One-pot lentil chicken

One-pot lentil chicken

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(94 ratings)

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 thighs, 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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17th Jan, 2015
Just finished eating this. What can I say.... it was fantastic. What really amazes me about this is that there are so few ingredients and flavourings but the end result is so tasty. I used chicken fillets , doubled the amount of lentils and liquid and added 10 mins to the cooking time. This will be a regular in our house.
14th Jan, 2015
I trebled the quantity and definitely recommend thighs as the meat falls away form the bone. It was absolutely delicious and so easy. I did boil the lentils for 10 mins first before adding them to the chicken and sauce, just to be sure they would cook. I also cooked for over 1 hour as I like my meat very tender.
28th Dec, 2014
Used lardons instead of bacon and breasts instead of thighs. Thoroughly delicious. It needed 10 more minutes cooking time.
25th Aug, 2014
Very tasty dish, I used a tin of lentils so didn't need to worry about them being under cooked. I also used small chicken breasts and doubled the ingredients as was making it for 3 adults. Plenty to go round and very filling.
3rd Jun, 2014
This is absolutely delicious. My family loved it, even my fussy daughter left a clean plate. I will definitely add this to my repertoire. Thank you!
3rd Jun, 2014
This is absolutely delicious. My family loved it, even my fussy eater ate everything on her plate. I will definitely add this to my repetoire. Thank you!
14th Mar, 2014
Love this - very hearty and tasty - comfort food without the guilt
6th Feb, 2014
Decided I am teaching myself to cook...this was my first dish! Took me a while longer to do it but the results were delicious. :) Needed to stir it a fair bit...and it took the 25 minutes rather than 20, added a little more liquid (wine haha) for the extra 5 mins.
3rd Nov, 2013
I have made this twice now and it is delicious. I found that there was plenty of gravy the first time I made it so the next time I add extra chicken and there was enough leftover for a lunch for me.
23rd Jul, 2013
Definitely the lentils needed longer, may even at browning off stage throw the chicken in with chopped herbs for extra flavour. Served with Roasts but probably didn't need to! Will make again lovely dish.


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