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Berbere is a rich Ethiopian spice blend composed of paprika, fenugreek, coriander, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, and more. (If you don't see it in your local grocery store, try blending the ingredients yourself—or tack it onto your next Amazon order.) 

This dish comes together quickly and easily, and with its interesting flavor profile, it's perfect for dinner guests. Enjoy!

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  • 4Servings


  • ¼ c olive oil

  • ¼ c lemon juice

  • 1 Tbsp berbere

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs

  • ¾ cup dates, thinly sliced

  • Cooked rice or cous cous, for serving


1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. 

2. Trim chicken. Lay inside baking dish; top with sliced dates.

3. Whisk together first five ingredients and pour or brush over chicken and dates.

4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165°.

5. Serve over rice or cous cous, if desired.