Spices for healthy living

Ethiopian Chicken Stew (Doro Wat)

The national dish of Ethiopia is called “Doro Wat” which is a rich chicken stew liberally spiced with Berbere which gives it a deep orange-red color.  Doro Wat is usually served on top of a delicious flat, spongy bread called “Injera” which is made from “Teff” which is an ancient grain that was first cultivated in Ethiopia.  The Injera serves as a kind of plate on which the Doro Wat is placed along with other condiments, lentils, and sometimes eggs.  The food is then eaten by tearing off a piece of Injera and scooping up the Doro Wat with the fingers.


The following recipe for Doro Wat makes four servings and can be prepared in about an hour.


  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dried cilantro or 1/4 cup fresh, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Berbere 
  • 4 hardboiled eggs


  1. Sauté onion in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add chicken, 2 tablespoons of the Berbere, bell pepper, salt and garlic.
  3. Coat chicken well, add tomato paste and water and stir well.
  4. Simmer for 35-45 minutes.
  5. Add cilantro and taste to adjust seasoning.


  • Add a hardboiled egg to each served plate
  • Doro Wat is traditionally served on the Ethiopian flat bread Injera, but alternatively may be served over rice or in a bowl with Naan flat bread on the side.

Doro Wat makes a delicious meal on a cool fall evening or anytime you’re craving something spicy, healthful, and different.  Enjoy!


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