Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes.
So excited about this Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes.
I know it is only Wednesday, but this week has already flown by. I hit the ground running on Monday with meeting after meeting and it was the best way to start my week. It’s odd, some weeks can be full of meetings (either on the phone, or if traveling, in person) while other weeks are full of testing and photographing recipes in the kitchen and talking to almost no one accept the people I work super closely with. So my mom, my brother, and my dad, aka the family. Both scenarios are great, but I always love having productive meetings that leave me feeling excited, and motivated to keep my butt working! Between some fun new projects, finishing up the studio (cannot wait for this to be done!), a little traveling, and of course, new content for HBH, we have so much to look forward to.
…and a lot of work to do. It’s both amazing and a little nerve-racking, especially looking at the to-do list, but at this very moment in time I’m feeling happy for it all. That said, let’s check in again about this all on Friday. I might be singing a different tune…
Since things are semi busy these days, I’ve been relying on easy, healthy dinners like this sheet pan harissa chicken. It’s a complete dinner made all on one sheet pan and I could not love it more.
Full disclosure? This is one of those recipes that I didn’t actually think I was going to post on HBH, but it turned out so good that I had to share. I made this one night after typing away on my computer all day. Pretty sure I didn’t even start making it until nine or so, but I just threw what I had from the fridge and the pantry onto a sheet pan and it turned into this killer meal.
At this moment in time, my pantry is stocked with Harissa seasoning (which I buy at Whole Foods or from Amazon), sweet potatoes, and chickpeas. Before leaving for South Korea, I made sure to stock up on all the pantry essentials so that I would have a fully stocked pantry when I returned home. Basically anything that would not go bad in a weeks plus time I stocked up on. I know it seems weird to stock up on groceries before leaving for a big trip, but trust me, it is the best having a pantry full of ingredients upon returning home. No one want’s to come home to zero food in the house. Plus, if you’ve read any of my previous posts, then you know how much I hate going to the grocery store…SO glad my dad is back!
Anyway, point is, I was happy to have so many great ingredients on hand. It’s how I created this recipe, which if you can’t already tell, I LOVE.
Here’s how this works. Season the chicken generously with that harrisa spice. Then add your veggies, chickpeas, and lemons. Give everything a good toss and a good seasoning of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until the chicken is golden, the sweet potatoes tender, and the the chickpeas are crisp.
When the chicken comes out of the oven, finish off with olives, feta cheese, yogurt, and mint. Serve with fresh naan.
It’s simple, quick, healthy, so easy, and even more delicious. If you like middle eastern and Moroccan flavors, you will love this chicken recipe.
I actually ended up making this last night…for like the fourth time in two weeks, for my parents who returned home from South Korea on Monday night. I was dying for them to try this because I knew they would love it. Mom loves roasted chicken and my dad loves anything with some good Moroccan Harissa.
They said it was the perfect welcome home dinner and loved every bite.
Also, all of the Gerard’s are now back on US soil. YEAH! While we all loved South Korea, it’s always nice to come home, and I think my parents, who were in South Korea for almost three whole weeks, are especially happy to be back. Mom is happy for breakfast bread and hot chocolate, and dad’s just happy not to have use chopsticks for every single meal…the chopsticks were a bit of a challenge for him.
And of course, they’re happy to be eating my meals again, meals like this chicken, which you should consider making tonight. Again, because it’s so delicious.
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Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: chicken dinner, easy recipe, sheet pan meal
This dish is simple, quick, healthy, so easy, and even more delicious. If you like middle eastern and Moroccan flavors, you will love this chicken recipe!
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs
- 1/4 cup olive oil plus, more for drizzling
- 2 lemons, juice and zest from 1 + 1 sliced
- 2 tablespoons Harissa seasoning
- 1 tablespoon honey
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1 sweet onion, sliced
- 1 can (14 ounces) chickpeas, drained
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta
- 1/3 cup green olives, smashed
- plain greek yogurt and fresh mint or cilantro, for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
2. On a rimmed baking sheet, combine the chicken, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon juice, lemon zest, harissa seasoning, honey, and a large pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss well to evenly coat the chicken. Add the sweet potatoes, onions, and chickpeas, and toss with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, along with another pinch of salt and pepper. Arrange everything in an even layer. Add the lemon slices and then transfer to the oven. Roast for 40-45 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are golden.
