Doro wat (Ethiopian chicken stew)

Doro wat (Ethiopian chicken stew)

10 mins Prep · 105 mins Cook

Orit Mohammed, owner of Boon Coffee Roasters, shares her recipe for this traditional Ethiopian dish

Created by Spinneys
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 105 minutes
Serves 6
Cuisine African
Diet Family Friendly
Preparation Moderate
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 243
Fat 18.8g
Saturates 9.5g
Protein 7.7g
Carbs 13.2g
Sugars 5.5g
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Cooking Instructions

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Juice the lemon. Peel and chop the onions. Peel and finely chop the ginger and garlic.


Place the chicken legs in a large bowl and pour the lemon juice over the chicken, making sure all of it is covered. Set aside to marinate.


Place a large, heavy-bottomed pot over a medium-low heat. Add 2 tbsp of clarified butter to the pot and heat. Add the onions and sweat them down for approx. 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until they have a jam-like consistency. Add the remaining clarified butter and half the berbere spice mix, followed by the ginger and garlic. Fry until fragrant. Add more berbere spice mix to increase the heat.


Add the chicken to the pot along with the water or chicken stock. Simmer over a low heat for 20 minutes then sprinkle the garam masala over the chicken. Continue cooking for a further 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Boil and peel the eggs. Add these to the pot, ensuring they are submerged in the stew.


Serve the doro wat immediately with injera (Ethiopian bread), or rice.