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This coconut harissa curry braised chicken has the most amazing flavor trifecta! The perfect paleo dinner option to keep on your menu! Best of all? It's one-pot!

This coconut harissa curry braised chicken has the most amazing flavor trifecta! The perfect paleo dinner option to keep on your menu! Best of all? It's one-pot!

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This coconut harissa curry braised chicken has the most amazing flavor trifecta! The perfect paleo dinner option to keep on your menu! Best of all? It's one-pot!

This coconut harissa curry braised chicken was dreamed up during my paleo challenge. And I think it was one of the best recipes I came up with while on the paleo challenge. I loved all the flavors and it worked SO well together. I was hesitant to combine harissa, curry, and coconut milk together but oh my gosh, it could not have worked out better. You will absolutely love this and best of all, it’s made in ONE-POT!! Holla!

This coconut harissa curry braised chicken has the most amazing flavor trifecta! The perfect paleo dinner option to keep on your menu! Best of all? It's one-pot!

This coconut harissa curry braised chicken has the most amazing flavor trifecta! The perfect paleo dinner option to keep on your menu! Best of all? It's one-pot!

Coconut Harissa Curry Braised Chicken

This coconut harissa curry braised chicken has the most amazing flavor trifecta! Best of all? It's one-pot!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups diced yellow onions
  • 1 ¼ cup diced butternut squash
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • cup mild harissa, this is the one I used
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder, this is my favorite - way more potent than what you typically get at the grocery store
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 cups kale leaves

Instructions

  • In a large heavy-bottom pot (such as a Dutch-oven), drizzle olive oil to the bottom of the pot and put it over high heat.
  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides and add to the hot oil, skin-side down. You'll want to just brown the outside of the chicken, about 2 minutes each side. Remove from pan and place on a plate and set aside.
  • Turn heat down to medium-high and add garlic and onions. Cook until fragrant and translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Next, add the butternut squash and carrots. Cook until halfway cooked through, about 7-8 minutes. Add the harissa, curry powder, coconut milk, and more salt and pepper (to taste). Stir to incorporate. Add the chicken back in, bring mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook until chicken has fully cooked through, about 15 minutes, or longer depending on how thick your chicken thighs are.
  • At the very end, stir in the kale leaves. If your mixture seems too thick, you can thin it out with chicken broth.

Notes

You can use whatever harissa you like, however, I highly encourage you to use the one I used because that is what the recipe was tested with. I know some harissas are generally a lot spicier and thicker. You can choose the harissa spice-level that you prefer.
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Harissa Curry Braised Chicken
Serving Size
 
1 bowl
Amount per Serving
Calories
449
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
25
g
38
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
35
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
142
mg
47
%
Sodium
 
760
mg
32
%
Potassium
 
1013
mg
29
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
6
g
24
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
28
g
56
%
Vitamin A
 
13770
IU
275
%
Vitamin C
 
65
mg
79
%
Calcium
 
125
mg
13
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 bowl | Calories: 449 kcal | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Protein: 28 g | Fat: 25 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 142 mg | Sodium: 760 mg | Potassium: 1013 mg | Fiber: 6 g | Sugar: 11 g | Vitamin A: 13770 IU | Vitamin C: 65 mg | Calcium: 125 mg | Iron: 3 mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: one pot meal, one pot recipes

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Lindsay

Sunday 20th of September 2015

Hi there, I've never used harissa before and am wondering about the link you provided. In the recipe, you say to use mild harissa, but the link is actually for spicy harissa (though it appears that brand, Mina, does have mild available). I just don't want to buy the wrong thing and be overwhelmed with spice! Is the link still correct (spicy Mina brand harissa)?

Julie

Sunday 20th of September 2015

Hi, thanks for checking! I used the mild one; I must've linked it wrong since the red packaging looks the same :) here is the correct one: http://goo.gl/gO0yFp

Erin

Saturday 1st of August 2015

Hi, all i can find for the harissa is the spice mix. I can't seem to find a sauce like you used anywhere. How do i incorporate the spice rather then a sauce to make it the same? Thanks

Julie

Saturday 1st of August 2015

Hi, it's on Amazon. I linked it up in the recipe. Could you order it from there? I really don't know how you'd incorporate your spicy harissa into this recipe and achieve the same results because spicy harissa is SUPER spicy. I feel like even telling you to use 2 teaspoons of it would yield a dish you cannot eat and the flavor would likely be different.

Sommer @aspicyperspective

Monday 20th of July 2015

This looks and sounds completely amazing! Yum!

Candice

Thursday 16th of July 2015

Hi Julie,

I don't have thighs. Can I substitute with drumsticks? Also, if I'm making it for 5 people, do I just dbl the recipe?

Thanks!

Julie

Friday 17th of July 2015

Sure, you can substitute with drumsticks. Yes, you can double the recipe. You may have some leftovers, though.

Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

Wednesday 15th of July 2015

Can't beat one-pot meals! This looks delicious. Can't wait to try it!