Chicken quarters rubbed with a deep flavored chili sauce called Harissa brings a new flavor to your grill. For anyone who likes a bit of heat, this grilled chicken is the hot ticket. The perfect dish to serve your adventurous friends at your next backyard BBQ.
We enjoyed the spicy harissa chicken with some warmed naan bread, cucumber riata (to cool the heat), and a chickpea and couscous salad. What an exciting combination of flavors, and so easy to do. Next time you are looking for something a bit different to serve at a backyard barbecue, I hope you will give this a try. You and your guests will be astonished at the deep, rich, flavor of this tender chicken.
- 4 chicken quarters
- 1 cup harissa
Rub chicken with harissa paste, covering all surfaces.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 hours.
Heat grill on high. Turn off one half of the grill.
On the side with no heat, place the chicken on a wire rack over a pan with about on inch of water in the bottom (indirect method).
Close the lid, and cook for about 40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° F. (Cooking time will vary drastically depending on your cut of chicken. I used quarters which took about 50 minutes).
Allow chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Chicken thighs or breast work equally as well for this dish. I highly recommend wearing gloves when working with Harissa.
Peppers, garlic, and spices are used to create an amazingly deep flavored chili sauce called harissa.
- 10-12 dried red chili peppers
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground caraway seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
Soak the dried chilies in hot water for 30 – 45 minutes. Drain. Remove stems and seeds (I kept about half of the seeds to add heat).
Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree.
Store harissa in the refrigerator in a tightly closed jar.
I find it very helpful to wear gloves when handling hot peppers.