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    Chicken Berbere

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    30 mins

    15 mins

    15 mins

    André Grisell's Note:

    Once, when I was about to make the Ethiopian national dish Zigni, I couldn't find any beef. I used frozen chicken breasts instead, and slightly modified the recipe. I must say that I was stunned at the result! Try to find something better than cooking oil. I used canned duck fat. Don't worry too much about the amount of fat. The other ingredients are virtually fat-free. Recipes for berbere pepper can be found on Recipezaar.

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    1. 1
      Brown the chicken thoroughly on high heat in a skillet in some of the fat. Set aside. Don't put too much meat into the skillet at once, or they won't brown.
    2. 2
      Fry the onion and garlic in additional fat in a pot on medium heat until it is transparent.
    3. 3
      Add berbere pepper and tomato paste and more fat if necessary in order not to burn the berbere.
    4. 4
      Stir for a moment, then add chicken, tomatoes, stock and lemon peel.
    5. 5
      Let simmer, covered, until the chicken is tender but not over-cooked (15-20 min).
    6. 6
      Add salt and pepper to taste.
    7. 7
      Garnish with cilantro stems and serve immediately with rice or on flat bread.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 14, 2008


      fabulous. i used niter kibe (spiced butter) instead of duck fat and it was perfect. would make again and again (and have in fact, to rave reviews! Now if I could only get the teff injera to turn out right we'd be really talking.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken Berbere

    Serving Size: 1 (486 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 659.1
    Calories from Fat 389
    Total Fat 43.2 g
    Saturated Fat 9.0 g
    Cholesterol 147.0 mg
    Sodium 299.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
    Sugars 7.5 g
    Protein 50.8 g

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