20-Minute Sweet and Sour Harissa Chicken with Green Beans

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    This 20-minute sweet & sour harissa chicken and green beans is the perfect combo of flavors for your weeknight dinner!

    20 minutes is all it takes to get this flavorful and delicious meal on your dinner table!

    Happy 2016! In case your catching up and missed it this weekend, I have a new feature on the blog: Weekly Meal Plans!

    I’m sad the holiday season is over. Mainly because that means I have to go back to work and I can’t lounge at home in my PJ’s all day with my husband and pup. That is literally all we’ve been doing the past two weeks. We even got to sleep in a bit since Winston is older now. It was pure bliss staying under the warm covers until 730am. Now I’m back to waking up at 530am. It was good while it lasted! Did you all have a good holiday season?

    ALSO. You guys. Everyone is talking about it and well, so am I. Making a Murderer on Netflix. YOU MUST WATCH IT. Holy mind blowing. It is seriously the most infuriating and sickening thing to watch. It’s so corrupt. We completely binged on it this past weekend. The first couple episodes were a bit slow but as soon as you hit the third one, it gets more and more puzzling and you’re completely invested until the last episode. Gah! So good. What are your thoughts? I’m sure most of you have seen this, right?

    20 minutes is all it takes to get this flavorful and delicious meal on your dinner table!

    This 20-minute sweet and sour harissa chicken with green beans looks fire-breathing hot but it’s actually the complete opposite of that, I promise! It’s also super easy to put together and will come together in about 20 minutes! We put this over a bed of white rice but you can totally eat it as is. Either way you choose, it’ll be one flavorful dish to get on your dinner table!

    20 minutes is all it takes to get this flavorful and delicious meal on your dinner table!

    20-Minute Sweet and Sour Harissa Chicken with Green Beans

    20 minutes is all it takes to get this flavorful and delicious meal on your dinner table!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 20 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
    Calories: 318kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1/2 cup mild harissa*
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 large chicken chicken breast, diced into 1 inch cubes
    • 1/2 pound string beans, cut in half
    • Salt and pepper, to taste


    • In a medium bowl, whisk together harissa, honey, and garlic. Set aside.
    • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown chicken on both sides then add beans. Cook until chicken is cooked through and green beans are bright green yet still crisp, about 4-5 minutes.
    • Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir to incorporate and let simmer for 3 minutes.
    • Serve by itself or over a bed of white rice.


    I used mild harissa but the brand of harissa I used also comes in spicy. If you like spicy, feel free to use that instead and tailor it to your palate.
    Nutrition Facts
    20-Minute Sweet and Sour Harissa Chicken with Green Beans
    Amount Per Serving (0.5 of recipe)
    Calories 318 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 5g8%
    Carbohydrates 44g15%
    Fiber 6g24%
    Sugar 41g46%
    Protein 24g48%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • Jenny Flake says:

    This is just what I need for my healthy eating goal!! Yum!!

  • Naomi says:

    Well apparently I need to add that to my “watch” list! And this chicken recipe – fab!

  • Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet says:

    Haha, your holiday sounds exactly like mine! Sitting around the house in PJs all day with my husband watching movies and playing with our pup. So thankful for moments like these in life!! LOVING this recipe too! Your photos are awesome!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I love how quick this comes together! I’m with you on the no more sleeping in thing. Ugh. I don’t like getting up early, especially in the winter!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    Happy New Year Julie! This chicken is totally on my healthy eating list!

  • Maria says:

    A meal that comes together in 20 minutes sounds great!

  • Gaby Dalkin says:

    20 minute recipe is perfect for those crazy days! It’s hard getting back to the hustle

  • Candice says:

    Happy New Year, Julie!

    A 20 minute recipe is definitely an A+ in my book!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    What delicious flavors! Going back to work after the Christmas break was rough for me too!

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