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


One of my family's favorites! Added tumeric, saffron, diced tomatoes, and carrots. Worked up to the 5 tablespoons of bebere eventually!!

Very healthy and delicious!

I used only 3 tablespoons and less than 3 lbs of chicken. it was still spicey but tolerable. It was too much meat for me even at less than 3 lbs. Still I loved it and will make it regularly.

healthy, delicious, easy to prep
The smell is out of this world

I have not even tasted this dish yet and I couldn't help myself I had to do a review. If this dish tastes as good as it smells I'm sure I will be making it often. I didn't take the time to read the other reviews but a little tip to add to the tip for the ber ber spice. I didn't go to the website that was recommended but i did shop around online for fenugreek because I couldn't find it in stores. Tip for those who can't find fenugreek go to an Indian grocery store. I basically got a lifetime supply for $1.49 when all other vendors I checked were charging from $9.00 all the up to $20.00. I'll update this when I taste.

So Flavorful!

This is one of our all-time favorite new recipes. We had the spices on hand that we purchased from a specialty shop in Vermont. It can easily be ordered online. I doubled the amount of ginger and garlic listed for even more flavor. It was way too spicy for my 5 year old, but my husband and I have been eating it for days. Well worth stirring in chopped parsley before serving. It adds a punch of freshness.

Big flavor, nutritious, spicy
Way too much berbere

I followed this recipe exactly. I'm not familiar with berbere so I used it exactly as indicated. Five tablespoons of it rendered the dish inedible. I'll make the same recipe today but I'll try one tablespoon of berbere. Though I and my family like spicy and even very hot foods, the result here tells me something is way off. Perhaps there are different strengths of berbere?

Pleasant aroma, easy to prepare,
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Anonymous wrote 39 weeks 6 days ago

I think you may be right. I

I think you may be right. I bough my berbere from local natural foods store and with 5 tablespoons it was spicy but on the upper limit of my ability. I do eat spicy food. You can also make your own berbere mix (there are plenty of recipes online) and go easy on chile in it.

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