Recipe: Doro Wot (Ethiopian Curry)

Doro Wot is a tasty, traditional Ethiopian chicken dish, often quite spicy. It is widely enjoyed at Christmastime, a comforting taste of home for many Ethiopians. This recipe comes to us all the way from Samson, the FH Senior Program Manager for the Sasiga communities.


• 2 tbsp butter 

• 5 red onions, diced 

• 3 eggs 

• 3 tbsp berbere spice mix* We’ve adjusted the amount here to add a “nice kick”—traditionally, Ethiopians add (much, much) more!

• 2 tsp dried oregano 

• 3 cloves garlic, minced

• 3 pounds boneless chicken thighs

Berbere spice is available at many Canadian grocery stores, but if you’re having trouble finding it, you can make your own blend!

8 tsp pure red chile powder OR 2 Tbs cayenne pepper
3 Tbs paprika
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
¾ tsp cardamom
1 tsp fenugreek
1 tsp ginger
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp allspice
¼ tsp cloves
½ tsp black pepper
1 Tbs salt


  1. In a large stewing pot, melt butter over low heat. Finely chop onions and add to the pot. Cover and cook on low heat, stirring frequently and adding a tbsp of water at a time to prevent onions from sticking or burning. Cook until translucent, about 30 minutes (yes—low and slow!).
  2. While the onions cook, hard boil the eggs. Peel and set aside.
  3. When onions are translucent and soft, add berbere spice and stir well. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add oregano, garlic, and butter. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add a tbsp of water at a time if sticking occurs. Onions should cook down to a paste during this process.
  4. Slice chicken thighs into 1 in cubes and add to onion mixture. Cook on low-medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently (and adding water if sticking occurs or if sauce loses moisture).
  5. When chicken is cooked, remove the pot from heat. Serve with injera (Ethiopian flat bread) or over rice. Garnish with sliced boiled eggs.



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Food for the Hungry: Recipe: Doro Wot (Ethiopian Curry)
Recipe: Doro Wot (Ethiopian Curry)
Doro Wot is a tasty, traditional Ethiopian chicken dish, often quite spicy. It is widely enjoyed at Christmastime, a comforting taste of home for many
Food for the Hungry
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