Harissa chicken traybake

Harissa chicken traybake

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4

Everyone loves an easy traybake, this chicken dish with spicy harissa paste is roasted to perfection with garlic, potatoes and cherry tomatoes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal619
  • fat40g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein43g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 4 chicken legs



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  • 4 tbsp harissa paste (rose harissa is nice)
  • 1 garlic bulb, broken into cloves
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges



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  • 400g cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 350g new potatoes, halved if large
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  • 50g Kalamata olives, chopped
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • green salad, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Score deep lines all over the chicken legs, then rub in the harissa. Season well and place in a roasting tin. Scatter the garlic over and around the chicken. Squeeze the lemon wedges over, then place them in the tin with the cherry tomatoes, potatoes and olives. Season, drizzle over the oil and toss briefly to mix everything together.

  2. Cook in the oven for 45 mins-1 hr until the chicken is cooked through and golden. Serve with salad, if you like.

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27th Jul, 2020
Love this dish. Used boneless chicken thighs, added peppers and red onion. Par boiled the little potatoes for 5 minutes while I prepared the rest. Threw it all in roasting tin and it came out perfect.
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2nd Feb, 2020
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morgan1985uk .
6th Jan, 2019
I cook it with boneless chicken thighs
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31st May, 2018
fantastic summer dinner i throw in butternut squash red and yellow pepper a bag of pine nuts and red onions, even fussy grandad loves this its a real go to on a hot summer sunday when nobody wants to be in the kitchen just bung in the oven and go outside and have a beer
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9th May, 2018
Delicious! Made this for the first time last night and me and my husband thought it was gorgeous. Stuck pretty much to the recipe, just added some extra peppers, left out the olives as I didn’t have any. Cooked for a good hour and the thighs I used were succulent and very tasty. Cut the Charlotte potatoes up as per recommendations and all cooked beautifully.
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Sarah Louise
10th Mar, 2018
This has become a dinner party favourite of mine - chuck it all in one dish and bake! It means you're not stuck in the kitchen and there's not a tonne of washing up to do at the end of the night. Made a mini portion without olives for one person which went down well. Didn't have any issues with the potatoes - used baby new potatoes and they cooked perfectly in the time given.
22nd Sep, 2017
Not a favourite I'm afraid, but smelt great in the oven. Like the other reviews I cut the potatoes into small cubes but I think if there is a next time I would slice them 5mm thin like Dauphinoise potatoes. I crushed with the side of a knife the garlic cloves but they were still quite large and a bitter mouthful. Next time I would use finely chopped garlic and stir the it in with the veg and oil. Added some yellow pepper which worked well. The olives worked well too which surprised me.
30th Jan, 2017
Really tasty, very easy and all in one pot so not much washing up. I halved the recipe to make for 2 people, but other than that stuck to the instructions. After reading comments from others, I cut the potatoes into roughly 2cm chunks and they cooked well. Served with green beans rather than salad (it's January). Will make this again.
Catie Norris
17th Jan, 2017
I used little baby new potatoes, some were about the size of grapes and the large ones were only a teeny bit bigger, but after an hour and and 10 minutes at 200 degrees fan they were still too crunchy to enjoy. Luckily I haven't put the chicken in for long so that hadnt turned to stone, but would defo recommend putting the tatties in before the chicken!
28th Nov, 2016
Added a thickly sliced yellow pepper. Did the potatoes separately! Great easy dish.


23rd Mar, 2016
why has this been the editors choice for three days ,does he love it that much?
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