Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles

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Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles

I hope you all like this recipe, because I nearly lost a finger making it. Literally.

While I was chopping the beet greens, I sliced right through my middle finger. I’m going to spare you go the gory details, but let’s just say that my finger will never look the same again.

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles

Luckily, the blogging community is incredible and I reached out to Joanne from Eats Well With Others who did the same exact thing a few weeks ago with a mandolin. She gave me her phone number, I called her and she told me right away what to do. What a lifesaver!  Also, check out her blog – she makes amazing vegetarian-friendly food.

Phew – that was a close one. I definitely panicked for a while, calling Lu and my mom.

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles

But ya know what? It was all worth it, because this recipe turned out exactly as I hoped it would: spicy, savory and beautiful.

This is my first time posting up a recipe using golden beets, and I want to kick myself for not doing it sooner. It’s actually pretty uncanny how much they look like “real” spaghetti, isn’t it?

Plus, I find they have a slightly sweeter taste than regular beets, which is nice. Mostly, they have that earthy, fresh flavor.

Best part about golden beets? They don’t stain your spiralizer or your hands. That’s reason enough for me to start spiralizing more golden beets. Or, you know… only golden beets from now on.

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles

To make this recipe, make sure you buy beets that still have their green tops attached (think of Bugs Bunny pulling out carrots from the ground by their fluffy green tops – it’s the same with beets!) This is a great way to use the entire vegetable – by chopping off the beet greens and using them like a spinach, the dish leaves no vegetable behind.

I used Mina’s spicy green pepper sauce for an exotic, robust flavor that complements the subtle sweetness of the beets. I love Mina’s harissa sauces, they’re made of fresh, wholesome ingredients – so simple, but so much flavor (and easy to use!) This sauce has only 7 ingredients: green chili pepper, green bell pepper, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, cumin and salt.

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles

I used the pepper sauce to quickly marinade the chicken and then simmered it with olive oil, garlic shallots and chicken broth (to ease the spiciness.) The beet greens absorb the sauce as everything simmers together in a skillet.

I love anything spicy, so this recipe is totally up my alley, but if you’re not much into spice, tone down the spice with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice and a couple teaspoons of honey!

Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles

I’m typing this post like my father types on his laptop – with my pointer fingers only. It’s kind of liberating, actually. Send positive healing vibes my way!

Are you on team red beet or team golden beet?

Note: This post was sponsored by Mina Harissa. However, all opinions are my own.

Nutritional Information & Recipe


Spicy Green Harissa Chicken and Golden Beet Noodles

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 2


  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast cubed
  • 3 tablespoons Mina Harissa Spicy Green Pepper Sauce
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 large shallot peeled, minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large golden beets with green tops attached peeled, Blade C, noodles trimmed and 2 cups of chopped greens reserved
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons minced parsley to garnish


  • Place the chicken in a bowl with the harissa sauce. Set aside.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once the oil heats, add in the garlic and shallots. Let cook for 30 seconds or until garlic is fragrant. Then, add in the chicken with sauce and the chicken broth. Let cook for about 3 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  • Add in the beets, beet greens and season generously with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and cover, letting cook for about 5 minutes, or until beet noodles are al dente. Uncover to toss occasionally.
  • Once done, plate into bowls and top with parsley.

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B Ansel says:
Ouch! Healing vibes sent!! This recipe looks delicious. I've never had golden beets so I figure this is a reason to try them. Thanks!
Thanks - I hope you do try!
Anonymous says:
Great recipe. You need a glove for using the mandolin. You can get one from Williams Sonoma or any cooking store. This is the number one injury in cooking school.
I wasn't using a mandolin, I was using a kitchen knife! But thanks for the tip!
Ohmygosh that's my biggest fear, glad your finger is ok! Hopefully the pain was worth these pretty noodles. They really DO look like spaghetti!
Thanks, Nicole! I'll be okay :)
Shelley carr says:
I couldn't find the green Harissa, so made it with the red. Wow! Great tastes and loved it! I didn't even know what Harissa was, but I think I'll be putting in a lot of things!
It's great - I use it all the time to spice up traditional tomato sauces!
Jean Nightingale says:
Thanks for this post! I was just going to post that I couldn't find the green, but purchased the spicy red - wondered if there were any suggested adjustments when using that instead of the green.
Tracy says:
I shall make this dish as an homage to your finger.
Amanda Forbes Mestdagh says:
Oh no! Hope you're feeling better, Ali. As for the recipe, I made it tonight with great success. Husband rated it among the top five recipes I've made this year - he loves spicy foods too! I couldn't find the same brand of green pepper sauce so I subbed for another variation and added a touch of lemon juice as you suggested since I'm not as big on spicy. I loved getting to cook with a new vegetable. In fact I didn't even know golden beets existed, but they are sure fun. Now I wish I had taken a picture to share. :)
Myrna says:
I LOVE, LOVE golden beets!! The last time I made your Quinoa-bee rice salad (and I LOVE, LOVE that recipe!!!), I used a red beet and a golden beet. Visually it was awesome. I should have taken a picture. Thank you so much for I spiralized.com. I came across you accidently, you inspire me and I bought a spiralized for the betterment of our health.
Myrna - I'm so glad you liked the recipes and even put a twist of your own on them!!
Adriana says:
Just bought the same green harissa and was looking for recipes to use it with! Love this green harissa, golden beet noodles and chicken stir fry! Thanks for the great idea. Green harissa rocks!
Jamie says:
Made this tonight and it was incredible! This was my first time using my new spiralizer AND my new favorite sauce (Thank you for introducing me to Mina Harissa!).
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could you sub beef for chicken for this and if so what kind of beef? Look delicious....!
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