3. Meanwhile, combine the feta, olives, and a drizzle of olive oil in a bowl.
4. To serve, top the chicken with the feta, olives, and yogurt. Sprinkle with mint or cilantro. Enjoy!
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This looks amazing, and I’ve just had a voice appear over my shoulder asking if we can have it for dinner this week! And I think I’ve got some harissa spice somewhere (it is harder to find in the UK, we tend to just have the paste here!)
Thank you Rachel! I hope you love this!
I’m sooooo glad you decided to post this! This meal just screams my name! Everything I love at one place. What else to wish for?
Perfect for meal prep too, I can make a batch of this and divide it into several bento boxes. I love everything Moroccan and middle eastern inspired so I highly appreciate this recipe.
I totally understand why are you so obsessed with it, because the ingredient combination here is to die for! I mean like: chickpeas with chicken, olives and lemon, sweet potatoes with feta and yogurt. Oh, I’m starving right now!
Please, any leftovers? Can you send me some?
Have an amazing day, Tiegh!
Haha I would love to send you the leftovers if I could! But I totally agree, meals like this are so tasty and simple! I hope you love this, thank you!
hmmmm I wish someone would cook this for me…
haha! Thank you Ruth!
hey girl- this looks so yummy!
Sheet pan dinners are my jam!
Right?! Thanks Jennifer!
Easy, healthy dinners like this are the best!
Thank you Matt!
Love easy sheet pan dinners like this! Such great flavors in here.
Thank you Natasha!
Looks like I know what’s for dinner tonight! Harissa Chicken! Will stop at the grocer and pick up ingredients. I just ordered your cookbook. I’ve been waiting months for it from the local library but had to push the buy it button on amazon since it is on sale. Thanks for the heads up on IG on the sale. If and when you are ever back in person at Whole Foods, look in the cheese case for some delicious buffalo mozzarella. It’s my friends company, Buf Creamery. Free Range and Grass Fed buffalo milk. So yummy! I hoping they’ll make some burrata next!
I am so glad you ordered it, I hope you love the recipes! I will definitely look out for that buffalo mozzarella next time I am there.. Sounds like something my brothers would LOVE! Thank you Maria!
I will share, love one pan meals.
Spring is coming maybe convert to being made on a grill!
Some people don’t want to warm up the house.
Thank you so much Carla!
This sheet pan chicken was absolutely delicious I changed the spices to a ras el hanout mixture and it was delicious
I am so glad you liked this! Thank you Cathy!
What an awesome meal!
Thank you Jennifer!
Love sheet pan dinners! Will have to try this recipe out next!
I hope you love this! Thanks Leigh Ann!
I mean, this just sounds so good. I saw harissa, sweet potato and chickpeas in the ingredients and knew it was something I had to make. I’m always looking for healthy meals to bring to work for lunch and eat for weeknight dinners. I honestly prefer a scenario where I don’t have to talk to anyone, but alas, I still work in an office so that doesn’t happen for me very often!
Yes this would be perfect for work! I hope you love this recipe, Danielle! Thank you!
Is it possible to use Harissa paste instead? I love your recipes and really want to make this, but I only have the paste.
I have a big jar of harissa paste that I bought for another recipe and am trying to figure out how to use…do you have a suggestion for substituting harissa paste for harissa seasoning?! thanks!
HI! Yes, an equal amount of Harissa paste will work great. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
This is the most perfect meal! In love with these flavors 🙂
Thank you Laura!
Made this for supper tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I have your cookbook and have made more recipes from it than any other cookbook I own. Always visually appealing and bursting with flavours. I always look forward to seeing what you come up with next! Thankful that you share all your mouthwatering creativity with us!
Awh this is so sweet! Thank you so much Joyce! I am really glad you are enjoying the book and some recipes on the blog!
I adore harissa and keep finding excuses to eat it on everything. Dumb question: do people eat roasted/grilled/charred lemons? I keep seeing them in recipes but I’m not sure what to do with them…
This was amaZing!!! Last minute decision to make for dinner and we loved LOVED it!! Found the Harissa spice at World Market so that is a option if your time doesn’t allow to get from Amazon or Whole Foods. The green olive/feta mixture was perfect and SO good too! Recipe wasn’t specific about skin on vs. skinless so I used both – each was delicious. New family favorite for sure!
Ahh I am so glad to hear that! Thank you so much Carie!
Love this sheet pan dinner! The flavors going on are amazing!
