Berbere Spiced Stir Fry

Vanessa LaBranche, Project Bread

Fresh for Less

Stir frying is a cooking technique mostly used in Asian cuisine, but you don't have to be limited to just those flavors! For this delicious stir fry, we use the flavors of Ethiopia!

Berbere is a common spice blend used a lot in Ethiopian cuisine. The blend in this recipe is on the spicy side with the addition of warm spices that balances out quite nicely. Try this dish with rice or even use as a sandwich filling using flatbread of your choice.

Yield: 4 servings (1 cup each)


2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 large red onion, sliced

1 lb chicken thigh meat, sliced thin

1 tsp kosher salt

1 Tbsp berbere spice (available at Whole Foods)

1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger 

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

2 large cloves garlic, chopped

1 can fire-roasted tomatoes

1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth

1 Tbsp vinegar 


  1. Place a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add the coconut oil. Add the onions and cook, stirring them until they become slightly browned. 
  2. Add in the sliced chicken thigh meat. Sprinkle with the kosher salt and stir fry from another 3 to 5 minutes or so.
  3. Add in the berbere spice, fresh ginger, cumin, cinnamon and garlic. Continue to cook for another minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, broth and vinegar. Simmer for 5 minutes to bring the flavors together.
  5. Serve the dish with your choice of grain.
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