Harissa Chicken over Fluffy Couscous + Pomegranate + Yogurt

Dinner, Fall, Healthy

I’m currently getting all prepped to go to Italy on Tuesday and I’m so excited. Josh has psychotically made maps, coursing our tentative eating schedule. The past few weeks I’ve been purposefully eating on the healthier side so that I could save myself for loads and loads of pasta. I think it has been a wise decision.

One of the health-ish meals I’ve been making is this one-pan harissa chicken dish. It is SO delicious and Israeli couscous are my new favorite thing. They have such delicious toothsome texture.

For this recipe and post, I’m super excited to partner with GreenPan and their healthy, ceramic, non-stick pans. They are so gorgeous in person (the bronze is super pretty) and I love that they’re safe to cook with and super easy to clean.

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The surface of the pan was ideal for searing this chicken and getting a super crispy skin and crust on it. And I didn’t have to use a ton of oil (also a plus) so the meal is pretty light.

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Lately, I have been living my life for anything one-pan/one-pot. I’ve been craving ease and I think you have too because anything I make that can be made in one vessel, you guys have made over and over, which of course makes me so pumped.

This recipe begins with cooking the thighs and drumsticks for a good amount of time. This is pretty hands off and allows you time to prep everything else that’s in the dish. Then you just set aside the chicken after it’s mostly cooked and sear the eggplant. And cook the onions and garlic and harissa and spices.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s full of flavor. And whenever I cook healthy-ish foods, I need them to have spice, flavor and spices. This dish has so many things I love.

Harissa Chicken over Fluffy Couscous + Pomegranate + Yogurt

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Serving Size: 4 TO 6


Harissa Chicken:

  • 2 bone-in chicken thighs 
  • 2 bone-in chicken drumsticks
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper  
  • 2 teaspoons oil 
  • 1/2 small eggplant, sliced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 
  • 3 tablespoons harissa 
  • 2 cups Israeli couscous 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water or chicken broth 

Things for garnish:

  • 1 lemon, sliced in half and grilled, as garnish 
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt, as garnish
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds, as garnish 
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley, as garnish


  • This first step of cooking the chicken takes a bit of time (around 30 minutes) so I used this time to prep the rest of the dish. It worked out splendidly! 
  • Sprinkle both sides of the chicken thighs and drumsticks with a few pinches of salt and a few turns of freshly ground pepper. To a large nonstick GreenPan, set over medium-high heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, swirl it around a bit and then add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the skin is golden brown. Flip and cook on the opposite side for an additional 15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the pieces of eggplant and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Add the eggplant to the plate with the par-cooked chicken.
  • Turn the flame down to medium-low and add the shallot, garlic, spices and salt. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the shallot is translucent. Add the harissa, splash of water and mix until the harissa is combined with the water and spices. Add the couscous and mix until the couscous is covered and coated in the spice mixture, about 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Nestle the chicken into the couscous and add the eggplant around the chicken. Pour the water or chicken broth (for the record, I used water and it was delicious!) in different spots hitting the couscous. Bring the flame to medium-high heat and simmer the couscous mixture for about 10 to 12 minutes. You’ll notice that the water should be mostly evaporated. Give the couscous a try and if it needs a bit more time, keep it on the stove for an additional 2 to 3 more minutes. 
  • While it’s cooking, prepare the garnishes. I grilled some lemon over my gas stove. I squeezed a bit of lemon juice and stirred in a splash of water to the yogurt and whisked it together to thin it out. And I chopped up some Italian parsley. 
  • Remove the harissa chicken dish from the heat and squeeze the grilled lemon over the chicken and couscous. Drizzle with the yogurt, sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds and Italian parsley. Serve immediately. 
  • This dish is delicious as leftovers and is good for up to 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. 
Serving: 4g
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  • Reply Carol January 10, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    5 stars
    Loved this!! I added chickpeas for more texture. I also left the pan on the gas a tad longer which made the couscous lovely and crunchy on the bottom…

    I LOVE your website

  • Reply Carol Carbone January 10, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    5 stars
    Loved this!! I added chickpeas for more texture. I also left the pan on the gas a tad longer which made the couscous lovely and crunchy on the bottom…

    I LOVE your website

  • Reply Jade January 8, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Hi! Isnt’t 30 min a really long time to sear the chicken? Normally it takes me 10 min total to sear chicken thighs. Am I missing something?

  • Reply Kristine November 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    This recipe looks so very delicious, but how can it feed up to 6 people when you use only 4 pieces of chicken?

  • Reply Nathalie September 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Any suggestions for a couscous replacement?

  • Reply Lily | Kale & Caramel September 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Yusssss!! Gimme all the harissa. And omg I’m so excited for your Italy adventures. We need to talk itinerary, stat.

  • Reply Jessie Snyder September 15, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    This is so pretty Adrianna! I love those pomegranate jewels.