Creamy Harissa Chicken Cutlets


These spicy chicken cutlets are already wicked fast to make but to shave off even more time, skip cleaning and slicing whole kale leaves and stir in a bag of chopped kale instead. (You may just need to cook it a couple minutes longer.)

Creamy Harissa Chicken Cutlets
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 4 chicken cutlets (about 1 pound)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons harissa sauce or paste (see Tip)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 4 cups thinly sliced kale


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165°F, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add harissa and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the liquid has mostly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and stir in cream, any accumulated juices from the chicken and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in kale. Return the chicken to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce.


Harissa is a fiery North African condiment made with roasted chile peppers. Find it in well-stocked grocery stores or online at retailers like The Spice House. Brands vary widely in terms of heat—so add a little at a time and taste as you go to achieve the level of kick that's right for you.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

298 Calories
18g Fat
5g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 298
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Vitamin A 2056IU 41%
Sodium 261mg 11%
Potassium 328mg 7%

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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