Harissa-rubbed chicken with seared romaine and artichoke tapenade

Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free

2 Servings, 700 Calories/Serving

30 – 40 Minutes

If you've never had charred romaine, you've got a good thing coming. The lettuce caramelizes in the pan, highlighting its natural sweetness. The crevices between the leaves serve as pockets to collect the artichoke tapenade and basil vinaigrette. Our custom spice rub, inspired by the North African condiment harissa, adds even more bold flavor to the simple pan-cooked chicken breasts.


  • Two 8-ounce wing-on chicken breasts
  • Harissa spice rub (harissa powder - granulated garlic - sweet smoked paprika)
  • Peeled fresh garlic
  • 2 ounces roasted red peppers
  • 2 ounces quartered cooked artichoke hearts
  • 3 tablespoons Kalamata olives
  • 3 tablespoons Marcona almonds
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • Fresh basil
  • 1 romaine heart



Season the chicken

  • Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Rub the chicken all over with the harissa spice rub; season generously with salt and pepper.
Let the chicken stand while you prepare the tapenade and vinaigrette.


Make the artichoke tapenade

  • Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 1 teaspoon.
  • Scrape off any seeds from the roasted red peppers; coarsely chop the peppers.
  • Coarsely chop the artichoke hearts, olives, and almonds.
  • Strip the parsley leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.
  • Zest and juice the lemon, keeping the zest and juice separate; set aside the juice for the vinaigrette.
In a small bowl, stir together the garlic, red peppers, artichokes, olives, and almonds. Alternatively, combine them in a food processor and pulse 2 or 3 times to make a coarse paste.
Stir in the parsley, lemon zest, and 2 teaspoons oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Make the basil vinaigrette

  • Strip basil leaves from the stems; finely chop the leaves.
In another small bowl, stir together the basil, 1½ tablespoons lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons oil. Season to taste with salt.


Cook the chicken and romaine

  • Trim the root end from the romaine heart; cut romaine in half lengthwise.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil until hot but not smoking. Add the chicken, skin side down, and cook until the skin is well browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn and cook until the meat is firm and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes, depending on thickness. Transfer to a plate. Do not clean the pan.
If the pan is dry, add 1 teaspoon oil and warm over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the romaine, cut sides down, and cook until browned and slightly wilted, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.



Transfer the chicken and romaine to individual plates. Garnish with the artichoke tapenade, drizzle with the basil vinaigrette, and serve.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 700, Protein: 43 g, Total Fat: 52 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 34 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 8 g, Cholesterol: 130 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 6 g, Added Sugar: 0 g, Sodium: 700 mg
Contains: tree nuts

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