Harissa chicken with pistachios

Harissa chicken with pistachio and olives

This recipe again was inspired by Jamie Oliver and after a few tweaks it suits us perfectly which is nice, I think for me, recipe books are often a great starting point and I really like Jamies cooking apart from it being kitchen based. This was all cooked on my Kamado Joe classic 3 in my bbq shack.


  • 1 Pot of mixed colour cherry tomatoes about 250 gm
  • 25 gm shelled pistachio nuts not salted, these are easy to find with baking goods
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • seasoning
  • decent bunch or fresh coriander
  • 10 green olives stoned, I hate stoning olives so I but a pot of already stoned in oil
  • 2 chicken breast skinless and bashed a little flatter 🙂 technical term that
  • 2 people portion of couscous for us thats about 400 gm but we keep the rest for another day
  • 4 tbsp harissa paste from a jar, I really love this stuff so I am never stingy
  • Olive oil



Heat your bbq up to about 180c and once to temp pop on the flattened chicken and season with salt and pepper. Also pop on your smaller cast iron pan and add some olive oil. Cut the tomatoes in half and pop into the oil for cook off. These will only take about 5 minutes so just enough time to prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Make the couscous, I use chicken stock instead of water.

Chop the coriander and the nuts and slice the garlic, add the olives and chop roughly, Once the tomatoes are done remove them from the pan and set aside. Pop the chopped bits into the pan and cook for 3 or 4 minutes

Keep an eye on the chicken and when half done turn over and rub the harissa past over the breast, cook until done and at least 73c but this wont take long with thin chicken.

Serve the chicken on a plate with couscous and tomatoes and then pour the nut mixture over the chicken.

Absolute perfection on a plate with very sensible calories.


Anything could be served with this chicken dish. We have done mini roasties before and new potatoes and they were both fab but I think the juicy tomatoes are a must with this dish. If you dont like olives its no bid deal, I think they look pretty cool and I enjoy them.

If you cooked this or any of my recipes then please do let me know how it went, I would love some feedback.