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One-Pan Chicken Thighs with Harissa Lentils

The spicy North African condiment livens up the lentils without overpowering the other flavors. If you aren’t a big fan of spicy foods add a little harissa at a time.
Course Main Course
Cuisine African
Keyword chicken, chicken thighs, Harissa, lentils, one pan meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 809kcal


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons harissa, (I use Mina Harissa)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro


  • Place a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat through. Pat the chicken thighs dry and season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken thighs on all sides, about 5 minutes per side, and remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the pan and sauté in the remaining chicken fat oil mixture, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 6 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and harissa and cook for a minute. Stir in the tomatoes and turn the heat down to medium-low.
  • Rinse the lentils in a fine mesh strainer and gently shake to drain. Add the lentils and chicken stock to the pan and simmer, stirring occasionally until the lentils are just tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Simmer the lentils, stirring occasionally, until all the stock has been absorbed, about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the sugar to adjust the acidity if needed. Nestle the the seared chicken thighs back to the pan. Cook until the chicken thighs are completely cooked through, about an additional 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro. Serve warm ladled into bowls or with a side of brown rice.


Calories: 809kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 77g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 777mg | Potassium: 1399mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 7mg