Honey-Harissa Chicken Thighs

Harissa, a hot chile pepper paste that hails from northern Africa, adds tons of flavor and shines when it's combined with honey to make a sweet coating slathered on chicken thighs. Serve with brown rice and roasted carrots.

Honey-Harissa Chicken Thighs
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (1 ¾ pounds), skin removed

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 3 tablespoons harissa paste

  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar

  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Place chicken thighs on the prepared baking sheet; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, combine harissa, honey, vinegar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. After the chicken has roasted for 20 minutes, brush the harissa mixture over the thighs. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F, about 10 minutes more. Sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

242 Calories
10g Fat
7g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Vitamin A 37IU 1%
Sodium 478mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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