When I was researching recipes to adapt for the Instant Pot, this Ethiopian Chicken Stew was one of the first ones I wanted to try. Anything that benefits from low and slow cooking also often works well cooked super fast under high pressure. It sounds wild, but it’s true.
Ethiopian chicken Stew is one of those dishes that has more flavor than you’d imagine from the number of ingredients it requires. Don’t be intimidated by the Berbere in the ingredients list if you’re not familiar with it. It’s available in the spice sections of most markets, or you can order it online from my favorite place to buy spices, Oaktown Spice Shop!
When made in the Instant Pot, this Ethiopian Chicken Stew doesn’t take much time, either! Add this one to your weeknight dinner repertoire, you won’t regret it.
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Instant Pot Ethiopian Chicken Stew
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: Ethiopian
You won’t believe how much flavor you can get from a dish in such a short amount of time!
- 8 chicken drumsticks ((you can use thighs if you prefer))
- 2 tablespoons Berbere spice, (divided)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup ghee, butter or avocado oil (butter or avocado oil)
- 1 large onion, (minced )
- 5 cloves garlic, (minced)
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups chicken broth (veggie broth, or water)
- 4 hard boiled eggs, (halved )
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- In a large bowl, toss chicken with the salt and 1 tablespoon of the Berbere. Set aside.
- Turn your Instant Pot on Sauté. Once hot, add the ghee,onion,garlic and ginger. Sauté for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until golden brown and softened.
- Add the tomato paste and remaining tablespoon of Berbere. Stir into the onion mixture and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.
- Add the chicken broth and scrape up any bits that have stuck to the bottom. Add the chicken legs.
- Cancel the sauté function and secure the lid to your Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before venting and opening the lid.
- Stir in the lime juice. Serve in shallow bowls over rice or cauliflower “rice”, with a hard boiled egg in each bowl.
Berbere spice can be found in any good spice section, or at your favorite spice market.
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LOVE Doro Wat!!…Could this be done in either a regular pressure cooker…or a Dutch Oven? Sadly, I do not yet own an Insta-Pot! Thank you for providing such delisciousness during the busy pre-holiday period!!
Yes, definitely! In a regular pressure cooker, it should be about the same, I think usually the conversion is just a little bit shorter in a stove top pressure cooker? And in a dutch oven, I’d braise at low heat for about an hour. That’s just off the top of my head so maybe double check by referencing other braised chicken recipes first!
Clemma Nash says
Yummy. A tad spicy for my Wisconsin palate, but great on a cold winter night. I just ate plenty of cauliflower rice with it and loved it. I needed something like this with our record snowfall. Sprinkled some chopped coriander on top for color and flavor.
I hope you’re staying warm over there! Glad you liked this, and let me know if you try it again with less spice and like it better.
so glad you loved it!
Laurie Rasor says
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Would this work with boneless thighs? I have trouble finding organic chicken where I live, but I do have boneless thighs in the freezer.
yep! 10 minutes should do it. It might get a little shredded but that won’t make it any less delicious.
Kit N. says
We LOVED this!! I’ve had the spice in my cabinet for years (courtesy of an Ethiopian friend). I always assumed Doro Wat was too laborious and time consuming. Wow, wow, WOW, this is my favorite use of an instant pot yet. THANK YOU!