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Moroccan spiced chicken with a harissa, caper & onion potato salad

on 13/09/2009

I love this juicy Moroccon spiced chicken! Crunchy, hard & spiced on the outside & juicy, light & yummie on the inside. It is so lovely with the harissa, onion & caper potato salad! Excellent to enjoy as lunch or dinner with your lover!

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Recipe: For 2 persons, with a bit of seconds


* For the harissa, caper & potato salad:

6 medium large hard, boiled potatoes, peeled, cooked & cut into 2 cm pieces, cooled off

1 tablespoon of capers, well rinsed under cold water & well drained, finely cut up

1 onion, washed & cleaned, peeled & cut up into little pieces, fried into a bit of olive oil


1 to 2 tablespoons of harissa

* For the Moroccon spiced, fried & baked chicken:

chicken fillets for 2 persons, skin removed, washed, pad dry with kitchen paper & cleaned, cut into larger pieces

3 green cardamom pods, peeled open, the pods thrown away but keep the seeds!!!

1/4 teaspoon of black peppercorns

1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds

1/4 teaspoon of sugar

1/4 teaspoon of turmeric ( be carefull with the turmeric, it colours all of your materials yellow & it gives you staines!! That is why I put on plastic gloves!)

1/4 teaspoon of cumin seeds

1/4 teaspoon of grinded cinnamon

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of sweet paprika powder ( pimentón dulce )

1/2 teaspoon of grinded coriander seeds

1/8 teaspoon of grinded piment

50 gr cornstarch

25 gr of very fine yellow corn meal or polenta

2 whole eggs, beaten

200 ml of kefir or buttermilk

a fruity EVOO ( Extra Virgin Olive Oil )

* To serve: sometimes , I serve a green salad with this but it is absolutely not necessary!


1. First, take a medium non stick pan & heat up on medium high. Put the whole cardamom seeds, black peppercorns & the fennel seeds in the pan. Shake the pan from time to time & roast the spices for about 3 to 5 minutes until the spices scent the whole kitchen with their aromas!

2. Put those roasted spices together in a pestle & mortar with the other spices & grind them all to a fine powder. Add the sugar & salt too. Grind them all fine. Now, take a 1st deep plate & mix the cornstarch with the polenta. Take a 2nd deep plate & mix the beaten eggs with the kefir.

3. With one hand roll the pieces of chicken first through the polenta mix & then with your other hand put the chicken pieces trough the egg kefir mix. With the first hand take your chicken pieces again trough the polenta mix. Take a 4th plate & place your finished chicken pieces on it. Repeat until all of the chickken pieces are ready.

4. Heat a large non stick pan on high heat. Pour 4 to 6 tablespoons of the fruity EVOO in it. Heat up. When the oil is sizzling, add the coated chicken pieces. Fry on both sides until well browned. Repeat untill all of the chicken is well fried on both sides. Remove the chicken pieces from the pan & lay them on a rack into a roasting tin & place in a preheated oven on 200°C

( 428 F) & bake in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes until the chicken is so tender inside & the outside is dark brown & really crisped up! Wrap them into aluminium foil to let the chicken pieces rest for 5 minutes, so that the inside of the meat will be juicy & tender afterwords ).

5. In the meantime, make the harissa potato salad. So, you have your cooled potatoes in front of you. They are cut into litlle pieces. Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mayonaise trough the potato pieces. Take 1 – 2 tablespoons harissa or more to your taste & mix it well trough the mayonaise & the potato salad. Mix the cut up capers trough the salad. Mix the fried onion pieces into the salad. Season with salt & pepper. It has to taste fab!

6. Now, take your serving plate & plate up! Finally, scatter some sea salt on the chicken pieces.


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94 responses to “Moroccan spiced chicken with a harissa, caper & onion potato salad

  1. Marieke says:

    Yummie,..Sophie!! I love that spiced chicken a lot & those flavours!!!Lovely!

  2. dada says:

    Thanks, I travel around the world and the spices with your recipes. Cheers

  3. Jamie says:

    Oh, Sophie! Great recipe! We love Moroccan food and husband is nuts about harissa (he lived in Morocco for 2 years). This one I'll try. It looks so fabulous and delicious!

  4. Chef Chuck says:

    This Moroccan chicken looks and sounds so good! Yumm Spicy…..

  5. My lover would love this! I adore Moroccan food–I was in Morocco hiking in the Atlas mountains and afterwards went to Marrakech, where I fell in love with the city, culture…and of course the food.

  6. Nirvana says:

    Yum! I am dyyying to go to Morocco, so for now I'll have to make do with enjoying their fabulous food 🙂 This recipe is a good start! Thanks Sophie!

