This Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken with Potatoes and Onions is jam packed with bold, savory, smoky, spicy flavors and perfectly balanced with a dollop of lemony yogurt! Effortless and easy, yet downright delicious, this complete sheet pan meal is the answer to your weeknight dinner woes!
1. I used bone-in, skin on chicken thighs for this meal, but you can substitute chicken breast or bone-less, skinless chicken thighs. You will just need to adjust the cooking time down, because your chicken won’t take as long to cook. I recommend if you do substitute the type of chicken, you start the potatoes in the oven and then add the chicken to the baking sheet after 10 minutes or so. If you adjust the cooking time down, but don’t pre-roast the potatoes for a few minutes, they won’t turn out golden brown, crispy and delicious.
2. You can make your own harissa or use store bought. I like either Mina Harissa (spicy) or Mediterranean Gourmet Moroccan Harissa (100% natural with pickled lemon). You can find harissa in the ethnic isle of most grocery stores.
3. If you want chicken with a TON of flavor, you can marinate the chicken thighs in the harissa-honey mixture for a few hours, or up to overnight, instead of just brushing it on the chicken.
4. The recipe calls for Fage Greek yogurt, which is just Greek yogurt that has been strained. You can substitute regular Greek yogurt and strain it yourself. Simply place the Greek yogurt in a cheesecloth and suspend it over a bowl. Place it in the refrigerator for AL LEAST 30 minutes to strain.
5. If you aren’t a fan of cilantro, you can absolutely substitute fresh parsley.
6. If you are looking to add a little more greens to your meal, this chicken pairs really nicely with peppery arugula!