Moroccan Mustard Chicken

In Friday's harissa recipe I promised that I would follow up with some ideas on how to put that pepper paste to good use. Well, allow me to introduce you to the recipe that inspired me to finally make my own harissa. A recipe so good that I made it twice in two weeks and my husband keeps asking for more. This Moroccan Mustard Chicken is from Nisrine over at the gorgeous blog Dinners and Dreams (if you haven't discovered this blog then go check it out. I'll be here when you get back!). She wrote it for the Boston Globe, and as soon as I saw it I bookmarked it. And couldn't stop thinking about it. I decided that it was special enough that store-bought harissa just wouldn't do. Which is why I made it from scratch. (See? Full circle.)

Moroccan Mustard Chicken Recipe

I'm not sure if there are words to describe how insanely delicious this dish is. It's luscious and comforting, but elegant and far from heavy. The flavors play off one another - a hint of heat balanced by a dash of cream and tangy mustard. I've made it with and without mint, and both are good. You can even substitute harissa for cayenne if you like, and I suspect you can leave it out entirely and it would still be incredible. I added more harissa than the recipe called for, but I think it all depends on your harissa and your taste buds.

Moroccan Mustard Chicken Recipe

Since I made this twice and barely changed a thing, I'll just let you head on over to Dinners and Dreams (and then in turn to the Boston Globe) to get the recipe. Nisrine gave me her blessing to post my photos and direct you to her blog. It was just too good not to share! Serve with a generous portion of couscous mixed with plenty of fresh chopped parsley or cilantro. In other news, Maureen over at Orgasmic Chef did a profile on me for Food Writer Fridays! Hers is another great blog that you must check out (and she's the genius behind the Easy Recipe plugin I use!). Thanks Maureen for the feature πŸ™‚


  1. I absolutely loved the presentation katherine. Very elegant and tempting πŸ™‚

  2. I am popping in from Celi’s blog to say shalom!

  3. An absolutely stunning dish, they looks so flavourful. Lucky that PolaM introduced your blog otherwise I will miss alot of good food posts!

  4. Very easy recipe … I will try when I get back from my business trip!

  5. Thanks for the link to get to the details of this flavorful dish-it looks tasty!
    Also, popping on over to see your feature.

  6. Wow, judging by how excited you are about this recipe it really must be amazing! Maybe I should try making harissa myself as well. The best one I have ever tried was ten years ago in Tunisia and none was able to hold a candle to this so far!


    • Haha, yes, I am quite excited about this recipe. It really is that good! And definitely give making harissa a try. You can try to find a Tunisian recipe that will come close to your memory of it. So cool that you got to visit Tunisia!

  7. Wow looks beautiful.. This sure makes anyone hungry πŸ™‚

  8. This is another beautiful dish. As always, your photos are just fantastic!

  9. Yuuuum! I love these flavors. Sounds like a wonderful weeknight meal!

    • Thanks Cassie!! I was immediately drawn to the flavors in this and I will definitely be going back for more πŸ™‚

  10. That sounds phenomenal! Saucy spicy chicken is one of my favorite ways to eat it!

  11. This looks absolutely scrumptious, and I definitely think I could convince the fiance to try it out. Lots of new flavors for this Southern girl… can’t wait!

    • Oh I hope you do convince the fiancΓ© to try it out πŸ˜€ It’s seriously amazing and I know you’ll love it!

  12. Oh! I have this recipe bookmarked too! Nice job with this – and thanks for the link to the interview. I’m off to read it!

    • Haha that is too funny! Great minds think alike πŸ™‚ Well, I highly recommend it! And I hope you enjoy the profile πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Katherine!

    I was looking for a recipe as such. Lots of people have been telling me how awesome moroccan food is, my knowledge is a bit limited to taboulΓ©. Cant wait to try it out. thanks for sharing!

    • Moroccan food is just wonderful!! This dish is actually somewhat different from most Moroccan recipes I’ve seen but sooooo good! I really hope you give this and other Moroccan food a try, I know you’ll love it!

