Gourmet Shortcut – Moroccan Harissa Chicken

moroccan harissa chicken

Moroccan Harissa Chicken. Even uttering the very words make me feel a little bit cosier.

What is it about Moroccan food that makes it feel like a big cuddle? The combination of spices, often accompanied by a touch of sweetness… A good tagine can warm up the coldest of days, yet somehow still feels suited to a Summers evening!

Many an afternoon has been spent slowly nurturing a Moroccan Tagine to completion. And there really is little I love more than to spend hours preparing a feast. However, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. This is where the fabulous kitchen implement known as a slow cooker comes in. Many a fraught day can be rescued with a well thought out morning! My slow cooker has already featured in my gourmet shortcuts series a number of times, it’s hardly a surprise. 

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Moroccan Harissa Chicken

Encona sent me a few of their products to try. My current fascination with all things Moroccan ( you should see my sofa! ) led me to try the Moroccan Harissa Marinade almost straight away!

Moroccan Harrisa Chicken 4I went a little off piste with the recipe – moving away from the marinade & embracing my slow cooker with Moroccan Harissa Chicken. I will place the recipe details below, but there aren’t many steps. AND you can serve it with whatever you fancy. We went with Quinoa because we had some hanging out in the back of the cupboard. I cooked the Quinoa in some of the extra cooking liquid – couscous could be done in exactly the same way ♥

Moroccan Harissa Chicken

Serves 4

10 minPrep Time

7 hrCook Time

7 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 900g - 1kg Chicken Thighs
  • 2 Onions Sliced
  • 1 Jar Encona Moroccan Harissa Marinade


  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker. Onions, followed by chicken thighs and then the marinade.
  2. Leave slow cooker on low for the day. Around 6 - 8 hours.
  3. Shred the chicken - removing skin and all meat from the bones.
  4. And it's ready to serve with your choice of side! As easy as 1, 2, 3!

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We enjoyed our Moroccan Harissa Chicken with Matt’s quick and easy Moroccan Breads. Perfectly paired!

Do you have any shortcuts in the kitchen for when you day seems shorter then it should? I’d love to hear all about them!