site stats

Doro Wat (Ethiopian Spicy Braised Chicken)


  • Berbere Sauce
  • 1(8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1⁄4cup paprika
  • 1⁄4cup dry red wine
  • 1tablespoon gingerroot, grated (may substitute 1 tsp ground ginger)
  • 1 -2teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1⁄8teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1⁄8teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1⁄8teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1⁄8teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄8teaspoon ground allspice
  • For the chicken
  • 2medium onions, chopped
  • 3garlic cloves, minced
  • 2tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1⁄2teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1broiler-fryer chicken, cut up (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
  • 1⁄4cup dry red wine
  • ethiopian flat bread


  • For the berbere:.
  • Combine the tomato sauce, paprika, 1/4 cup red wine, grated gingerroot, ground ginger, red pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice.
  • Set the red pepper sauce aside.
  • For the chicken:.
  • In a large skillet cook the onion and garlic in hot oil until the onion is tender but not brown.
  • Stir in the red pepper sauce, turmeric, and 1 tsp salt.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the skillet. Spoon the onion mixture over the chicken pieces. Bring the mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup dry red wine. Cook, uncovered, about 15 minutes; turn chicken pieces often. Skim off the fat, and serve with Ethiopian Flat Bread.


  • DailyInspiration

    Loved this dish! The sauce is so aromatic with all the warm spices; although, I only used 1/2 tsp. red pepper. Used thighs and drumsticks as we prefer dark meat — so flavorful. Will definitely make this dish again as it is so easy to make and the results are wonderful! Made for the 1-2-3 Tag, February, 2012.

  • rpgaymer

    LOVE THIS. I have a doro wat recipe that I've been using for a while, but this one is so much better. That sauce is incredible, and it smells so good while it's cooking. I used 8 drumsticks instead a whole chicken, and the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender. My sister-in-law said it was the best thing I've ever made! Thanks for sharing.

  • awalde

    My family was more than happy with this meal! They said they enjoy my “online games” very much!
    I’ve prepared this after deskinning und cutting the chicken. The rich sauce was tasty and flavorful.
    Done for ZWT8. Thanks Breezermom!

  • MomLuvs6

    My family gave this 5 stars. All enjoyed the flavor of the berbere sauce and chicken. Served with Injera (Ethiopian Flat Bread) #455607. The only thing I changed was using a 1/2 tsp of ground red pepper. Thank You. Made for ZWT7~Emerald City Shakers.

  • loof

    Loved this great chicken dish! The sauce is so rich and flavorful with all those spices; I used 1 t cayenne and it had a very nice spicy kick. I used boneless skinless breasts and they were delicious – thanks for sharing the recipe!