Quick Roasted Juicy Harissa Chicken Thighs

a bowl with a chicken thigh, hummus, and salad

Learn how to make these quick roasted juicy harissa chicken thighs, using either bone in or boneless meat. They're super tender and make a delicious entree for a meal when paired with salad, hummus, roasted veggies, rice or couscous.

  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: North African
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1/4 cup harissa paste (can also be store bought)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice + 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, grated (depends on how much you love garlic & the size of your cloves)
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs, about 6-8 thighs (can be boneless or bone in)
  • Optional: additional harissa, lemon slices & fresh herbs to garnish


  1. Make the harissa rub. In a large bowl combine harissa, olive oil, lemon juice & zest, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, & garlic. Mix well.
  2. Prep the oven & chicken. Preheat your oven to 400° F/205° C. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels before adding to the bowl with the harissa mix and rubbing to coat the chicken all over.
  3. Roast. Cook the chicken for 40 minutes, or until cooked through (it should reach an internal temperature of 165° F / 74° C). The time this takes will vary depending on if you're using boneless or bone in thighs.
  4. Serve. Let the chicken rest for at least 5 minutes before serving with a squeeze of additional harissa, lemon juice & fresh herbs.


Keywords: harissa chicken, harissa chicken thighs