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Lentil and Chicken Stew (New Recipe #11) February 3, 2013

Filed under: Cooking — skpierce12 @ 8:12 PM


My love of lentils was rediscovered over Christmas break when my in-laws made Chorizo Lentil Stew for lunch one day. Ever since then, I have been keeping an eye out for similar recipes to try. I ended up selecting Eating Well’s Lentil and Chicken Stew for my initial foray into cooking with dried lentils.  Originally I had planned to make this Saturday night, but I was not feeling up to it at the time thanks to a head cold.  The stew became our lunch today, instead.

The recipe only makes 2 servings, so I doubled it so that we would have another dinner made for one night this week.  I also added one stalk of celery and 1/2 of a diced onion for flavor, as suggested by several of the online reviews.  The stew was straightforward to make, and it filled the house with a delicious, warm aroma while cooking.  Taste-wise, I thought it was a solid 3-star recipe, but John gave it 2-and-a-half.  He thought the taste did not quite live up to the yummy smell.

Lentil and Chicken Stew

3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
8 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp whole coriander seed, crushed (I used ground coriander because I already had some on hand)
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth (I ended up using a 32-oz container for the doubled batch)
1/2 cup French green or brown lentils, sorted and rinsed (I used brown)
1 6-oz bag baby spinach (I used one bunch of baby spinach, as the store was out of bagged)
1 TB lemon juice
1 TB chopped fresh dill

1.  Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring once or twice until no longer pink in the middle, about 2 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate with a slotted spoon. (I did this in a separate skillet while the lentils were cooking, not before.)

2.  Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan and heat over medium-low heat. Add carrot, garlic, coriander, salt and pepper and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.  This smelled and looked so good!


3.  Stir in broth and lentils, increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender, 20 to 30 minutes (brown lentils take a little longer). (I cooked the lentils for 45 minutes.)

4.  Add the cooked chicken, spinach and lemon juice and return to a simmer. Cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in dill.

Yield: 2 servings, about 2 cups each.  Per serving, 9 PointsPlus.


One Response to “Lentil and Chicken Stew (New Recipe #11)”

  1. […] first attempt involved dried lentils in the Lentil and Chicken Stew, which turned out well. So yesterday for lunch I cooked up some dried red kidney beans in my 14th […]

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