Baked Harissa Chicken and Shrimp

baked harissa chicken

baked harissa chicken

Ok I admit it. I AM obsessed with harissa spices. I love having a spice mixture that slowly builds up heat. You can use a little for a mild spice or a lot for a spicy flavor that slowly warms your palate. Baked harissa chicken was definitely at the top of my to do list. I wanted to try something that would work with the Whole 30 plan or just if you need something fast and healthy! This chicken and shrimp is baked with lots of harissa seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper!

baked harissa chicken

I needed something that could be thrown together fast after a long day at work. I dropped a little coconut oil on a sheet pan and spread out some chicken breast, cauliflower, and halved potatoes. After liberally seasoning everything I baked for 20 minutes. You are going to see the chicken start to have this gorgeous deep red crust and the cauliflower will start to brown. Flip everything over and season again. Add shrimp and season with a little salt and pepper.

baked harissa chicken

One thing you are going to want to do is add a little moisture to the sheet around the half way point. I completely forgot to do this and a few of my chicken pieces dried out. You can drizzle on a little chicken stock, olive oil, coconut oil, even water just make sure you add it to the chicken before your first flip.

Baked Harissa Chicken and Shrimp
Recipe type: Whole 30, Chicken
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Serves: 2-3
 
Baked harissa chicken and shrimp with lots of veggies.
Ingredients
  • ½ pound of chicken breast, cubed
  • ½ pound of large raw shrimp, shells removed
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of harissa seasoning
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup of chicken stock or water
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 2 cups of cauliflower
  • 2 small potatoes
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease the a large sheet pan with coconut oil.
  3. Spread out the chicken cubes and cauliflower.
  4. Season with half of the harissa and paprika.
  5. Salt and pepper.
  6. Halve the 2 potatoes and place them flat side down on the sheet.*
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Drizzle water or stock over the chicken pieces.
  9. Flip everything over and season with remaining harissa and paprika.
  10. Salt and pepper.
  11. Now add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper.
  12. Bake for another 10-15 minutes. Or until chicken reaches 160 degrees.
  13. Once everything rests your chicken should come up to 165 degrees.
  14. Sprinkle with lemon halves.
  15. * I Microwaved my potatoes for 5 minutes before cutting in half to make the cook time a little faster.

baked shrimp

This is definitely one of my new favorite meals. I started with a bowl of mixed greens and added my chicken, shrimp, and veggies then squeezed a little more lemon on top. Sriracha is also a delicious topper!

Are you trying to eat healthier this year? If so what are some of your favorite recipes???

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Harissa Chicken Sandwiches

harissa chicken sandwiches

harissa chicken sandwich

You may have noticed the trend in fried chicken on my blog. For some reason I always try and find the next bigger better fried chicken. (fun fact I also do this with chocolate chip cookies) This sandwich might be the one though. So much flavor and easy to adjust to your personal heat levels. The harissa spices bring a really nice warmth to the breading without being to spicy or salty.  I picked up my harissa seasoning from World Market. I prefer the dry mix because you can add olive oil to the spices to make a paste or leave it dry.

harissa chicken

The secret to exceptionally juicy fried chicken is using chicken thighs. I like to soak them in buttermilk before dipping them into the egg batter. They are almost melt in your mouth tender with a perfect crunchy crust. The real star of the show is the honey harissa mayo spread. It brings a really nice sweet heat that pairs well with some tangy dill pickles.

harissa chicken

Harissa Chicken Sandwiches
Recipe type: Sanwiches
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Serves: 4
 
Fried chicken sandwiches with a harissa crust and sweet harissa mayo.
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of milk or buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of AP flour
  • 1 cup of panko crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of harissa spice
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • potato buns
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • dill pickles
  • ½ cup of mayo
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of harissa spice
  • oil for frying
Instructions
  1. soak the chicken thighs in the milk while preparing the oil
  2. In a deep frying pan heat oil to 350 degrees. (I used canola oil)
  3. Prepare two bowls- one with the eggs beaten and the second with the flour, panko, garlic and harissa
  4. Dip the chicken into the egg then into the flour mix
  5. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Fry in the oil until up to temperature. I usually cook to 160 degrees then let rest until 165
  7. While the chicken is resting mix the mayo, remaining harissa spice and honey.
  8. Toast the buns lightly and spread with the mayo.
  9. Add the pickles and chicken then top with lettuce and tomato.

You can definitely add more or less of the harissa before frying. I usually love my food extra spicy, but these are just perfect with a tiny pinch of heat. Don’t forget the potato buns! They are so soft and just soak up all the juices from the chicken.

I hope you enjoy!

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