Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Doro Awaze Tibs

This quick spicy delicious Ethiopian dish gets most its flavor from a spice mix sauce known as Awaze. Awaze combines the spice mix berbere with oil, wine, garlic and ginger to create a thick paste marinade that works well with chicken, lamb or beef.   Doro Awaze Tibs uses cubed chicken breasts sautéed with onions, bell peppers, garlic, jalapeño  and of course the Awaze spice marinade.

Ethiopian dishes are traditionally accompanied with Injera bread - an unleavened sour bread - which can be found in some African Specialty Food stores.  Crusted sour bread can also be served with the dish as a substitute.

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Special Ingredients: Awaze -- is chili sauce created from the Ethiopian berbere spice mix combined with oil, wine, garlic and ginger.  The berbere spice mix is available at African Specialty Food stores or online. I have found Awaze at African Specialty Food stores as well, but it is more likely to be found online. To create Awaze I recommend The Spice Island's recipe.


1lb. Chicken Breast -boneless, skinless and cut into strips
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Red Onion julienned
1 Red Bell Pepper - core removed and cut into strips
1 Garlic Clove minced
1 Jalapeño Pepper -- chopped
2 Tablespoons Awaze (plus extra to serve on the side)

Season the chicken with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Place the chicken in the pan to brown the meat on all sides (about 5-7 minutes).  Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

Add the onions and bell peppers to the pan and sauté until onions are soft and translucent (about 5-7 minutes).  Add the garlic and jalapeño peppers and sauté for an additional 30 seconds.  Stir in the Awaze until the vegetables are well coated.  Return the chicken to the skillet and sauté the ingredients until the chicken is fully cooked and well coated with the sauce (another 3-4 minutes).

Serve while still hot accompanied with injera or crusted sour bread.  Additional Awaze on the side for dipping is optional. A simple lettuce, tomato and onion salad goes well with this dish.  Enjoy.

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