Just made this recipe – it was easy and DELICIOUS! We love chickpeas and sweet potatoes, so having them together in a recipe was perfect for us. We topped with the feta/olive condiment and cilantro. But we didn’t use any yogurt, and don’t feel like the recipe was missing anything without it. We will definitely make this recipe again!
Sounds so good! I am really glad you enjoyed this Sheila, thank you!
Never thought chickpeas could be served with sweet potatoes, it sure is a must try recipe, can’t wait to try..
Thank you!! I hope you love this!
Made this last night! I didn’t have harissa powder, but used harissa paste since I always have some in fridge.. It was FANTASTIC. Easy to put together. Will definitely make again. I never post, even though I’ve been reading your blogs for years, gave your book to friends for Xmas (we have gotten in the habit of photographing our meals and sending texts of the meal along with the actual photo to show how the recipes actually look as good as your beautiful photos) This is the fourth recipe I’ve made this week from your blog (in addition to moroccan lamb burgers, crockpot tuscan white bean and lemon soup, and lemon chicken with orzo) it’s time I tell you that you are my “go-to-girl” for awesome recipes. I go to your website before epicurious.com !!
I am really glad you enjoyed this Ginny! Thank you so much and I hope you continue to enjoy my recipes!
Made this tonight. It was tasty! Nice flavors that combined very well. Pretty easy to make. One thing I may do differently next time —and there will be a next time in the near future—is add the veggies after the chicken has cooked for 10 or 15 minutes. The somewhat large chicken breasts I used took the full 45 minutes to cook, but the veggies were a little over and some of the chickpeas were burnt. Thank you.
I am so glad you enjoyed this Cathleen! Thank you so much!
I did it yesterday and definately want a repeat. Just one problem. There was pretty much liquid from the meat at the bottom of the sheetpan (ceramic) even though I baked it for a longer time. Any suggestions?
HI! What kind of chicken did you use? Did you drain the chickpeas. Hope I can help!
Amazing! Made this last night for dinner and I think it is the best meal I’ve ever made! My husband said he could eat this every night for dinner. Thanks for the great recipe!
That is so amazing to hear! Thank you Christina!
So delicious, & quick to prep now that I have the spice mixed up. Whole family loved it!
I am glad you and your family enjoyed this Amy! Thank you!
I just made this the other day, and it was amazing! Amazingly I had all the ingredients too! My 6 year old gave this meal “two thumbs up”!
Awh that is so sweet! Thank you Bianca!
I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago. We loved it! I added red bell pepper for extra color, too.
I have never used harissa before and was excited to try something new.
Since I now have harissa, I was thinking about what else I could do with it. So, I made harissa chicken salad. Chicken, celery, mayo, lemon zest, and harissa. Really good!
I found your site a few weeks ago, and it’s my go-to now. Thank you so much!
Thank you Gail!
I am obsessed with harissa – this looks delicious. Been collecting and compiling a list of recipes that include harissa as an ingredient! I think chicken based recipes that include it are some of the best. Thank you so much for sharing!
Thank you Billy! I hope you love this recipe!
Made a TRIPLE batch of this for a group Passover dinner tonight (keeping the feta optional as some of the more religious diners don’t mix meat and dairy). It’s very handy to be able to reheat this in the oven with no loss in flavor!
I am so glad you enjoyed this Janis! Thank you!
Made this for dinner tonight and made it exactly to recipe. Oh my gosh, we devoured the whole lot (we were supposed to save some for leftovers – whoops!). So tasty and easy to make, and minimal washing up which is always a bonus! I love your recipes and consistently get good results. Your recipes taste like restaurant quality food. Thank you!!
I am so glad you loved this Lauren! Thank you so much!
I made this and it was amazing. Even though I could not find harissa spice anywhere. I used. I used harissa from a jar. It was great but I think it would even be better with the spice. Thanks. Love your recipes.
Thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe!
Delicious! In the Netherlands we don’t have the herb mix you used, so I made it with harissa and Marocan herbs. Very easy and very delicious! Will make it again. Thanks for the recipe. Karen
Thank you so much Karen! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe!
If people can’t find Harissa seasoning at there grocery Store,what would you recommend substitute for the seasoning.it lookes was really good.
