Spicy Chicken in Three Parts

Spicy Chicken in Three Parts
Serves 6-8

Eisav had three wives (one of whom was named Basmat, Spice) and this chicken has 3 components: herb grilled chicken, harissa (hot sauce), and hummus. For those who prefer a milder version, serve accompanied by a slice of lemon without the harissa.



  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tblsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken cut into large chunks

Directions for chicken

  1. Mix olive oil and herbs in a gallon plastic bag and add chicken chunks. Toss well.
  2. Marinate 4 hrs. to overnight, turning at least once.
  3. To grill or broil, thread the chicken on skewers or place on the oiled grate or pan. Salt.
  4. Grill over moderately high heat or broil until cooked through, about 14-15 min.
  5. Chicken can be served on skewers or removed.

(You can also purchase prepared harissa or schug and skip the following section)

Ingredientsrsz harissa spices copy

  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 2 roasted red peppers from a jar, drained.
  • 1 red Thai chili with seeds, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3 Tblsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tblsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions for Harissa

  1. Toast the seeds in a small skillet on moderately high heat for about 2 min. They should smell fragrant.
  2. When cool, grind to a powder.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until very smooth.
  4. Season with salt and transfer to a bowl.


I suggest purchasing the hummus but you can make your own with canned or raw chickpeas. Here's a version with canned chickpeas.


  • 5-1/4 cups of drained, canned chickpeas
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 heaping Tblsp. tahini
  • 2 Tblsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2-1/2 Tblsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • freshly ground pepper

Directions for Hummus

  1. Drain the canned chickpeas and rinse until the water runs clear.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.


Arrange the chicken on a platter and present with harissa and hummus on the side. Serve with couscous or rice.

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