and also poured in vegetable broth to create a sauce. Served it with the Harissa Cous Cous and the family can't wait to eat it again!

ta2080's picture

Oh, and I marinated the chicken for about 5 hours before cooking.

ta2080's picture

I made this for dinner this evening and it was fab! Having read the comments section I baked the veg for 15-20 mins before adding the chicken, and like another user I used whole jar of Al'fez harissa as we love spicy food. I also added chunks of red pepper to the veg mix, it made it nice and colourful, and more importantly tasted great. I served mine with spiced mint and coriander cous cous, and yoghurt to dollop. A real winner of a recipe, and almost embarrassingly easy to make!

peter_redzimski's picture

Very nice. Easy to make too.

thecherub's picture

Really nice recipe, easy too. I marinated the chicken for longer (thanks to the tips above) and also didnt use squash as my OH hates it. I used a variety of veg I could roast instead (courgette, peppers, onion etc). Also served with cousous.

sl230l's picture

This is a firm favourite in our house. So tasty, especially given how ridiculously easy it is. Marinating the chicken for longer makes it more tender.

kerri-anneh's picture

Mmmmmm!!! Very tasty and so simple to make. Have never used harissa before but loved the flavour with the chilli kick. Will defo make this again :o)

lisabutcher35's picture

This was a great quick and easy mid week meal. So tasty too, slightly too spicy for me so I will reduce the Harissa paste next time but that is down to personal preference. I added some peppers too. This is going to become a firm favourite.

goldrush's picture

I'd never heard of harissa and neither had my dinner guests so this was a new experience for all of us! I added red and green peppers to add a bit more colour and more vegetables. Everyone loved it and it had plenty of flavour without being too spicy. I will definitely be cooking this again!!!

howler1978's picture

Would make this again, it was very easy and the onions and squash came out well

bikerbell's picture

Really nice dish. I hadn't used Harissa before, but thought it had a great flavour. After reading the comments I cooked the veg for about half an hour. Served with couscous and green salad. Will happily make again.

Dash's picture

Made it three times now and a bit of a staple. Full of flavour and only 5 ingredients. Awesome

silverdapple45's picture

Very quick to prepare and extremely tasty too, left out the butternut squash and added boiled potatoes which soaked up the juices, served with a green salad.

kirstienic's picture

Great - I love butternut squash, but the rest of the family is not too keen, but they all liked this. Result!

enosworthy's picture

My family and friends absolutelylove this recipe, i also include a red pepper deseeded and cut in to chunks. This really adds to the flavour and makes it more juicy.


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