HI! I would use 2 teaspoons smoked paprika and 1/2-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper in place of the harissa. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan
So good! Packed it for my evening class and forgot the yogurt topping – it definitely had a kick but I ate it over brown rice. So tasty and like the heartiness – I added some bell peppers too. Excited for my leftovers tomorrow (with yogurt and/or TJ naan). Thanks for the recipe!!
Thank you so much Avani!
This was delicious! I added some red pepper b/c I like to have as many veggies as possible. The yogurt sauce was amazing!
I am so happy to hear that Emily! Thank you!
How spicy is Harissa? Trying to decide how much to use for our family with two littles who don’t like too much heat.
HI! It’s not too spicy, but start with 1-2 tablespoons and add more to your taste. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan
Made this over the weekend for friends and now they’re making it again tonight! Even the kids all loved it. Yummmmm. We don’t really do dairy so I just omitted the dairy and it was great. I’ve made this twice and this time I cooked it with the olives and half the cilantro. I then added the other half of the cilantro before serving and it was great!
Thank you so much!! I am so glad it turned out so amazing for you and all of your guests! Thank you Meredith! xTieghan
Made this for dinner tonight and it was great!! I made a second pan with just veggies (added carrots and mushrooms) for my vegetarian son – was definitely spicier without the chicken!!
Thank you so much Eve! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
Can you please tell me how you would adjust this for frozen chicken breasts? I appreciate it!
This put a new spin on chicken for us! It was a party in my mouth especially taking a small bite of the roasted lemon with intermittent bites. It was an easy, fresh, lemony, spicy, creamy, delicious (lets see did I forget anything ?) Sunday (not my usual) chicken dinner. I didn’t have yogurt so I used sour cream and I added the olives, mint and sweet chopped onion to it, like a tartar sauce, we loved it. Half way through cooking it, the aroma coming from my oven was heavenly, I hit up Amazon for your cookbook! Where have you been all my life?
HI Sherry! I am really glad you enjoyed this recipe so much! Thank you! xTieghan
This recipe inspired our dinner tonight. I forgot to add honey and I purposely left out the feta. I added some large bits of red pepper too. It was amazing! My husband and daughter both loved it as well. I cut my chicken breasts into ample sized tenders to reduce the cook time and it worked quite well. 2 breasts fed 3 adults with a lunch size portion for tomorrow. Love the addition of chickpeas. I served it with a side of couscous made with veggie broth and it was a very comforting, yet light, meal. Bravo and well done to you!
So amazing! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan
Made this tonight and it was wonderful! One of those recipes I could see morphing into whatever vegetables you had on hand. I didn’t have sweet potatoes, so used Yukon gold, Used fresh dill as the herb. Just tossed the olives & dll on top with the yogurt when it was done & it was amazing! Thanks so much for a great recipe! Definitely a keeper. Doesn’t get much easier or tastier than this.
So happy to hear this Annie! Thank you so much! xTieghan
As I was making my grocery list today my husband told me to just go ahead and keep the ingredients for this on hand cuz he’s fine with it once a week “at least” ? We live in Hawaii and have easier access to Okinawan sweet potatoes, so that was the only change I made. Thank you so much for his new favorite!
Haha wow that is so great!! Thank you so much for trying this Jane! xTieghan
This recipe is absolutely delicious! Quick question though: Do you have a recommendation on how to get the chickpeas and sweet potatoes to have s little more bite? I used the biggest sheet pan I had to avoid overcrowding, but still ended with with them being more mushy than I would like. Suggestions?
Hi Regina! Was the pan crowded? If so it might be best to use 2 baking sheets, 1 for the chicken and 1 for the vegetables. I would roast the veggies until crisp and just remove the chicken early if it’s cooked before the veggies are crips! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
Heaven on a pan. Quick, easy and absolutely delicious with just the right amount of heat. Sometimes I go sans chicken just to have the veggies as a side.
Love that! Thank you so much Amy! xTieghan
I want to make this so badly. Not sure if we actually own a sheet pan. But I do have Harissa! Can I make it in a oven proof ceramic or casserole instead?
Hi Sabah! Yes, you can make in a casserole. That will work great!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
This is so delicious. Followed recipe exactly (except for I had black olives vs. green olives) and used mint for the garnish. I had so much food I used two roasting pans to make sure everything roasted properly (so notched up the oven to convection setting).Loved the salty contrast of the feta and olive with with cooling greek yogurt to temper the harissa. The balance was PERFECT and I’m planning on making this for guests (and cannot wait to eat my leftovers tomorrow, yum!). I view this almost like a sheet-pan, moroccan inspired Tagine, but temps here are warmer and I’m not ready for stew yet.
