Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  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. Fry the onion and garlic in additional fat in a pot on medium heat until it is transparent.
  3. Add berbere pepper and tomato paste and more fat if necessary in order not to burn the berbere.
  4. Stir for a moment, then add chicken, tomatoes, stock and lemon peel.
  5. Let simmer, covered, until the chicken is tender but not over-cooked (15-20 min).
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Garnish with cilantro stems and serve immediately with rice or on flat bread.


Most Helpful

As written, this is inedible because there is WAY too much Berbere. This recipe is a promising start, but I'd recommend using only a teaspoon of spice and working your way up. Berbere is almost entirely cayenne pepper. I want to salvage the leftovers, so I'm going to add a ton of sour cream. Hopefully that will keep it from being painful to eat.

k.s.reck May 17, 2016

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.

bethany February 14, 2008

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