Harissa Chicken Thighs With Shallots

Harissa Chicken Thighs With Shallots

Chicken thighs, bathed in a broth spiked with spicy, earthy harissa, are at the heart of this quick, flavorful weeknight dinner. Here, the chicken fat is smartly used to sauté shallots until just softened. (They're finished off with the chicken, melting down in the sauce.) If you don't like spicy, don't fret: A showering of fresh herbs and a good squeeze of lime nicely cuts the heat.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Season chicken thighs well with salt and pepper. In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs skin-side down and cook undisturbed until nicely browned, about 5 to 6 minutes. Flip and brown the other side, about 4 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  2. Step 2

    Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the pan and return to medium-low heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until they begin to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds more.
  3. Step 3

    Stir in harissa and cinnamon, and add back in the chicken and any residual juices. Pour in enough of the stock to come up to the chicken about halfway, and bring to a simmer. Partly cover and allow the chicken to finish cooking through, about 15 minutes more.
  4. Step 4

    Toss the chicken in the sauce until it's nicely coated. Plate and top with the cilantro and the scallions. Serve, spooning braising liquid on top and with lime wedges on the side. Finish with flaky salt, if desired.