The ideal dish for a warm summer evening eating alfresco – Grilled Buttermilk-Harissa Chicken with zesty Pomegranate Slaw. By marinating the chicken tenderloins in the buttermilk and Harissa mix before grilling, it not only helps to tenderize the meat but infuses it deeply with the wonderfully warm, spicy harissa flavor.
The tenderloins are then grilled until they’re charred and smoky on the outside and super succulent inside. Paired with a zingy slaw with bursts of pomegranate strewn through like little red jewels, this dish is an absolute winning flavor and texture combination with minimal fuss and ingredients!
Spices used in this recipe
North African Harissa – Hot
Tunisian Harissa is an integral ingredient in North African cuisine. It has an orangey-red and vibrant colour and scent. It is made from chillies, garlic, and various other spices and is characterized by its grainy consistency and tangy, slightly smokey flavour. It is often used as a paste or condiment by mixing a little olive oil and a dash of lemon juice.$3.45
Season your chicken tenderloins all over with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine the harissa, garlic, and buttermilk and toss the tenderloins in the mix to coat them well. Set aside, out of the fridge but covered, for 20 minutes.
Place a heavy-based griddle pan on med-high heat. Drizzle the marinated tenderloins with a generous amount of olive oil to avoid them sticking and place on the griddle. Cook, turning regularly until they’re nice and charred on the outside and cooked inside – about 10 minutes all up.
This step would work just as well on a BBQ if you have the option!
Remove the chicken from the heat and set it aside to rest. In the meantime, combine the shredded cabbage, carrot, mint, and pomegranate seeds in a bowl and toss through the lime juice, a generous drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Serve alongside each other and enjoy!