Chicken & lentil stew with gremolata

Chicken & lentil stew with gremolata

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 55 mins


Serves 4
Spruce up a light tomato-based casserole with a generous sprinkling of parsley, lemon and garlic, also known as 'gremolata'

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal337
  • fat15g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein32g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 8 chicken drumsticks, skin left on
  • 2 onions, very finely chopped



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

  • 6 tbsp red lentil
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 1 chicken stock cube, crumbled
  • crusty bread, to serve

For the gremolata

  • zest 1 lemon



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

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • small handful parsley, finely chopped



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


  1. Heat half the oil in a large flameproof casserole dish, brown the drumsticks on all sides, then transfer to a plate.

  2. Add the onions and remaining oil to the pan, and cook for 5 mins or so until soft. Add the lentils, tomatoes, 1 can of water and the stock cube. Return the drumsticks to the pan. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat, put on a lid and simmer for 30 mins or until tender. Keep an eye on the stew and add a little water if it is drying out. Remove the lid and cook for another 10 mins, or until the sauce has thickened, then season.

  3. Meanwhile, make the gremolata. Mix the lemon zest, garlic and parsley together. Sprinkle over the cooked stew and serve with a chunk of crusty bread.

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18th May, 2018
This is a great dish, though I change it a little whenever I cook it. As other reviewers have suggested, I add a couple of cloves of garlic to the main dish, also a teaspoon of paprika. The main change I make is not to brown the chicken pieces (or drumsticks) in advance, but to soften the onions and garlic in an oven proof saute pan then add the other ingredients before putting it in the oven at 200c for an hour. I’ve tried slow cooking it too, but we prefer it in the oven.
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Azadeh Ta
25th Jan, 2018
Nice and filling dinner with good nutrients. The gremolata was a bit too garlicie for us. I think if you add the garlic to the stew directly it will be nicer.
1st Jul, 2017
Good family dinner. Needs a couple of garlic cloves in the stew and a strong chicken stock, and a bit of wine is nice too. Served with rice instead of bread
12th Mar, 2015
Nice dish, very filling, but I also thought it was a little bland.
4th Dec, 2014
Don't be put off by how few ingredients there are - this is really delicious and so simple! The lentils somehow really add another dimension to the flavour. I only had green lentils (prefer these) so used them which worked, and also used roast chicken instead (a thigh, leg and wing) - added them at same time as specified and worked great - delicious and super easy. So nice at this time of year!
7th Mar, 2014
Absolutely delicious! Just added coconut milk and just half the amount of oil and cooked it in my un-glazed MEC pure clay pot. Wow it cooked evenly and so tender and juicy the meat was just metling in my mouth. The far infrared heat emitted from the walls let seasoning & spices penetrate deeper without damaging the surface. I regularly prepare different lentil recipes in my MEC pure clay pot and my family loves it.
3rd Dec, 2013
I chose to make this because it looked easy, quick and healthy. It is really good! I too added some paprika and garlic, but fir such a simple recipe, it tastes great! I served it with rice. Winner winner chicken dinner!
10th Sep, 2013
Loved this! Like a previous reviewer I used thighs instead of drumsticks. I was worried it would be too tomatoey (?) as I am not a fan of tomato based sauces but it really wasn't. It was absolutely delicious and will definitely become a staple dish in our house. We had it with mash instead of bread and lots of veg. The chicken was tender, the sauce was the perfect consistency and my husband was so relieved not to be sitting down to a heavy, cream based sauce for a change! ;-)
25th Aug, 2013
Lovely dish
4th Aug, 2013
Really tasty, only thing I did differently was use chicken thighs and add some chopped olives...highly recommend


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