This is an easy introduction to Ethiopian-style cooking. It's a flavorful and spicy stew that's best enjoyed by scooping up bites with traditional Ethiopian injera bread, which can be found at some African markets.

4 servings

Prep: 10 min.
Cook: 1 hour



This dish is very spicy. If you like it less spicy, just cut back on the Berbere. You can also make this dish with bone-in chicken parts with the skin removed. Feel free to experiment with beef, tofu or lamb. Any protein works! Also, see our recipe to make your own ghee.


Heat ghee over medium heat in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add onions and garlic, and saute until translucent, about 5 min. Add Berbere, ginger, black pepper, chicken stock and tomato sauce, and simmer for 15 min. Add chicken to pot, stirring to ensure chicken pieces are fully coated, and simmer for 20 min. Remove a small amount of sauce into a bowl and combine it with the peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Return the sauce and peanut butter mixture to the pot. Lightly score the eggs (so they can soak up the sauce) and add them to the pot. Continue simmering until chicken is cooked through, about 10 to 20 min., depending how big your chicken pieces are.


With traditional Ethiopian injera bread (or tortillas) and one hard boiled egg per person. Also good on rice.

Kate Wheeler, Savory Spice – Santa Fe, NM owner




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5 stars 8/7/16 srboyd11
Purchased Berbere Ethiopian seasoning in Santa Fe from the author of this recipe. The only difficult part of preparation was making the clarified butter, as I have never done that before. But it was well worth the effort! Tasted great, will repeat soon. Should be a good meal to serve to groups.
Test Kitchen Response: Thanks for the review! We love this dish too. Glad you were up for making your own clarified butter. We like to make double or triple batches of the clarified butter whenever we make it so that we have extra already made for future recipes. It keeps for a long time in the fridge.
5 stars 7/10/14 Dandylines
Excellent! Definitely will be making this one. I cut the recipe in about half for 2 people. Used about 1.5 of chicken which was more than enough. Changes made: we did not have any clarified butter, I used canola oil. I cut the spice in half as suggested (to 2 Tbs.) and probably would cut it again to 1 Tbs. to 1.5 Tbs. Be sure to use a good quality peanut butter without added sugar. We used Smuckers.