Fresh Harissa & Yogurt Spiced Chicken Sandwiches

Fresh Harissa & Yogurt Spiced Chicken Sandwiches

By JJ Begonia

This is a grilled chicken sandwich that will get your guests fired up. For real, it has a serious kick to it!

Ingredients for the Harissa:

  • 4 fresh cherry peppers

  • 2 fresh habanero peppers

  • 10 mini bell peppers

  • ½ tsp of crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp cumin seed

  • 1 tsp coriander seed

  • 1 tsp caraway seed

  • ½ tsp smoked paprika

  • salt

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp fresh harissa + ½ cup Greek yogurt, mixed (for sauce)


  1. Roast and peel your peppers: Preheat your oven to 450 degrees (Make sure it's clean, or any residue will likely burn!). Place the cherry, habanero, and bell peppers on a sheet pan. Roast in the oven, turning once, for approximately 30 minutes (Timing will depend on the size of your peppers. It could take less time, if they are on the smaller side.), until the skins are charred. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately cover it with a layer of tinfoil, ensuring that no air gets out. Allow to cool long enough that you are able to handle the peppers. Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers, and gently peel away the skins.

  2. While the peppers roast, place the red pepper flakes, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and caraway seeds in a pan set over medium heat. Toast the spices just until fragrant (You will definitely be able to smell this mix!).

  3. Place the peeled peppers, toasted spices, salt, garlic cloves, and lemon juice in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Mix one teaspoon of olive oil into the pepper mixture. Store the harissa in a clean glass jar and top with the additional teaspoon of olive oil, to preserve. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Ingredients for the Spiced Chicken:

  • 2 Tbsp fresh harissa paste

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders (18-24 tenders)


  1. Mix together the harissa, yogurt, and wine. Place the chicken tenders in a shallow baking dish, and top with the yogurt mixture. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Marinate for at least two hours, up to overnight.

  2. To cook the chicken: Fire up your grill! Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip off. Place the chicken on the hot grill, and cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side.

Ingredients for the Sandwiches:

  • Cobblestone Wheat Grinder Sub Rolls

  • cooked chicken tenders


  1. To assemble: Top each roll with grilled chicken and desired vegetables/herbs, and sauce (A little of the sauce goes a long way!)

OPTIONAL TOPPING IDEAS: Sliced Carrots, Cucumber, Cabbage, Pineapple, Basil, Cilantro, Mint & Pickled Vegetables (I used radishes and red onions, that I quick-pickled with a mix of vinegar, water, honey, salt, and garlic).

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