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Easy Shredded Harissa Chicken

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These easy Harissa chicken recipe can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and can be served so many different ways! Made with just two ingredients – jarred Harissa and chicken plus some spices!

These easy Harissa chicken recipe can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and can be served so many different ways! Made with just two ingredients – jarred Harissa and chicken plus some spices!
Easy Shredded Harrisa Chicken

I love it with rice, chickpeas or cauliflower rice (pictured above) plus cucumbers and tzatziki on the side. Tommy loves it gyro style on a pocket-less or pita or naan with tzatziki!

These easy Harissa chicken recipe can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and can be served so many different ways! Perfect for meal prep! #shreddedchicken #harissachicken #slowcookershreddedchicken

These easy Harissa chicken recipe can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and can be served so many different ways! Made with just two ingredients – jarred Harissa and chicken plus some spices!

To make this super fast and easy, I used Mina Harissa  (I love this stuff!). I buy the mild one, which is mild enough that even my eight year old loves this chicken too! But they also sell a spicy one if you like it spicy.

And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!

How To Make Shredded Harissa Chicken

What is Harissa?

Harissa is a traditional accompaniment with Moroccan and North African food. It’s as popular to them as ketchup and mustard is to us here in the states. You can serve it with everything from eggs, burgers, couscous, soups and more.

How to make Harissa:

If you can’t find Harissa, you can easily make it yourself. This is my favorite method, it’s so good you’ll want to drink it!

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 12 ounce jar roasted peppers in water, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to your taste

Sauté the garlic in oil until golden and fragrant then combine with the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve room temperature. See below for the chicken recipe!

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These easy Harissa chicken recipe can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and can be served so many different ways!

Easy Shredded Harrisa Chicken

4.71 from 98 votes
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Cals:178
Protein:26
Carbs:4
Fat:7
These easy Harissa chicken recipe can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and can be served so many different ways!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Mediterranean
These easy Harissa chicken recipe can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and can be served so many different ways! Made with just two ingredients – jarred Harissa and chicken plus some spices!
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 3 oz cooked chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup mild Harissa sauce, I like Mina
  • optional, serve with Tzatziki

Instructions

Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Season the chicken with the cumin, garlic powder, pinch of salt, and pepper.
  • Place chicken in a slow cooker, pour the harissa over the chicken, and cover. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW 4 hours.
  • Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred with two forks.

Pressure Cooker Directions:

  • Season the chicken with the cumin, garlic powder, pinch of salt, and pepper.
  • Place chicken in the pressure cooker, pour the harissa over the chicken and cook high pressure 20 minutes. Quick or natural release then shred with two forks. If using frozen chicken breasts, cook 25 minutes.

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Notes

Meal Prep containers pictured above are from Amazon.

Nutrition

Serving: 3 oz cooked chicken, Calories: 178 kcal, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Protein: 26 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 83 mg, Sodium: 651.5 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 4 g

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These easy Harissa chicken recipe can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and can be served so many different ways! Made with just two ingredients – jarred Harissa and chicken plus some spices!

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290 comments on “Easy Shredded Harissa Chicken”

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    Caitlin Howard

    I enjoyed this recipe, but I ordered the Mina Harissa linked which is Mild and it was not spicy enough at all, I think next time I’ll order spicy or try the trader joe one that people keep saying was too spicy. 

    Overall, it was super easy to make, I served it with rice, cucumbers, and bought Cava Tzatziki from the store. I ate it as a bowl and had everything mixed together. 

  2. THIS LOOKS DELISH.
    HOWEVER I AM CONFUSED. IS THIS A DISH YOU SERVE COLD?
    THE PHOTOS WOULD SUGGEST YOU ARE PACKING IT UP FOR LUNCH.
    THEN, I WOULD NOT MICROWAVE IT AS HEAT WOULD RUIN THE CUCUMBERS ?!?

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    Kimberly Sulen

    No assembly instructions? Where’s the rest of the recipe beyond the instructions to cook the chicken?

