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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18th May, 2012
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.
22nd Apr, 2012
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!
25th Feb, 2012
A tasty filling meal great for when you're on a healthy eating plan.
22nd Feb, 2012
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!!
22nd Feb, 2012
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.
20th Feb, 2012
Great taste and can't believe something so healthy tastes so good!
28th Jan, 2012
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.
20th Jan, 2012
made without mushrooms (yuck!) and served with mash and veg. DIVINE. so easy and tasty, thyme was lovely in it. definitely making again
20th Dec, 2011
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.
19th Dec, 2011
Delicious, one of the best recipes I've tried so far.


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