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Harissa Paste with Chicken and Couscous Salad

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Unleash the bold flavors of North Africa in your kitchen and elevate your dishes to new heights! Perfect for marinating, dipping, or mixing into your favorite recipes, our Harissa Paste is a game changer.

Experience a world of flavor with this irresistible Harissa Paste Chicken and vibrant Couscous Salad

Harissa Paste with Chicken and Couscous Salad

an image of a bottle of Harissa Paste to be added on chicken

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South Africans love their heat so I borrowed a taste from our North African brothers with a Harissa paste that adds so much depth, color, and flavor when added to any dish.

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  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: South African


Units Scale
  • 1 cup Red Chillies (dried)
  • 23 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Lemon (juiced)
  • 1 Teaspoon Fennel
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked /Sweet Paprika
  • 56 Tablespoons Tomato Paste (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Boiling Water


  1. Toast the seeds in a frying pan on the stovetop.
  2. Allow it to cool then grind.
  3. Soak the dried chilies in boiling water for about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Drain chilies and place them in the processor along with the remaining ingredients (except the tomato paste).
  5. Process until it forms a thick paste.
  6. If the paste is too spicy, then cool it down by adding a few spoonsful of tomato paste.
  7. Store in a jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  8. Rub the paste over chicken pieces and place in the oven at 180 till fully cooked.
  9. Enjoy!!
  10. Couscous Salad
  11. Prepare couscous as per box instructions.
  12. Add your choice of salad ingredients (olives/tomatoes/spring onion/mint/coriander/cucumber etc.) Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the couscous and toss well.



  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 173
  • Sugar: 6
  • Sodium: 168
  • Fat: 14
  • Saturated Fat: 2
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 3
  • Cholesterol: 0

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Spice up your dinner with a tantalizing Harissa Chicken and refreshing Couscous Salad combo!

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Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste, the main ingredients of which are roasted red peppers, Baklouti peppers, spices, and herbs such as garlic paste, caraway seeds, coriander seeds, cumin, and olive oil to carry the oil-soluble flavors. Rose harissa, made with rose petals, is also made.

What is Harissa paste made of?

What is Harissa Paste Made Of? The ingredients for harissa paste are pretty simple- red chilies, garlic, oil, an acid (we used vinegar & lemon juice), and spices.


What does Harissa taste like?

Harissa offers a complex flavor profile with strong earthy and nutty notes in the background of its heat. It can deliver significant heat since much of its flavor comes from chili peppers.

What is Harissa paste used for?

Harissa is a fiery and garlicky North African spice paste that’s traditionally served alongside bread, stews, and couscous dishes. Recipes vary widely but it’s usually made with spices including caraway, cumin, and coriander, and sometimes herbs, like mint.

Is Harissa paste good for you?

The main health benefit of harissa is that it contains capsaicin, the compound in chilis that makes them spicy, says Martinet. Capsaicin is an antioxidant that may be able to boost your metabolism, improve heart health, and reduce cancer-causing inflammation.

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12 thoughts on “Harissa Paste with Chicken and Couscous Salad”

  1. Harissa paste is a staple in my fridge but never thought about making it myself, what a great idea! Tiny jars are very expensive, plus I’ll know what’s in it. Certainly will try this. Thank you

    • Hi Alyssa, I am so glad then you can now try this one and when you tested and made this recipe, please will you be so kind as to visit the post and give it a rating and review, please and thank you. You can also share it on Instagram and mention @_EsmeSalon or tag #shareEScare

    • Thank you so much for popping in Timi. I hope you will have a moment to try it out, and once you tested and made this recipe, please revert the post and give it a rating and review it for us. Thank you. You can also share it on Instagram and mention @_EsmeSalon or tag #shareEScare


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