Grilled Harissa Chicken Thighs

These spicy grilled harissa chicken thighs are rich and saucy. The marinade adds bright flavor, thanks to lemon juice, and reserving some of the marinade to slather on the chicken after it cooks gives it a flavorful finish.

grilled harrisa chicken thighs
Photo: Crystal Hughes
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons harissa paste

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 4 (4 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Sliced scallions for garnish


  1. Whisk harissa, lemon juice, oil, paprika and garlic powder together in a medium bowl. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the mixture to a small bowl and refrigerate. Add chicken to the remaining mixture in the bowl and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

  2. When ready to cook, preheat grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.) Oil the grill rack by holding an oil-dipped paper towel with tongs (or oil the pan). Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard the marinade). Grill the chicken, covered and flipping once, until well browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 8 to 10 minutes. Brush the reserved sauce over both sides of the chicken; transfer the chicken to a clean plate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Garnish with scallions, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

210 Calories
12g Fat
2g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 4 oz.
Calories 210
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Vitamin A 312IU 6%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Vitamin K 4mcg 3%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 28mg 7%
Potassium 302mg 6%
Zinc 2mg 18%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

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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