Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken Stew

January/February 2012

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This spicy chicken stew, generously seasoned with the Ethiopian spice mix berbere, is loaded with tomato and red lentils. Depending on brand, berbere spice blend can be rather spicy. For a less spicy stew, start with 3 tablespoons spice blend rather than 5.

Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken Stew

26 Reviews for Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken Stew

Use the blender

Slow cooker not the method for this.
Lentils would have been better cooked separately.

ok taste
too time consuming for the result

I rated the Chicken and Stout Slow Cooker Stew last week and find this recipe similar in the prep time, which for me was well over one hour. Add another 1/2 hr for clean up. But the big problem I had was with the spiciness as others have said here. I also used 3 Tbsp of Berbere from the TeenyTinySpice Company and found it WAY too spicey, especially for the guests I had over, and I like spicey food. Foolishly, I did not read the spice can itself before I started which recommended starting with 2 Tbsp of spice for a normal recipe. It would likely have been much better with just the 2 Tbsp. I think EATING WELL should caution about using 5 Tbsp of Berbere. It would totally be inedibile with 5. The 2nd criticism is that the lentils were very mushy and on the plate it did kind of look a mess. I served with salad, couscous and naan. (probably one or the other would be best, couscous OR naan) All in all, unfortunately, I did not think this dish was worth the effort.

chicken moist/tender
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Anonymous wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

do not - i repeat do not use

do not - i repeat do not use the 5 tbsps. of the berbere - i would only use 1 tbsp - holy mackerel my husband made this for me last night and it was inedible - he is a wonderful cook and felt so bad - it wasn't that it was just too spicy it was just TOO DARN SPICY to consume - you would have ruined your stomach lining - thanks goodness for take out chinese - the smell is wonderful but if you can't taste the food for the spice what's the point


This was excellent. I bought the Teeny Tiny spice Co. Berbere off the internet and used 3 TBSP which was about right, had medium high chili heat. We had it with Quinoa pear salad, but some bread would have been better.

need to play around with the spice mixture

I didn't have berbere spice blend, so I used their substitution of garam masala, etc. While it was cooking, it had a strong cinnamon smell. I thought I would hate the dish but it was ok. I used "masoor dal," which I believe are split red lentils. I had no problem with the dish coming out like refried beans although the lentils certainly did cook down. I think I'd like this better with less garam masala and maybe some cumin or curry. I thought green peppers would be good too. I used about half as much red onion as they suggested; I think yellow onion would work fine too. I had no red wine, so I skipped that. All in all, I like the use of red lentils; I would just alter the spices in the future.

chicken and lentil combination is great
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Anonymous wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

How can you even rate the

How can you even rate the recipe, since what you made is so far off from the original?


Served over quinoa as suggested in the magazine. Very good! Spicy but not overpowering. Definitely will make again.


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