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

27 Reviews for Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken Stew


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

Easy weekday meal with zing

My husband and I are fans of Ethiopian cuisine, and I am used to having lentils or chicken, but we appreciated them together. We couldn't find berbere in my go to market, but they had garam marsala and ground fenugreek, so my husband used the recommended blend. We would add a smidgen more heat next time.

It really needed injera.

A breeze to prepare, very tasty
Needs tweaking for a slow cooker

I couldn't find berbere and used the suggested substitute with garam masala and other spices. The spice level was fine and not too hot. However, red lentils cook fully in about 15 minutes. This meant leaving them in a slow cooker for 8+ hours turned them into complete mush. The resulting texture resembled chicken in a vat of refried beans. Next time, I would leave the lentils out of the slow cooker, make them separately, and add them for a few minutes at the end. Start them right before you start some couscous to put the stew on, and it would probably work fine.

interesting flavor
Amazing flavor and textures! LOVE!

Other reviewers said 5 TBSP is too much, my family and I certainly didn't think so. There are so many wonderful flavor components in the berbere, if you didn't put as much in, I feel the dish would lose it's authentic flavor appeal. Yes it's spicy, but if you eat it with naan or injera, that mellows the spice. We enjoyed this immensely!

Flavor, Easy
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Anonymous wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

the spice mix amount is

the spice mix amount is correct for authentic Ethiopian fare, but may seem excessive to the American taste buds. recipe is correct in my experience. this stew pairs well with ingera, traditional Ethiopian bread. the absorbant texture and bland flavor ot the bread offset the heat nicely.

Fast, easy, delightful!

First, I thought this was a GREAT combination of my favorite Ethiopian lentils and Doro Wat (without all the butter). I didn't find it a overly spicy (in fact, I thought it could have used a little more heat like Doro Wat) and I used the entire 5 Tlbsp. This leads me to believe that berbere spice must vary in its heat level by brand. I would suggest tasting your particular brand of spice before adding it to the recipe and adjusting accordingly.

I used red onions because that's what the recipe called for and I happened to have them on hand. I'm not sure why the recipe calls for the red onions, and I'm not sure they're necessary. My lentils (I cooked my stew for 9 hours on low because that's how long I was gone) fell apart a little more than I would have liked, and that affected the texture. Green or brown lentils might have held up better, but the lentils I love at our Ethiopian recipe are also red. Maybe next time I will braise the chicken instead of cooking it in a slow cooker to see if that helps the texture of the lentils. Regardless, I WILL be making this again! Yum!

Minimal prep, slow cooker recipe, amazing flavor

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