Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken Stew

From EatingWell.com This chicken stew, generously seasoned with the Ethiopian spice mix berbere, is loaded with tomato and red lentils. Be the first to rate this recipe

Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken Stew
Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken Stew

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    cup(s) red lentils

  • 2 1/2

    pound(s) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

  • 1

    tablespoon(s) butter

  • 2

    teaspoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4

    cup(s) chopped red onions

  • 5

    clove(s) garlic, finely chopped

  • 1

    tablespoon(s) minced fresh ginger

  • 5

    tablespoon(s) berbere spice blend (see Tip)

  • 1/2

    cup(s) dry red wine

  • 1

    can(s) (14-ounce) diced tomatoes

  • 2

    cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth

Directions

Wash lentils in cold water in a medium bowl until the water runs clear; drain and spread in an even layer in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Place chicken on top of the lentils. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter has melted, add onions and cook, stirring often, until soft and translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add berbere and cook, stirring, until very fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in wine, scraping the onion mixture from the bottom of the pan, then stir in tomatoes with their juice. Add the onion mixture to the slow cooker on top of the chicken, then pour in broth. Cover and cook until the chicken is falling-apart tender, 5 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low. Stir the stew to combine. Tip: The secret to the irresistible flavor of this chicken stew is berbere spice blend (find it in well-stocked supermarkets or at teenytinyspice.com). This staple in Ethiopian cooking is a heady mix that usually includes garlic, fenugreek, allspice, red pepper, ginger, chiles, coriander, cinnamon, and black pepper. If you can't find it, use a mixture of 4 tablespoon garam masala, 1 tablespoon hot paprika, 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek, and 1 teaspoon salt in this recipe.

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