I am so glad this turned out so well for you Ros! Thank you so much for trying it! I hope this goes super well for you when temps cool down! xTieghan
Just wondering what a sweet onion looks like? I would love to make this recipe
Hi Laura! It has tan skin and white flesh. Photos below. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
This has become a favorite. Have made it a few times, and keep returning. So easy to prep, and quick to get on the table.
I am so glad you loved this recipe, Cathy! Thank you so much for trying it! xTieghan
Super tasty recipe! Big fan of how the chickpeas and sweet potatoes turned out. The harissa gave a great kick.
I am so glad you loved this Celia! Thank you so much! xTieghan
Made this with yellow onion, Meyer lemons, and Savory Spice Shop’s Harissa Seasoning. Amazing!
Thank you so much Erin! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
This is sooo good. It’s become part of our weekly rotation. Sometimes we skip the feta/olives and it’s still delicious. Thank you so much for such a great recipe!
Thank you Samantha! I am so glad you loved this! xTieghan
i have made this many, many times and it is always delicious. Especially appreciated during the epidemic, when I am cooking every night and want something special but easy. THANK YOU for the recipe!!!
Thank you so much Laurie! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
How would you substitute harissa sauce in a jar?
You could use a different seasoning like curry. I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any other questions. xTieghan
Hi..I am going to use breasts and thighs, do you leave the skin on the thighs? Looks delicious!
This is personal preference, if you like the skin leave it on, if not take it off. I hope you love the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Can you use Harissa sauce if you don’t have Harissa seasoning?
That would totally work! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
If I have the time, can I marinate the chicken in the Harissa/Lemon/Honey mixture and then toss it in a pan later with the veggies?
This would totally work! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Substitutions: harissa paste instead of seasoning. Used frozen (thawed before baking) cubed butternut squash. Shallots instead of onions. Goat cheese instead of feta.
Amazing! This recipe came together quick (other than chickpeas which I choose to make from dry). I love the spice and sweet in this recipe. I will be making it over and over again.
Wow love all of the substitutions! I am so glad this turned out so well for you, Issi! Thank you! xTieghan
Just cooked this tonight, it was so amazing. Will definitely be making regularly going forward. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Julia! I am really glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
Looks delicious! I’ve never had the harissa seasoning, but I want to serve to my young kids – do you have any recommendation to omit the heat but keep similar seasoning?
I would just use 1 tablespoon instead of 2. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Thank you so much for this amazing dish. I made this multiple times already and My family ( 2 little kids included) devoured It. One of my favorite homemade meals….
Thank you so much Joanna! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe! xTieghan
Made this last night, it was absolutely outstanding and really simple. I used chicken thighs as I thought they would stand up better in the long cooking time and I still had to remove them after 45 minutes, to give the sweet potatoes another 15 mins on their own to be completely done. I also used 100g of Harissa paste instead of the dried seasoning and it worked perfectly.
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! Happy New Year! xTieghan
Fantastic! This was restaurant quality and not just a typical sheetpan chicken dinner, BUT it was EASY! The hardest part was slicing the sweet potatoes (about as time consuming as I can get with a toddler lol!). My five year old requested I add this to my “special recipe book”, my nine year old kept saying mmmmm under her breath, my 13 year old used the word “heavenly”, and my husband said “excellent”. The combination of flavors was a treat- I loved the bites with lemony sweet potato, olive and feta. I used breast and thigh which made a nice juicy lemon sauce on the pan. I am contemplating serving leftover chicken and sauce over mashed potatoes. It is rare for a recipe to EXCEED expectations but this one did, and it made me feel like a good cook, which is always nice. Thank you!!!
Thank you so much for making the recipe. I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! xTieghan
Wow! Blew me away and my husband really liked it after giving it side eye the entire time I was cooking. I used skinless boneless thighs but would have preferred bone-in thighs, but the recipes didn’t say which to use. Added cauliflower as had some in the fridge. Went with the mint. Delish!
Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Happy Friday:) xTieghan
I LOVE this recipe because it is so flavorful but also uses a lot of longer-lasting items in my fridge/pantry. It’s great for nights when I realize I don’t have fresh greens to cook but still want to make something healthy. The flavors are great and it’s simple to make.
Awesome! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! Happy Friday:) xTieghan