  14. If I knew this is not spicy at all I would be cooking this right away – it’s hard to tell from the photos and I mean this looks really good!! We’re so lucky to be surrounded by good food blogs where we can try all kinds of new recipes and learn about them. I’m new to Moroccan food so it was fun to read. Off to Maureen’s site!

    • Nami you can easily leave out the harissa and it will still be delicious (and I mean delicious!!) and not at all spicy. Also even with the harissa it was barely spicy since the mustard and cream really counteract the heat.

  15. This looks delicious! I adore harrisa and love the idea of using some in this creamy dish…

  16. I just want to dig a big spoon into that. Tender chicken in a creamy sauce with a kick. Winter nights are made for dishes like that. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you Carolyn! It’s so true, they really are. It’s rainy and disgusting here right now and I could totally go for a big plate of this!

  17. Fantastic! Love that creamy sauce…just delectable!

  18. That does look like a wonderful family meal. And how fabulous to cook it with your own harissa. The dish looks great to me and I must print off your recipe.

    • Thanks so much! I loved having my own harissa on hand and must make more already. It would also be great with store-bought harissa, or even without it entirely!

  19. Indeed, a luscious recipe and perfect use for your harissa…

    I usually opt for dark meat to make this type of dish, but with your strong recommentationI will do it exactly as written and use chicken breasts.

    what s next for your harissa? a traditional. couscous? πŸ™‚

    • Sally, dark meat would be excellent here as well but the white meat really did stay perfectly moist. Good question – I think a traditional couscous may have to be next! That’s something I want to make from scratch as well… πŸ˜‰

  20. I love a bit of spice so this is right up my alley. your photos are wonderful!

  21. This looks so delicious! I loved Moroccan cuisine when I spent time there as a child, and mustard has always been one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing this dish!

    • Thank you Kiri! That is so cool that you spent time in Morocco as a child. I also love Moroccan cuisine and mustard, which is why I knew I’d love this πŸ™‚

  22. Hey there, I just wanted to let you know I tried your Hollandaise and got rave reviews! It was really easy to follow, and was my first ever attempt. Thank you for such great work πŸ™‚

    • Oh Abby I am so happy to hear that! You’ve made my day and I just noticed you posted about it as well πŸ™‚

  23. Oh, this looks so creamy and wonderful! Off to see the recipe πŸ™‚

  24. I’ve done mustard chicken before but it’s really simple, I would love to give your recipe a try and by the way what a great blog with a funny name! haha

    • Mustard chicken is classic and delicious and this is a nice variation on it. Isn’t Maureen’s blog great! I know, the Orgasmic Chef. She gets your attention all right! πŸ˜‰

  25. The chicken is beautiful! I’m also subscribed to Dinners and Dreams….her photos are stunning and very unique!

  26. Just hand me a fork! Your dish definitely presents this recipe as a real winner and you certainly sold it! Twice in one week – that’s enough for me!

  27. Mmmmm… Deliciousness!! I did check out Maureen’s post on you. So nice to learn more about you and your adventures!!

  28. wow, this chicken looks so delicious and flavorful! yum!

  29. Katherine, I always enjoy your dishes! And this Moroccan chicken looks absolutely delicious!

  30. Can’t wait to try this, Katherine! I’ve been jonesing for a new meat dish. Thanks!

  31. I love spicy meats! I just bookmarked this.

  32. This look divine. Thanks for helping me discover another awesome blog!

  33. Faye Levy

    Beautiful! This sounds delicious. You could say it’s a spicier version of French chicken dijonnaise, which I love.

  34. This does look totally delicious Katherine and a great way to use harrissa

  35. The pictures, and your gushing praise, make me want to put my other dinner plans on hold for tonight! I’ll wait until tomorrow, but then it seems I’ll be making my own harissa too, as I just emptied out the jar last week! Thanks Katherine…Theresa

    • Thanks Theresa!! It’s so good I made it yet again this week! I tried it without the harissa this time and it was still good but not as good – time to make some more! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did πŸ™‚

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