Harissa Hot Wings

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Howdy folks! 😊

Hot Chicken Wings! – Another one of my favourites! 😋 The relationship between the heat of the chilli and the delicious taste of seasoned chicken have a special place in my heart 💕. These wings though, have a bit of an exotic twist, as they are seasoned with Harissa paste.😊

If you’re unfamiliar with Harissa paste, it is a spicy red sauce commonly used in North Africa, made of simple ingredients like red chilies, garlic, vinegar, coriander and cumin mashed together into a paste. 😊 It’s found in many grocery stores, usually in the ‘Sauces’ section, and very convenient to use especially as a marinade. Producing Delicious results! 👌🏾

The Harissa Paste adds a very unique and spicy flavor though it is not very hot, So you are welcome to add hot chili – in line with your tolerance levels. 😉

I promise you’ll like this exotic take on a house hold staple (chicken wings) and it will be a guaranteed hit the next time you host! 😊

If you’re ready to give this a shot….here’s what you’ll need :

Harissa Hot Wings

Recipe by LubayaCourse: Appetizers, MainDifficulty: Medium


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  • 1.2 kg Chicken Wings

  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 1 Tablespoon Harissa Paste

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic powder

  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika

  • 1 cup Corn starch

  • 1 Teaspoon Chili powder (optional)

  • Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Honey

  • 2 Tablespoons Harissa Paste

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Hot Chili Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 Teaspoon smoked Paprika

  • 1 Tablespoon Butter


  • As usual with wings, start by removing with wing tip, and then separating the winglet and the drumlets. Again, this remains optional – however it makes the wings more manageable by hand, and easier to share. 😊
  • Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon Harissa paste, chili powder (if using) and 2 teaspoons vegetable oil. 😊
  • ⛔️The marinade shouldn’t be too wet. Allow the wings to marinade for at least 4 hours, just so the flavor can really infuse. Overnight will be best. 😊
  • In a separate container, mix together the cornstarch (you can also use regular flour if you don’t have cornstarch), paprika, remaining salt, pepper and garlic powder. 😊
  • Lightly dust the wings in the seasoned flour mixture, shaking off the excess. 😊
  • Next, heat your oil in a pan, and fry the wings for about 5 minutes on each side. Make sure there’s enough oil to cover the wings. 😊
  • Remove the wings from the pan and set them aside to drain of any excess oil, while you prepare the honey Harissa sauce. 😊 The draining can also be done by placing the fried chicken on kitchen paper towel. 😊
  • In a pan, melt the butter, and then add the Harissa Paste, Honey, Vinegar and Hot sauce. Let that cook together for about 3 minutes or so, just to let everything come together. 😊
  • Once the sauce comes together, return the wings to the pan and stir them into the sauce. Working quickly, until the wings are completely covered in the sauce. 😊
  • Serve the wings on a platter, and use some fresh herbs to garnish. Enjoy! 😊
  • P.S – Had mine with Potato Salad for lunch! 😋👌🏾

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