Ready to Cook from Publix – Harissa Chicken

Last night I made Harissa Chicken, a fancy but easy meal from Publix’s ready-to-cook section, and added a spiced green bean dish on the side. Total cook time was about 30 minutes and everything was delicious!

publix harissa chicken dinner kit instructions

 

On the Menu: Harissa Chicken over Rice with Bhindi Masala Green Beans and Onions

I started by laying out all my ingredients from the dinner kit. The meal clearly says it comes with asparagus, but on closer inspection, I noticed Publix seems to have forgotten to add that. Funny thing was, I was actually going to leave that out because I don’t like asparagus. However, if it is in the photo and the first ingredient listed on the package, I do still expect to see it in the box!

harissa chicken from publix
Hey Publix! See? No asparagus!

Next I prepped for my side dish and chopped half a Vidalia onion in small slices and gathered the green beans, oil and spices for the Bhindi Masala dish from Arora Creations. (this is totally optional and does not come with the kit)

indian green beans and onions

Easy Cooking Instructions:

First put a little oil in the pan, cook the chicken completely and then cut into small pieces. Then add the chicken to the sauce and let it simmer on low.

Next mix together zucchini and squash mix, rice, dried apricots and 1/2 tbsp of butter. Microwave 3 min.

While that’s microwaving, make your side dish:

Put 1/2 cup olive oil in a big pan with the green beans and cook them for 4 min. on medium heat before adding the spice packet. Then cook them for 5 more minutes so they get good and flavored with the spices. Remove beans with tongs so you leave the spiced oil in the pan.

Next add the onions and sauté until soft. When the onions are ready, add the green beans back to pan and fold into onions. Give them a couple minutes to meld flavors.

Time to plate!

Now take the rice mix out of microwave and top with chicken and sauce.

Add green beans on the side and sprinkle everything with the sliced almonds.

And done! Yum!

I have really liked all the meals I’ve gotten from the Publix Ready-to-Cook section. Have you guys tried any? Let me know! I’m curious if the chicken and dumplings slow cooker one is any good.

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12 thoughts on “Ready to Cook from Publix – Harissa Chicken

  1. I miss Publix!! They have the best fried chicken in any grocery store ever. This looks good but way too hard when you can just buy their fried chicken and be so happy. 🙂

  2. Chicken and dumplings was ok but not great, it was plentiful though but my children do not like leftovers

  3. I purchased Harissa Chicken with Asparagus, dried apricots, slivered almonds and basmati rice. It did not come with any instructions. I used your set of instructions for everything except the green beans because it all looked similar. Glad to have found this. Annoyed with Publix for not including instructions.

    1. SAME HERE! I WAS MISSING 3 OF THE INGREDIENTS PLUS THE RECIPE. SO GLAD I FOUND THIS RECIPE ONLINE. IT WAS PRETTY GOOD EVEN THOUGH I HAD TO SUBSTITUTE BROCCOLI AND SNOWPEAS WITH THE MISSING ASPARAGUS AND GREEN BEANS.
      PLUS I DIDN’T GET ANY ONIONS WITH MY MEAL KIT.I THOUGHT IT LOOKED QUITE SMALL FOR A MEAL FOR 2. THANK GOD I HAD EXTRA VEGGIES & SALAD TO SERVE BEFORE HAND.
      ALSO, I DIDN’T HAVE A FLAVOR PACKET EITHER. Oye..
      NOW I KNOW TO CHECK (BEFORE LEAVING PUBLIX) FOR ALL THE INGREDIENTS.

    2. That happened to me today! I was really upset. So I started to google and ended up here. Boy am I glad I did. I did not want or feel like going back to Publix to see what they would have done…

      1. I wrote this post a while ago and it has become the #1 searched post on my blog all because Publix can’t seem to get this meal packaged with all the ingredients! I’m totally surprised it has gone on this long.

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