In this dish the harissa is mixed with butter, honey and lemon and placed under the chicken thigh skin and over the top of the chicken. The thighs are roasted in the oven till cooked and succulent. The chicken is served with a pilaf of rice, onions, olives, cherry tomatoes, pistachios and pomegranate. The pilaf is flavoured with cumin, coriander , garlic and balsamic vinegar.
Harissa is the main flavouring for this dish. Harissa was originally a north African chilli pepper paste, it is made from roasted red peppers , spices and herbs. The typical spices found in harissa are caraway seeds, coriander seeds, and cumin. Harissa is now used throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
Harissa spice mix and chicken perfectly compliment each other, the star of the recipe is the addition of the honey and lemon to the harissa makes a deliciously sticky sauce for the chicken.
This dish is perfect in winter or summer We serve this mouth watering sticky chicken with the a tomato, olive and pistachio pilaf for a quick evening meal serve it with
This recipe is idea to for a middle eastern dinner party main course, in the winter serve it with a rice pilaf and in the summer serve with a Asian type coleslaw with a vinaigrette dressing.