Chicken With Atha Sauce


Chicken with Atha Sauce is a traditional East African dish that typically features chicken cooked in a flavorful tomato-based sauce with spices such as cumin, ginger, and garlic. The dish is often served with rice or chapati (a type of flatbread). It is a popular meal in countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.

When I think of comfort food, this dish immediately comes to mind. The flavorful chicken, the spicy sauce and the rice and potatoes envelop me in all of the warm and toasty feels. This is a staple on my thanksgiving table right along with the traditional turkey day dishes. It’s a great weeknight dinner that’s quick and easy to make.

Chicken With Atha Sauce

Chef Sammy
Chicken with Atha sauce is an East African dish that my sister who used to live there, taught me to make and has graciously allowed me to share this recipe with all of you. My mom used to make this often for us too while we were growing up.
Cuisine Mediterranean


Ingredients For The Sauce:

  • 1 can Tomato purée 14 oz
  • 4 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Red chili powder to taste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 3 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 2 Green chilies or to taste
  • 1 Onion
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp Oil

Ingredients For The Rice:

  • 3 cup Basmati rice washed
  • 2 tbsp Cumin seed ( you can add more if you prefer)
  • 1 Chicken cube crushed
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 2-3 Potatoes cut in pieces


Method For The Chicken:

  • Purée all of the sauce ingredients.
    Reserve 1/2 the marinade
    pour the rest of the marinade all over the chicken, under the skin and in the cavity. Cut half an onion and lemon and slices of butter and put in the cavity and a couple of garlic cloves. Bake at 375 covered till done. For the last few min start the broiler to get a good char.
    with the reserved marinade, heat a little oil add some cumin seed and put in the remaining marinade. Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste and red chili powder and salt and let it thicken. Pour this over your cooked chicken.

For The Rice:

  • Wash rice and set aside. Cut potatoes. In your instant pot. Heat oil fry cumin seed onions then add potatoes and crushed chicken cube and salt to taste. Now add your rice and 3 1/2 cups of water. Close your IP, seal and press rice. Layer your rice on your serving dish. Add your chicken and pour on the sauce and garnish with chopped cilantro.
Keyword Quick Meal

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