Berbere Spiced Chicken Breasts


One of my favorite uses for berbere spice is this berbere chicken breast recipe. But you can also use a pork chop or a piece of lamb; it's so versatile.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half - lightly pounded to an even thickness

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon berbere spice blend, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons butter

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste

  • ¼ cup chicken broth, or as needed

  • cup coconut milk

  • ½ teaspoon berbere spice blend, or to taste

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro


  1. Season both sides of chicken breast with salt and berbere spice.

  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until it just starts to turn brown. Immediately transfer chicken breast to the skillet; cook 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a warm dish.

  3. Add lime juice, tomato paste, chicken broth, and coconut milk to the skillet; stir to deglaze. Bring to a simmer while stirring. Add 1/2 teaspoon berbere spice and a pinch of salt.

  4. Return chicken breast to the skillet; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until chicken is cooked through and sauce starts to reduce, 4 to 5 more minutes, basting chicken with pan juices as it cooks. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  5. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve with a drizzle of pan sauce.

Chef's Note:

Here's a link to a recipe for making your own Berbere Spice Blend.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

432 Calories
28g Fat
16g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 432
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 20g 102%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 3393mg 148%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 24mg 118%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 579mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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