Roast Chicken with Harissa and Couscous Recipe

Roast Chicken with Harissa and Couscous Recipe

How To Make Roast Chicken with Harissa and Couscous

Roast chicken gets a deeper and more complex flavor with the addition of harissa. Serve this up with couscous to make one complete meal.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes



  • 4wholechicken legs
  • ¼cupharissa sauce
  • 1tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1pkgcouscous
  • 1tbsppowdered sumac,(see Tips & Techniques)
  • 4sprigfresh cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Run your finger under skin of 1 chicken leg to separate skin from meat without tearing. Spread 1 teaspoon harissa underneath skin.

  2. Move skin back to cover, and spread half teaspoon harissa on top. Repeat process with remaining pieces; spread any remaining harissa on the top and bottom surface of each leg.

  3. Coat the bottom of an ovenproof pan with oil. Place chicken in pan and season with salt and pepper. Bake in oven until crispy. This will take about 90 minutes.

  4. About 15 minutes before legs are done, prepare couscous following package directions. Spoon couscous on a platter, arrange legs on top, dust with sumac, sprinkle cilantro, and serve immediately.


  • Calories: 980.38kcal
  • Fat: 58.96g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.62g
  • Trans Fat: 0.21g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 25.39g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.16g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.68g
  • Fiber: 3.55g
  • Sugar: 0.55g
  • Protein: 63.69g
  • Cholesterol: 319.92mg
  • Sodium: 980.32mg
  • Calcium: 54.80mg
  • Potassium: 929.62mg
  • Iron: 3.32mg
  • Vitamin A: 135.24µg
  • Vitamin C: 6.89mg
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