  7. I love Morrocan dishes. Your Chicken sounds great to me! I wish I could visit there one day. There ceramics are very pretty.

  8. Great flavors here! This sounds like a fantastic meal.

  9. What a fabulous post! I've never had Moroccan chicken with crunchy coating, so I can't wait to try it. And I'm always looking for new ways to use up an open jar of harissa!

  10. Anna says:

    Love Moroccan food all the spices, smells and taste delicious. And potato salad with Harrissa that's a good idea.

  11. Velva says:

    Love Moroccan spices and this dish looks really good.I have been really enjoying your blog.

  12. Talita says:

    With that description how could I be indifferent to this yummy meal?

  13. Sophia says:

    This looks amazing…but the spice list is LOOONG! Do you have a short-cut version? 😉

  14. I love crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside and it sounds like fryign it and then baking it would make it healthier? 🙂

  15. Wow! That looks so good. I love to eat chicken like this. 🙂

  16. nora@ffr says:

    love the spices combo.. yumm!! sophie this surely my kind of food :)perfect!!cheers!

  17. These moroccan chicken looks totally good…crisp outside and tender succulent chicken flesh makes the chicken a real treat. Angie's Recipes

  18. Sylvia says:

    Que rico esta esto Sophie ¿Podrías mandarme un poquito? 🙂

  19. Anh says:

    A lovely recipe!!! I love harissa!

  20. lesley says:

    Gosh Sophie, that looks sooo tasty! Baz will love this! Crunchy & succulent ..what better combination!

  21. The spices for the chicken are awesome, such a flavorful preparation! Loving the harissa, caper & potato salad too! Yummy meal!

  22. Cheryl says:

    You make the coolest food Sophie!

  23. This looks like a fantastic combination of flavors!

  24. Queen B. says:

    oooooooooo looks fab ! I used to live in Belgium !!

  25. Valérie says:

    Yummy! I could go for some of that chicken right now!

  26. Pam says:

    What a fantastic meal – the chicken looks especially good.

  27. Such wonderful flavors, I so love moroccan dishes!!

  28. Christine says:

    Wow, crunchy spiced chicken! Who can resist it?

  29. Emily says:

    This looks like quite the meal. I dig it. Can I come over?

  30. Claudia says:

    I love the Morroccan spices. What a gorgeous dinner this is – all crunch loaded with grand ingredients outside and mouth-watering inside.

  31. Juliana says:

    Sophie, I never had Moroccan food…and from what I read I am sure that I'll definitely like it…the ingredients all together sounds so tasty…yummie 😉

  32. What an interesting combination of flavors. I've never had Moroccan food. Looks as if I'm missing something good.Sam

  33. foodcreate says:

    I love the taste Moroccan food it's so delicious thank for sharing your recipes 🙂 Have a wonderful Day ~

  34. Diana H says:

    Nice little spicy kick to the chicken and potato salad, sounds fantastic. I like that you fried it in a little oil instead of deep frying it.

  35. Cynthia says:

    Sophie, I love the flavours you have here though I am yet to try harissa. That combo for the potato salad is so good. I am going to give it a try.

  36. Erica says:

    I love the flavors in this dish!!!! Fantastic!

  37. Kerstin says:

    I love all the spices you used on the chicken – it sounds SO good!

  38. syrie says:

    Love Moroccan food. I'm definitely giving those potatoes a go. What great flavours!

  39. Elra says:

    Delicious fried&baked chicken. I love the harissa too!

  40. gaga says:

    Moroccan is one of those cuisines that I haven't experimented with much. This dish looks great and seems like a great way to get introduced it!

  41. Lyss says:

    Uh-Oh. This looks good, as in 'must make asap good'. I think I'll be making up a batch of harissa this afternoon just for this!

  42. Muneeba says:

    Ohhhh .. very exotic and must smell wonderful coming out of the oven! I especially love the look of the onion potato salad .. could definitely eat a whole lot of that 🙂

  43. Judy says:

    Well I know what the sweet paprika is now (smoked paprika), so you're introducing me to harissa. It sounds very interesting, and you are an adventuresome cook!

  44. Michelle says:

    Sophie this chicken looks incredible! I can almost smell the spices. 🙂 Oh and that potato salad!! I am definitely trying this dish!! xoxo

  45. Y says:

    Oh yum, that spiced chicken looks awesome!

  46. isa says:

    I love Moroccan food! Your chicken sounds so delicious, crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside:))Have a nice day.

  47. yum yum yum – love harissa and love Moroccan flavors, cannot wait to give this a go

  48. Sophie says:

    @ everyone of you: Thanks for stopping by & i am glad that you all liked it a lot!!

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