Sticky Harissa Chicken Traybake
4.75 from 4 votes

Sticky Harissa Chicken Traybake with Chickpeas and Kale

This Sticky Harissa Chicken Traybake, is simple, quick and delicious - perfect for busy weeknights. It’s also healthy, gluten free and dairy free! (Serves 4-6, depending on appetite.)

Recipe Type Main Course, Traybake
Cuisine British, Fusion, North African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Serves 6 people
Calories 637 kcal
Author Eb Gargano


  • 8 chicken thighs (or legs, or a mixture), bone in and skin on
  • 800 g sweet potato skin on and chopped into bitesize chunks
  • 2 red/yellow/orange peppers cut into bitesize chunks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 teaspoons mild harissa (I use Tesco Ingredients)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 100 g kale
  • 400 g tin chickpeas drained thoroughly
  • 4 tablespoons honey (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 220C / 200C fan / gas mark 7 / 425F.

  2. Place the chicken pieces, sweet potato and peppers into a large roasting tray.
  3. Mix together the olive oil, harissa, salt and pepper. Squeeze in the juice from the lemon quarters. Pour the mixture over the chicken and vegetables and throw the squeezed lemon quarters into the tray too.
  4. Using your hands (or a couple of large spoons) toss all the ingredients in the harissa mixture, then place the roasting tray into the oven and cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile place the kale in a colander and pour over a kettle full of boiling water to soften the kale. Drain thoroughly.
  6. After 45 minutes, remove the traybake from the oven and remove all the chicken pieces to a plate. Add the drained chickpeas and kale and toss all the vegetables together, then replace the chicken pieces on top and squeeze about half a tablespoon of runny honey over each chicken piece (optional).
  7. Return the roasting tray to the oven for 5 more minutes, to cook the kale and warm the chickpeas, then serve.


Do be careful with the harissa – they can vary enormously in strength, from very mild to super strong – add with caution unless you like your food super hot!

Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Nutrition Facts
Sticky Harissa Chicken Traybake with Chickpeas and Kale
Amount Per Serving
Calories 637 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 147mg49%
Sodium 439mg19%
Potassium 1067mg30%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 21980IU440%
Vitamin C 84.1mg102%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.