Spiced Berbere Ethiopian Chicken, Vegetables & Quinoa

Berbere Chicken

It may not be the prettiest food you have ever seen, but it sure is tasty!

If you have taken a whiff of berbere, you know there’s a kick to it.

I will admit it, my kids thought it was too spicy, but Optimist and I loved it!

I tweaked the recipe found here.

Here’s one secret, I don’t like Brussels Sprouts, but in this dish, I love them (because I can’t taste their original flavor!)

***Full Recipe Below

Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts

Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts

It starts out pretty.

Chopped butternut squash (I cheated and bought it cubed at Costco)

and chopped Brussels Sprouts

Lemon, Lime & Cilantro

Lemon, Lime & Cilantro

While you are at the chopping board,

slice lemons and limes, chop some parsley and throw a couple pats of butter down.

Cooking the chicken and veggies

Cooking the chicken and veggies

Sear the seasoned chicken thighs and then throw in some sliced onions and mushrooms.

Cooking the chicken and veggies

Cooking the chicken and veggies

After a few minutes, add the brussels and squash.

(You can tell how hot it is by the steam in the picture.)

Add in some water, put a lid on it and let it simmer for quite awhile.

Quinoa

Quinoa

Meanwhile, cook up some quinoa.

Plain.

Quinoa with cilantro & lime

Quinoa with cilantro & lime

Once it’s done, squeeze in the lime (a bit of lemon if desired),

parsley and butter.

Spiced Berbere Chicken, Vegetables and Quinoa

Spiced Berbere Chicken, Vegetables and Quinoa

Done!

Ugly yet tasty.

Spiced Berbere Chicken, Vegetables and Quinoa & yogurt

Spiced Berbere Chicken, Vegetables and Quinoa & yogurt

You will learn quickly that I love toppings.

So for a side to help cool down the heat, I put some cilantro into plain yogurt.

I also chopped raw cashews and added raisins for a little sweetened twist.

Spiced Berbere Chicken, Vegetables and Quinoa & nuts

Spiced Berbere Chicken, Vegetables and Quinoa & nuts

Throw a couple limes on the side if that’s your thing and bam!

Warm, filling and tasty!

**Recipe:

Ingredients:

Chicken Thighs (I used 9)

Olive Oil

Berbere Ethiopian Spice

Brussels Sprouts

Butternut Squash

Cooking Liquid (I used water, but broth would work as well)

Onion

Mushrooms

Limes & Lemons

Butter

Quinoa

Parsley

Optional Toppings:

Cashews, Peanuts, Yogurt, Cilantro, Raisins, Fresh Lemon or Lime Juice,

I used a deep electric skillet but a regular stovetop large pan should work as well.

To Cook:

Season chicken with salt and Berbere (the more you put on, the spicier it is).

Drizzle a little olive oil to pan and let it heat. Once hot, place chicken thighs skin down on the pan. Let sear.

5-7 minutes later, flip chicken over and add sliced onions and mushrooms. Cook for a few minutes, stirring once or twice.

Add in liquid, squash and brussels sprouts. Put lid on and let it simmer for 15 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to package. After it’s done, fluff and add butter, chopped parsley and a few squeezes of citrus (lime or lemon or both!)

Remove the lid for the chicken and vegetables and let the water evaporate a few minutes while the food continues to simmer.

Prepare optional toppings. Chop cashews or peanuts. Mix yogurt with chopped cilantro. Lemon or lime slices. Raisins for an added sweetness.

Enjoy!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s