Harissa chicken traybake

Harissa chicken traybake

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(41 ratings)

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 breasts, slashed
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into long wedges
  • 2 red onions, 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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26th Feb, 2015
I seem to be alone here with my disappointment. Yes the Harissa makes a nice marinade but the chicken breast looks naked on the plate; there is no sauce so can't imagine eating this with rice. Instead of extra yoghurt on the side, I felt that a creamy tomato sauce made with harissa would be a nice accompaniment..resembling Indian sauces.
26th Jan, 2015
My three teenagers asked if we could have it again! Made my own Harissa paste using a jar of roasted red peppers,drained,chilli flakes,garlic granules,cumin,coriander,tomato paste, salt,pepper and olive oil. Whizzed them together,it was a similar price but made twice as much. Cooked a tray of potatoes separate,but put the chicken in with the roasted veg. Loved it.
31st Oct, 2014
This was lovely and so easy. I used sweet potato rather than squash, which worked really well. I definitely want to make this again.
18th Sep, 2014
This is still a great recipe. This time I added par- boiled potatoes to the veg mix - a meal in just one tray!
3rd May, 2014
My husband and I love this dish. It was so easy to prepare and the chicken was lovely and moist. We added some peppers and red onion aswell. One of our favourites!
6th Apr, 2014
Really gorgeous! the yoghurt kept the chicken nice and moist, i add lots of extra flavours to like ginger and garlic and fresh herbs i had in the fridge and it tasted lovely!
16th Mar, 2014
Used a few different veg (Onion, Red Onion, Red Pepper and Mushroom), and used Quinoa instead of cous cous, but proved quite a success, especially considering how quick and easy it is - definitely a recipe to be re-used!
13th Mar, 2014
The roasted squash is devine and the yoghurt makes the chicken really tender, an amazing way to cook chicken quickly but keep it soft and succulent. I added some garlic and ginger to the yoghurt came out delish.
12th Jan, 2014
Loved it....so easy and tasty! Used a few different bits of veg and low fat creme frieche instead of yoghurt as that's all I had in fridge - worked just as good I think.
6th Sep, 2013
Love this recipe! Delicious and easy to prepare.


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