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Grilled Harissa Sesame Chicken Thighs

If you're looking for more flavor in your chicken, stop right there. These Grilled Harissa Sesame Chicken Thighs are super flavourful, easy to put together and grilled to absolute perfection. Best of all, they can be on you dinner table in just 20 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Keyword: chicken, grilled, grilled harissa chicken, harissa
Servings: 8
Calories: 289kcal


  • 3 green onions cleaned and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 teaspoon harissa paste *
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • 8 chicken thighs skinless and boneless
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped


  • Make the marinade: In a large bowl combine the chopped green onions, garlic, ginger, harissa, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Remove about 1/4 of the mixture to a small bowl or cup and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Marinate the chicken: Add the chicken thighs to the large bowl and toss making sure all the chicken is covered in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to 4 hours.
  • Preheat your grill: over medium heat.
  • Grill the chicken: Grill the chicken thighs for about 4 to 5 minutes per side or until cooked through and they start to char a bit. Transfer the chicken to a platter and drizzle with the remaining harissa mixture. You can also brush the harissa mixture over the chicken as you're grilling it.
  • Garnish and serve: Garnish with fresh parsley if preferred and sesame seeds.


  1. * Harissa Paste is a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste made from roasted red peppers, serrano peppers and other hot chili peppers and spices and herbs.
  2. You can use chicken breast for this recipe.
  3. You can bake this in the oven at 400F for 20 minutes instead of grilling.
  4. Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
  5. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used. 


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg