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Easy & Exotic Dinner: Doro Wat Ethiopian Chicken

Easy & Exotic Dinner: Doro Wat Ethiopian Chicken

Much of Ethiopia's cuisine is in the form of stews or wats. These stews are generally paired with a type of flatbread that acts as a serving utensil. For tonight's meal, take your family on a faraway journey to Africa with an authentic chicken stew. Although it takes a little over an hour to prepare, it's simple to make. Serve with a cold beer or sweet Riesling to counteract the spiciness. To travel to Ethiopia in the comfort of your very own kitchen,

Doro Wat Ethiopian Chicken
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3 lb chicken pieces
1/3 cup butter
1 large clove garlic, minced
3 oz. tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 onions, chopped
1 hard boiled egg per person
1 teaspoon berbere seasoning
flatbread, optional for serving

berbere seasoning:
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Make berbere seasoning, mix and store in an airtight container.
  2. Remove skin from chicken, and score chicken meat so that sauce can penetrate meat.
  3. Melt butter in large pot. Saute the onions and garlic for 5 minutes.
  4. Add berbere, and then the tomato paste. Simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in the chicken one piece at a time, stirring so the chicken gets well coated.
  6. Simmer about 20 minutes.
  7. Take out some liquid, stir the peanut butter into the liquid, and then return all to the pot. Stir.
  8. Lightly score the eggs, and gently place in the pot. Cover and continue cooking for 15 more minutes until chicken is done. Serve with flatbread if desired. This will keep in the fridge for several days or can be frozen and reheated.

Serves 4-5.

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unpocojmoney unpocojmoney 9 years
This is currently simmering away on my stove. I noticed there was no instructions for adding the black pepper and chicken stock, so I put it in with the tomato paste and seasoning. It smells great, and a little lick of the spoon revealed that it's pretty spicy (and I did 3 tsp of cayene instead of tbsp). Very excited to taste this!!
bibiruby82 bibiruby82 9 years
That does look good, I'd take this over the cheese dish any day.
studio524 studio524 9 years
This sounds wonderful! I'm a great fan of Moroccan food and I do believe they are similar. I'll definitely be trying this recipe and I'll let you know how it comes out.
HuongStar HuongStar 9 years
I loooove Ethiopian food and I'm sad that the only place nearby that serves it closed down! I'll definitely have to make this dish soon.
AlliJean AlliJean 9 years
Sounds good but I'd leave the hard boiled egg out. I just can't eat those! Now where can I find berbere seasoning?
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
those eggs look delicious! now i'm jonesing for that Spanglish sandwich. lol
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
That sounds really good. Not weird at all, ALSW, I have the same thing about bananas. I like bananas IN stuff, but would gag if I had to eat an actual banana.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Sounds pretty good, but I've learned that even though I really like peanut butter, I don't like it IN things. Weird, huh?
KerryG KerryG 9 years
Yum, that sounds delicious!
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