Coconut Harissa Curry Braised Chicken

  • As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

    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!

    We went and saw the new Disney Pixar movie, Inside Out, this weekend and we absolutely loved it. It was adorable and hilarious. There were many times throughout the movie, I’d look over at Jason and he’d be laughing so hard. They really hit the nail on the head with this movie. It appealed to both children and adults and that’s really rare! The “feelings” in the movie were spot on too. I now can’t stop thinking about how if my brain functions that way :) and of course, Pixar just had to do it. They made me cry like a baby in the film. There is always that one moment in their movies that gets to me. All in all, definitely a great movie to go see!

    I also went and got my headshots re-taken by a very talented photographer, whom I’m lucky to call my friend, Anna Grace. My other good friend who just so happens to live down the street from me (literally a 30 second drive) let us borrow her ridiculously amazing all-white kitchen with a HUGE marble island. Oh my god. You guys have to look at this kitchen. Dream kitchen, right? Here’s a sneak peek of the photos Anna Grace got from our shoot. I’m on the edge of my seat. I cannot WAIT to see all of them. I think the hardest part will be to decide which ones I want to use! I honestly will probably do a blog post on them because why not? Maybe you can help me choose ;)

    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!


    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 (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 -3
    Author: Julie Chiou
    5 Hassle-Free Ways to Simplify MealtimeSign up here for all the secrets!


    • 4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
    • Olive oil
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 cups diced yellow onions
    • 1 1/4 cup diced butternut squash
    • 1 cup diced carrots
    • 2/3 cup mild harissa, this is the one I used
    • 1/2 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


    • 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.


    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
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 593 Calories from Fat 369
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 41g63%
    Carbohydrates 28g9%
    Fiber 8g32%
    Sugar 10g11%
    Protein 28g56%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

    There are affiliate links within this post.

    Julie Wampler of Table for Two
    Meet The Author: Julie Chiou
    Dinner for Two Cookbook
    Order My Cookbook!

    Dinner for Two

    Leave a Comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating


  • YUM Someone get me a fork stat before I dive in headfirst!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    This chicken sounds amazing! I’m always looking for fun new ways to change up otherwise ordinary food :) And I can’t wait to see all of the pictures!!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    We SO want to see that movie! I am glad to hear it was as good as it looks!
    On that train of thought, this chicken looks BOMB. Harissa, coconut and curry are my jam, so this is totally dinner! Pinning!
    P.s Great photos!!

  • Heather Christo says:

    My kids cannot wait to see that movie! I can’t wait to eat this chicken!!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Oh yah, this looks amazing Julie! Mmm!

  • Kat says:

    Looks fab! (The movie and the dish!) Do you think I can use zucchini instead of Butternut Squash? Not a big fan and have tons of Zucchini in my garden. I’m thinking I would add it when I add the chicken back so it doesn’t get too overcooked. Thoughts?

    • Julie says:

      Absolutely! Great substitute :)

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    You had me at Harissa! :)

  • OOO can’t wait to see your new pics! And I heart harissa. This sounds sassy, spicy, and oh so tasty!

  • Naomi says:

    Okay, you’ve convinced me I need to see lithe Disney movie! And this dish/-this dish-yesssss!!!!

  • dixya | food, pleasure, and health says:

    im convinced that i need to see this movie..and this curry chicken, so much deliciousness in one pot. i will have to give it a try sometime soon.

  • Katalina @ Peas and Peonies says:

    I love savory recipes that use coconut, I made a chicken thai curry this weekend which was delicious, but I must try your, it looks amazing!

  • marla says:

    Great flavors in this chicken Julie!!!

  • Maria says:

    One pot meals are the best!

  • Gaby says:

    I saw that movie this weekend too, so cute!! Looks delish!!

  • Ford Cornell says:

    My family hates thighs; I love them. Woe is me! Must I use boneless skinless? What about skin on bone in? This looks so delcious! I also liked the butternut squash substitute!! Thanks.

    • Julie says:

      The recipe doesn’t say boneless skinless at says exactly what you want to use: skin on, bone in.

  • Sarah | Broma Bakery says:

    THAT KITCHEN OMG. Yeah so I want a whole blog post of Julie headshots. Bring em on!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    So glad to hear you enjoyed the movie, it sounds awesome!. Love this one pot meal! It looks so comforting and delicious! The harissa sounds fantastic in here!

  • Elizabeth | the bare midriff says:

    I love this recipe! Spicy harissa, cool coconut – I’m sure it’ll be amazing!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    I really want to see Inside Out – I’m so glad you liked it, too. And I am so liking what I see in this curry, too.

  • Jill @ Champagne for Everyday says:

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

  • Candice says:

    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?


    • Julie says:

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

      • Candice says:

        Hi Julie,

        After having this recipe pinned for 5 months, I finally made it over the weekend. It was a success!!! ^_^ Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. Everyone LOVED it!

        I did make some modifications by using boneless thighs and doubling the recipe. Also, your original link was for the spicy harissa sauce, which I couldn’t find. I found the mild harissa at Walmart and just added chili peppers to kick it up a notch. However, in reading some of the recent comments, it looks like you were intending to use the mild harissa.

        • Julie says:

          Yay! So glad you enjoyed this! I originally linked the spicy which was wrong on my part. Glad you found the mild and adjusted to your own taste!

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

    This looks and sounds completely amazing! Yum!

  • Erin says:

    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 says:

      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.

      • leila says:

        Is it possible to use boneless skinless chicken breasts. Just got a good deal on them

        • Julie says:

          Yup, you can. Just keep in mind depending on the thickness of your breasts, you may need to reduce or increase cooking time.

  • Lindsay says:

    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 says:

      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:

  • 5 Hassle-Free Ways to Simplify Mealtime