One-pot lentil chicken

Ready in 40 minutes


Serves 2
This all-in-one meal makes a brilliant guilt-free supper, and if you are really hungry - just add potatoes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy


  • kcal360
  • fat10g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2.5g
  • protein41g
  • salt2.4g
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  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 rasher lean dry-cure back bacon, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 large bone-in chicken thigh, skin removed
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 50g green lentil



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • ½ tsp dried thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 85g chestnut mushroom, halved if large


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick wide, shallow pan, add bacon and fry briskly until lightly coloured, then lift on to a plate. Add the chicken and fry on each side until lightly brown. Set aside with the bacon. Tip onion and garlic into the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and tomato purée, then stir over a low heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine, stock, lentils and thyme. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in the mushrooms. Add the bacon and chicken, pushing them under the liquid. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until lentils are tender and the chicken cooked. Season with salt and pepper.

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Comments (89)

angeladhart's picture

I've made this a few times and I wouldn't change a thing about it. Delicious.

onebakedbean's picture

Hearty, tasty, healthy.
I made double quantities and next time will add just a little more wine and then up the stock to balance it.

angeladhart's picture

I liked this recipe but I wish I'd added more than the suggested amount of chicken thighs! Remember - these are small! I will definitely make this again, but with more chicken.

pandor02's picture

Really great. Used slow cooker 4-6 hrs on low and boiled lentils for 5 mins first. Flavours melded well and lentils provided great texture.

welsh8512's picture

fantastic tasty recipe.

weeshiney's picture

I made this with chicken breasts and it was delicious. Will definitely make it again.

angwatt's picture

This is a really tasty recipe with lots of flavour, I did find the lentils needed a little more cooking time and I had to add a lot more stock than was recommended. Served with some jersey royals, would definitely make again!

perkil's picture

Have made this loads of times now and varied it each time. Sometimes with potatoes or rice and varied the mushrooms or added different veg. Really tasty quick dinner.

ateam2010's picture

Yummy healthy option. We're not drinkers so ditched the wine. Also added a pinch of Sage and a couple of bay leaves. Very well received!

lucy123pig's picture

A tasty filling meal great for when you're on a healthy eating plan.

judiffcarr's picture

made this a few times now - without mushrooms! its delicous, really easy and so so tasty! I added carrots to include an extra portion of veg (added at the same time as lentils) served with mash and greens. becoming a firm family favourite!!

mayrhofer's picture

Done this many time with variations - I make it spicy with cayenne pepper, I consider bacon and wine optional, and I occasionally add carrot and/or celery on the begging. I also don't use flour, and I use fresh chopped tomatoes instead of purée.

cookie2012's picture

Great taste and can't believe something so healthy tastes so good!

irenemorrill's picture

hearty but tooo tomato pureeeey for me. Would repeat with tinned toms instead next time and if that doesn't work tined toms and a little tom puree. I the healthy aspect and so will give it another whirl with changes.

judiffcarr's picture

made without mushrooms (yuck!) and served with mash and veg. DIVINE. so easy and tasty, thyme was lovely in it. definitely making again

wifpoo's picture

I was unable to get dried green lentils and substituted tinned lentils. I cut down the stock and added the lentils 15 minutes before the end of cooking, and it was fantastic.

My whole family enjoyed this meal, I will definitely be cooking this recipe again.

hicksalison's picture

Delicious, one of the best recipes I've tried so far.

kathy535's picture

Easy to make and tasty. Added more mushrooms and next time I'll try using fresh thyme.

mertinpants's picture

Gorgeous! We miss out the bacon sometimes if we want to reduce cals x

katycwright's picture

Undecided on this one. Kind of like a stew but not as good. Lentils took ages and were still al dente. Husband liked it which is rare for a healthy dish!


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