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Grilled Harissa Chicken Breast Recipe

Grilled Harissa Chicken Breast is the ideal flavourful recipe to throw on the grill this weekend! Step by step healthy recipe with delicious flavours!harissa chicken

Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Ahh spring is here and while it might be raining as I put this recipe together I still am dreaming of blooming flowers, family barbeques and more. I got a jump start to get myself in the grilling mood with a tasty and easy grilled harissa chicken recipe. Now you might be wondering what is harissa? It's a Moroccan spice blend that can be in powder, sauce or paste form made from chili peppers, paprika, and olive oil.harissa spiceFor this recipe, I've used it as part of a rub and added some of my own spices as well. It's a spicy hot dish so if you don't want as spicy you will have to tone down the amount of the rub and the harissa itself. Some like it hot though and I'm one of them. The flavours are simply amazing. You can get a harissa blend on Amazon. I used a Whole Foods one that I got on Amazon.harissa chicken

In addition to utilizing some amazing spices we always buy and eat chicken raised by a Canadian chicken farmer. It's a healthy choice is that it’s grain-fed, free of added hormones and steroids, and raised right here in Canada according to nationally-set, high food safety and animal care standards.

  • There is a mandatory, robust, third- party-audited Animal Care Program that is administered across all Canadian chicken farms.
  • Canadian chicken farmers adhere to a strict mandatory On-Farm Food Safety Program.
  • Canadian chicken farmers are committed to sustainability through innovation, by preserving the health of the land, providing value to Canada’s economy, & making affordable food for Canadians.

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Now let's get to this tasty and easy grilled harissa chicken recipe shall we?

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Grilled Harissa Chicken Breast Recipe

harissa chicken

Grilled Harissa Chicken Breast is the ideal flavourful recipe to throw on the grill this weekend! Step by step healthy recipe with delicious flavours!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Inactive Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon Harissa spice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast


  1. Prep a grill to medium-high heat and brush grates with oil.
  2. In a small bowl, add all the spices and carefully whisk to thoroughly combine.
  3. Place chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until even in thickness.
  4. Coat each breast with a thick layer of Harissa rub, then place on the grill, evenly spaced, and cook for 4 minutes per side, or until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees.
  5. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.


Serve on rice or for an even tastier treat, coconut rice like the recipe we have with our Jerk Chicken and Mango Avocado Salsa Recipe. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 398Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 259mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 71g

Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

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Now doesn't this grilled harissa chicken sound oh so delicious?! It's bound to be popular with those who like it spicy and the flavours are just out of this world in my opinion. Don't forget it pairs nicely and helps tone the spiciness with our coconut rice that you can find on our Jerk Chicken with Mango and Avocado Salsa Recipe.

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I was surprised that this harissa chicken was so easy and quick to make it's already become a family favourite. I do have to add less harissa for my husband and daughter as they don't like it quite as spicy. That's the nice thing about a rub you can add as little or as much as you want. I add the harissa last so that I can separate it and have some with a little less for hubby and my daughter and the rest of the harissa spiciness is for me.

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Don't forget to PIN this easy grilled harissa chicken recipe so you have it on hand come grilling season time or if you can't wait like me for right now!

If you try our harissa chicken recipe let us know how you liked it! One last photo to leave you drooling.

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By on April 10th, 2019

About Powered by Mom

I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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34 thoughts on “Grilled Harissa Chicken Breast Recipe”

  1. I just came across your recipe and I have everything in the house, even some harissa that I just purchased last week. We are having my cousin and her husband over for dinner tomorrow so I'm going to BBQ chicken breast using your recipe. It sounds delicious and your photos look yum.

  2. This chicken looks so mouthwatering!! I just bought some Harissa last week it was on sale and had never tried it. So I will be making this chicken only NOT as hot as you!

  3. I was glad to see you explained what harissa was, because i had no idea. Now I'd like to try it. i like spicy food, I like to grill and I'm always looking for new ways to make chicken...

  4. This does sure look good. I've not yet tried harissa, it sounds like something we'd like. I haven't been as adventurous since I assumed I'd love saffron, seeing how people rave about it, and made an expensive recipe nobody would eat. This harissa doesn't have anything too spooky, I'd like to try it!

  5. Wow, these look so yummy. I have never tried harissa spice before but I'm definitely going to give it a try. I just bought a bag of chicken breast and now I know how to cook them.

  6. I've not made chicken with a rub like this but looking forward to trying it. I think my family will enjoy the different spices on it so i did pin it so will try it soon.

  7. This looks like a tasty rub for grilling. I would have to tone down the spices for myself but the rest of my family would want it at full spice.

  8. Thank you so much! I actually have all of these ingredients in stock already and I will be making this tomorrow night for dinner! This looks delicious!!!!

  9. Yum! This recipe sounds so flavorful and delicious! I am definitely going to make this soon, thank you so much for sharing the recipe! 🙂


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