Moroccan Harissa Chicken Wings

Moroccan Harissa Chicken Wings
15 min
45 min
6 - 8 servings

These baked chicken wings are coated in flavorful, mildly spicy harissa, a North-African condiment with a beautiful brick-red color. Tossing the wings with baking powder before cooking produces extra-crispy skin without frying. For larger chicken wings, simply cook them an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the desired level of crispiness is reached.



lb(s) chicken wings, split at the joint, wingtips removed and discarded
tsp baking powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
dried New Mexico chiles (2 oz), stems removed
dried guajillo chiles (1 ½ oz), stems removed
tsp whole coriander seeds
tsp whole cumin seeds
cup vegetable oil
cloves garlic, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
cup salt-cured black olives, pitted and halved
cup fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
bunch radishes, greens discarded


Step 1

Put one-third of the wings in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon baking powder and toss until evenly coated. Use tongs to spread the wings on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining chicken wings and baking powder in two batches. Liberally sprinkle both sides of the wings with salt and pepper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Meanwhile, make the harissa: Tear open the chiles and discard the seeds. (You may leave the seeds in if you prefer a spicy harissa.) Tear the chiles into large pieces and place them in a medium bowl. Pour 4 cups boiling water over the chiles and let stand until softened, about 20 minutes.

Step 3

Put the coriander and cumin seeds in a small skillet and cook, swirling often, over medium heat, until the seeds are fragrant and lightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the spices to a blender, add the oil, garlic, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon kosher salt, then puree until smooth. Using tongs, add the chiles to the blender along with 1 cup of their soaking liquid (discard the rest) and puree until very smooth, about 2 minutes on high. Season the harissa with pepper and set aside while you finish the wings.

Step 4

Bake the wings, turning once halfway through, until golden brown and cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes.

Step 5

For the salad: Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from 1 orange, avoiding the white pith, and cut it into very thin strips; transfer to a medium bowl. Using a knife, remove the white pith from both oranges, then cut the fruit crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Add the orange rounds to the bowl along with the olives, mint and oil and toss to combine. Slice the radishes into thin wedges and toss with the orange mixture; let stand for 15 minutes.

Step 6

Transfer the hot wings to a large bowl and pour 1 1/2 cups of the harissa over, tossing to coat evenly. Transfer the wings to a platter and serve with the orange, olive and radish salad on the side. Serve the remaining harissa on the side for dipping or reserve for another use.

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