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overhead shot of a serving of the Berbere chicken over a bed of rice in a bowl

One Skillet Berbere Chicken

  • Author: Allison
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


One skillet Berbere chicken is the ultimate cozy and healthy winter meal. 


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (I usually use at least 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 20 twists black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 28 oz can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chopped kale or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Cooked white rice or millet, for serving
  • Pomegranate arils, olives, feta, cilantro, and pickled onions, for garnish


  1. Grab your best large, heavy bottomed skillet (I love cast iron for this type of recipe) and add a tablespoon of oil. Warm over medium heat until it shimmers. Add the chicken and sear for 5 minutes per side. Transfer onto a plate. (It’s only partially cooked at this point, but not to worry- it will go back into the skillet to finish cooking afterwards.)
  2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet and warm over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, mix all of the spices together in a small dish. Add the spice mix to the onions, garlic, and red pepper in the skillet. Add the salt and pepper. Stir to coat and cook for two more minutes. 
  4. Next, stir in the tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Return the chicken to the skillet. Loosely cover with the lid and simmer over medium-low heat until the chicken is cooked through, 15-20 minutes. Stir in the honey or kale. 
  5. Garnish with feta, olives, cilantro, pickled onion (optional), and pomegranate. 
  6. Serve over cooked rice or millet. 
  7. Enjoy!


Nutritional information includes six servings of white rice.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: North African

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