    1. What assembly? Once you cook and shred the chicken it’s ready to serve. Just add any sides you prefer.

  4. Yet another fantastic recipe. It’s so refreshing to have something other than a tomato based sauce! I made the Harissa as described above and our house of salt-lovers found it to be a bit too salty (I subbed 1t of sea salt for the 1.5t of kosher salt). Worried about the salt content prior to putting the chicken in, I only added a tiny pinch of salt (1/8t max) to the breasts. I will definitely make this again, and soon, and will omit an additional 1/4t of salt (as a jumping off point).

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    Mary Anne Fraser

    I’m so sad…I’ve made this in the crock pot many times and love it. Pressed for time, I tried the electric pressure cooker and the harissa burned on the bottom. I didn’t see where liquid was added at all. Oh well, back to the crock pot I guess.

    1. immediately started to burn in the instant pot because it needed liquid. I added some vegetable broth but not sure it was the right thing to do.  Any tips? Also, I got the Harissa from Trader Joe’s and it was WAY to spicy! 

    2. I noticed no liquid was added and was worried it would burn, so I added maybe 1/4 of water, just a tiny bit. It was pretty soupy at the end, so I turned the pressure cooker on sauté and let the sauce boil a bit to reduce it back down (stirring occasionally) for probably about five minutes. 

  6. I love love love this recipe. I’m on WW this plus many other recipes is giving me so many healthy options. Thanks so much!!!

  7. I love this recipe! I added some cayenne, garlic powder, black pepper & cumin, and the harissa and just grilled it. I cut it up into pieces and put it on a griddle with extra harissa sauce. Served it in a warm pita with greek yogurt and sliced cucumbers. SO GOOD!

  8. This was delicious and so easy! I added the chickpeas to the shredded chicken in the instant pot (after the chicken was done cooking). My husband liked this so much he took it to work the next day. I served it over rice with the sliced cucumbers and a dab of plain Greek yogurt. This recipe is a keeper!

  9. This is soooo good. I bought the small jar of Harissa from Trader Joe’s. It’s super spicy but the tzatziki balances it out perfectly. My new go to chicken recipe! Thank you!!

  10. I used Mina Mild Harissa and made it a n my crockpot. I was very disappointed- I feel the chicken lacked flavor despite seasoning the chicken and using the 10oz jar of harissa. 

  11. Thank you for this great recipe! It’s been in rotation a few times at our house! Regarding the Harissa sauce, I’ve never even looked for it in the store as your recipe is perfect. I like that it’s homemade allowing us to control the salt, spice and overall outcome of it. This recipe has been a hit with my family several times and I’m about to share it with our parents coming to visit for the Easter holiday. My mom’s been on WW for a number of years and we’re always looking for recipes that work well with her preferences. I’m excited to see how she like this for dinner. I have no doubt it will be a hit! 🙂

  12. This meal was awesome! So easy to make, and the flavors all went really well together. I had it over cauli rice and added chick peas on top!

  13. Hi Gina: 2 questions:
    1)  If you do on stove top with 2 cups of water, do you still season the chicken beforehand? 
    2) If I want to make the Harissa from scratch, I can’t find roasted peppers that don’t have sodium. How many fresh peppers would I need to roast to equal the number of roasted peppers in a 12 oz jar?
    Thanks so much!!

    1. There are about 2 peppers in the jar. I make this all the time with the homemade Harris’s sauce. Usually double or triple to put some in freezer. Don’t eliminate the salt entirely. The chicken needs all the spices and salt. At least that’s what we like. I serve with cauliflower rice and spread the chicken in my kitchen aid. If your breasts are big cut in half or thirds so the shredding is easier. Let the chicken cool on a plate for 5 or so minutes before shredding in batches. 

  14. I just made this on Saturday and it was delicious! I made the harissa per the recipe as I couldn’t find ithe Mina brand locally. We ate the chicken with brown rice (used the Trader Joe’s frozen packet that you cook in the microwave), tzatziki, and cucumbers. Can’t wait to double it and invite a few people over to enjoy it!

  15. Thank goodness I could not find the Mina Harissa Sauce in the grocery store because I would have missed out on your amazing homemade Harissa Sauce.  Made this recipe for dinner last night and everyone polished it off.  Made it again tonight and doubled it so we had leftovers for lunch.  This is my new favorite recipe!  Couldn’t have been easier!