MOROCCAN GRILLED CHICKEN WITH HARISSA AND CURRIED COUSCOUS

MOROCCAN GRILLED CHICKEN WITH HARISSA AND CURRIED COUSCOUS (for four)

 Chicken, grilled, Moroccan grilled chicken with harissa 1  Chicken, grilled, Moroccan grilled chicken with harissa 2

about 1 cup harissa

2 tablespoons plus ½ cup olive oil

5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided

1 teaspoon finely grated lime peel

one 2-3/4 to 3 pound chicken, quartered, backbone removed

pinch of sugar

curried couscous to accompany


  1. Prepare marinade. Whisk 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon harissa, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and lime peel in small bowl.  Rub mixture over all sides of chicken pieces.  Place chicken in a 11 x 7 x 2 inch glass baking dish.  Cover and marinate overnight.  Bring to room temperature 30 minutes before grilling.
  1. Whisk remaining ½ cup oil, 3 tablespoons lime juice and a pinch of sugar in medium bowl to blend. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.  (Dressing can be made 1 day ahead.  Cover and refrigerate).
  1. Grill chicken. Light 20 to 25 briquettes and when fire is medium hot (you can hold your hand 5 inches above the grill rack directly over the coals for 3 to 4 seconds), build a 2 level fire by pushing the coals onto half of the grill, piling them about 3 briquettes high.  Oil the rack and heat it for 5 minutes.  If you are using a gas grill, preheat all burners to high, then reduce to medium-high.
  1. Discard marinade, then pat chicken dry. Grill chicken, skin side up, 3 minutes on the hotter side of the grill.  Flip it over and grill 3 minutes on the other side.  Move to the cooler side of the grill, skin side up, cover and grill 15 minutes longer, until an instant read thermometer registers 160* (do not touch the bone).  Let stand, tented with foil, 10 minutes before serving.

adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine, September, 2005

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