Chicken with mustard lentils

Chicken with mustard lentils

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins


Serves 4
Chicken thighs and drumsticks go a long way when teamed with healthy pulses flavoured with Dijon, cream and parsley

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal538
  • fat24g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre7g
  • protein49g
  • salt1g
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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • pack of 4 chicken thighs and 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 250g Puy lentils
  • 750ml hot chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • small bunch parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • green vegetables, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole. Season the chicken pieces, then brown in the hot oil for 3 mins each side, until golden on all sides. Remove and set aside. Pour away all but 1 tbsp oil.

  2. Add the onion to the pan and cook for 5 mins, then add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Add the lentils and stock and stir well. Put the chicken on top, put the lid on and leave to simmer over a medium heat for 30 mins. Remove the lid and increase the heat. Bubble for another 20 mins until the lentils are tender, most of the stock has been absorbed, and the chicken is cooked through.

  3. Stir in the crème fraîche, lemon zest and juice, mustard, parsley and seasoning. Serve with green veg, if you like.

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Comments (24)

havingago's picture

Great recipe ! made it added 1/2 tinned prunes as i come from a everything must have fruit in it ! LOLevryone invited wanted the recipe foolproof . XXX

susieone's picture

What a lovely recipe! I made it exactly to the recipe, with one addition. I noted one reviewer's comment that it lacked some flavour. Having made a number of lentil type dishes in the past, I decided to add some fried cubes of pancetta. The result was wonderful, and deserves 5 stars. That's why I only rated the recipe, as written, as 4 stars.

catrionafrance's picture

This is a great dish. Very easy to make and tastes delicious. I accidentally picked up chicken breasts rather than chicken thighs and only had tinned lentils and it still worked a treat. I just diced the chicken breast, reduced the stock to around 250ml, and missed out the simmering bit as no need to cook the lentils. I think next time I would lightly coat the chicken in flour to thicken the sauce a bit and perhaps add some mushrooms. It's a new favourite!

deniseys's picture

We loved this recipe. Mine looked like the picture until I added the crème fraiche then it went paler. We had half on first day and the left overs turned very grey but reheated beautifully with the addition of a little water to loosen it. I had to use green lentils as I could not get Puy lentils anywhere, I think Puy would have had a better texture and flavour but this has still gone near to the top of our Favourites list.

minkymoomoo's picture

I'm totally gutted! I have followed this recipe to the letter and it is everything I hoped it wouldn't be!!! Grey slop!!! How is this possible????? Dinner for 4 ruined! And now extra cost for take out!!!!

curiouscas's picture

This was absolutely fantastic. Once some changes had been made. Used shallots instead of red onion (also upped the quantity) I also porportionally upped the quanity of garlic (used 3 cloves yet only 4 chicken drumsticks and 130g of lentils and less stock). Used only drumsticks (that was a budget issue, I'm sure thighs would have been great and much meatier). Once I had aded the lentils and stock (if you're adjusting quantities as I did just remember it's 3 times as much stock as lentils and work of on a volume basis) I added dried sage, thyme, and rosemary at this point. Also plenty of salt and pepper. 10 mins before it was ready I added 2 sliced leeks, tones of cury kale, and fine green beans, popped the lid back on and waited until it was ready. At this point it was by far at its best. I wouldn't bother adding the creme fraice, mustard, and lemon as I found it made the dish far too rich and less visually appealing (admittedly my mustard is very rich to start with).
in essence - add hard herbs and cut the end seasoning
Also to all the people who said their lentils broke down, use puy! don't try to sub with a different type of lentil.

Mechef145's picture

Looks beautiful and tasted good to. I prepared mine in my MEC pure clay pot, I've somehow gotten addicted to food cooked in these all natural clay pots... the taste is far superior to food cooked in any other metal cookware -- the lentils turned out fabulous. The best part is knowing that my food is now 100% non-toxic.

dickdauntless's picture

I use 100% natural steel. Sometimes natural copper. Both are as natural as any clay pot and have far less chance of containing toxins. Cooks well too.

archangelrich's picture

Nice. Mine looked similar to the picture - I certainly didn't end up with the grey sludge other posters are talking about! Tasted really good as well - served with peas, mange tout and sweetheart cabbage (well, basically every green vegetable i had left in the fridge!).

stelaholder's picture

Really tasty. Mine looked very similar to the photo. Will make again

hils2001's picture

Only rated 4-stars as the finished dish, although it tasted great, doesn't look anywhere near as appealing as the photo! As other reviewers have said, it does end up a sludgy-grey colour but I will cook it again but will serve it with some steamed carrots and sprinkle over some chopped parsley just before serving.

headland13's picture

Made this twice - once used red lentils which didn't work so well as the green as they turn mushy. Doesn't look great as others have said but tastes lovely.

zhagan's picture

was ok not as good as i thought it would be. won't be making again

libbyjones's picture

Unfortunately this dish looked nothing like the picture - it came out a horrible grey colour and looked very unappetising. It tasted OK thanks to the addition of mustard and lemon at the end but I was glad I hadn't made it for guests.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was lovely. Not pretty but tasted great and was protein packed. I baked the chicken separately and served with broccoli.

sophiepayne's picture

A tasty dish with a lovely lemon flavour. Not the prettiest looking dish - nothing like the pic once the creme fraiche has been mixed in - but we will be repeating nonetheless!

sashaknits's picture

I made this for 2 people and halved all the measurements except I forgot to halve the lemon zest & juice amounts. Unfortunately this made the lentils really lemony, which I didn't mind too much as I love citrus things, but my boyfriend found it a bit much. We both enjoyed it nonetheless and he's asked me to make it again as he would love to try it with the right amount of lemon next time.

My mistake aside, this dish was really warming, hearty and pretty healthy too. Very flavoursome and filling. Definitely recommended!

gillmoody's picture

Potentially a delicious dinner but my lentils stuck to the bottom of pan so had an extra slightly burnt flavour!

lseastwood's picture

Easy to make and good comfort food, but not as nice as I was hoping. Would make some flavour adjustments before making again.

kirank's picture

This is a great winter warmer dish, simply delicious! We used red split lentils instead of the puy lentils and lime instead of lemon which gave it a fresh tangy favour.


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