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Doro Wat (Spicy Chicken Stew)

Doro Wat a wonderful chicken stew, the national dish of Ethiopia

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Ethiopia and Eritrea
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 486 kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 1 lemon juice of
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 lb. chicken cut into pieces, skinned and pierced to facilitate marinating
  • 4 red onions finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons niter kibbeh or butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fenugreek
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon berbere seasoning
  • 1 small tomato chopped or 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 hard-boiled eggs 1 per person peeled and pierced with a fork or toothpick.


  1. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice and 1/2 the salt and chicken pieces. Let marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large dutch oven, start cooking the onions dry. Stir constantly to avoid sticking or burning. After about 10 minutes add in the niter kibbeh, along with the garlic, ginger, fenugreek, cardamom, nutmeg and remaining salt, berbere and tomato. Stir and simmer for a few minutes, the onions should be translucent but not burnt.
  3. Add in the chicken stock and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Cook for a few minutes then reduce the heat.
  5. Add in the chicken pieces making sure they are covered by the sauce. You can add water or additional chicken stock if necessary. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the chicken is done. Turning the chicken few times during the cooking process.
  6. After the chicken has been cooking for 20 minutes add in pierced hard boiled eggs and make sure they are covered with sauce.
  7. Serve hot, on top of Injera, for a real African treat!
Nutrition Facts
Doro Wat (Spicy Chicken Stew)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 486 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 172mg57%
Sodium 1466mg64%
Potassium 557mg16%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 413IU8%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.