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Chicken Berbere

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“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.

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