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Harissa-Yogurt Baked Chicken Thighs

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Harissa pastes vary in heat level. Taste some of the harissa-yogurt sauce before putting it on the chicken, and adjust the amount of harissa paste to your liking.


  • 1-1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 to 2 Tbs. harissa paste
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 250
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 110
  • Fat (g): 12
  • Saturated Fat (g): 5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 160
  • Sodium (mg): 320
  • Carbohydrates (g): 2
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Sugar (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 31


  • Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and heat to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a rack over it. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, and put them on the rack, smoother side up.
  • In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, and pepper to taste. Add the harissa to taste, and stir to combine. Spoon the yogurt mixture over the chicken. Bake until the chicken is cooked through (165°F), about 20 minutes. Heat the broiler on medium, and broil until the yogurt sauce is just starting to blacken in spots, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the mint before serving.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Jambo | 10/08/2021

    A spicy, delicious, and very easy dinner. I had regular (not Greek) yogurt in the fridge, so I used that. I amped-up the lemon juice in the sauce to about 2.5 Tbs. The mint is an absolute must in this dish, as it balances the tart and heat in the sauce. Delicious!

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    Maya_B | 03/30/2017

    This was SUPER simple and delicious! Will def be a weeknight standard. I used fat free yogurt but it still tasted great since the harissa spice is so rich. The yogurt keeps the thighs nice and moist.

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    hanseata | 03/16/2017

    We had this together with the Roasted Chickpea Salad with Avocado and Feta. An easy, not too time-comsuming and VERY tasty dinner! Quite spicy - I used 3/4 Tbs. harissa paste and that packed enough heat for us. I will make this definitely again!

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