Hot Chicken Stew

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: December 18, 2013
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time to make: 2½ to 3 hours.

A note to myself from the first occasion on which I made this recipe says “3 hours to make but worth it!”  Now that I have tried it again, I am still of the same opinion.  If you are a fan of hot, spicy dishes, this is one of the best.  If you are not try Mild Chicken Stew instead.

The basic procedure is:
Marinate the chicken (45 minutes)
Make the sauce (30 minutes)
Add chicken and braise (25 minutes)
Add first round of spices and continue to braise (20 minutes)
Add second round of spices and continue to braise (15 minutes)
Turn off heat, add eggs and let sit for 20 minutes before serving.

Best accompaniment for this dish is lots of injera and a green salad on the side.

Before beginning, check that you have some of the special Ethiopian condiments on hand such as spiced onion, spiced butter, berbere mix and garlic and ginger mix.

Hot Chicken Stew

Hot Chicken Stew

Hot Chicken Stew with hard-boiled eggs
1 whole chicken or equivalent in chicken pieces
2 limes, quartered
2 Tbsp. salt
8 cups red onions, chopped
1 tsp. spiced onion
1 cup olive oil
2 cups berbere dilhie
1 cup dry red wine
½ cup spiced butter
1 Tbsp. ground cardamom
4 Tbsp. garlic and ginger mix
1 Tbsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. allspice
1 tsp. black pepper
6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
Sea salt to taste

Wash and drain the chicken and pat dry.
Marinate in lime, onion and 1 Tbsp. salt for 45 minutes.
(You can use this time to boil the eggs and make the sauce)

In a large pan, brown the onion; stir to keep from burning.
Continue to stir as you add spiced onion and olive oil.
Add wine and berbere mix; cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

Wash and drain the marinated chicken and add to the onion mix.
Continue to simmer for 25 minutes.

Add spiced butter, cardamom and garlic and ginger mix.  Continue simmering for 20 minutes.
Add nutmeg, allspice, black pepper and salt. Continue simmering on low heat for 15 minutes.
Turn off heat.  Add sliced hard-boiled eggs. Let stand 20 minutes.

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