Curried chicken & baked dhal served in a casserole dish

Curried chicken & baked dhal

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 2

Serve this curried chicken with cauliflower, spinach, lentils and tomatoes for a healthy supper. It delivers five of your 5-a-day and is full of flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal531
  • fat13g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre11g
  • protein45g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 2 garlic cloves
  • thumb-sized piece ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 100g red split lentils
  • 2 red onions, cut into small wedges
  • 1 small cauliflower, cut into florets



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • ½ tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp cold pressed rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 2 tsp medium curry powder
  • 100g baby leaf spinach
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • ½ lemon, cut into wedges



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

  • 2 tbsp natural yogurt


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Grate the garlic and ginger into a large roasting dish. Add the lentils, onions, cauliflower, turmeric and cumin seeds. Pour over 500ml boiling water and give everything a good mix. Rub the chicken thighs with the oil, curry powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. Nestle these into the lentils, then cook in the oven for 40 mins until the lentils and chicken are cooked through.

  2. Add the spinach and tomatoes to the dish, remove the chicken and return to the oven briefly for a couple of mins until the spinach has wilted. Season to taste. Serve with the lemon wedges and yogurt.

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2nd May, 2020
so although this had a low rating I liked the sound of the ingredients. Reading the comments below i decided to cook the onions, ginger and spices together first. I par boiled the cauliflower and cooked the lentils adding curry powder to the water. Mixed the chicken in spices, fried to brown and then baked in oven. I know this is a bit more work and washing up but the result was delicious. I stirred the bake a few times whilst cooking too. I often find tray bakes need a bit of assistance, its not just a case of chucking everything in a dish in the oven.
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Harriet Durbridge
20th Feb, 2020
Not sure what I done wrong, however the chicken was awful, not a very nice texture at all and I normally love chicken thighs. The sauce didn’t thicken and it was like a raw spice mix and texture. I cooked it for longer than it says as well.
12th Nov, 2019
Very tasty. I used hot curry powder and was generous with the other spices but that is just personal taste. I also threw in a few halved small potatoes - more for texture than anything else. Flavoursome and easy -the lentils form a nice mushy dhal and it is just as nice the next day cold!
14th May, 2019
Not very pleasant I'm afraid. ! hour after being in the oven the lentil/ veg mix still isn't cooked and it has a raw spice taste about it. Chicken was nice. I have just had to send Husband to the Chip shop.
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30th Sep, 2018
Interesting. I read the only other review (which gave a 1 star rating) and decided to give it a go anyway as it does look good in the photo. I added extra curry powder and made sure to add plenty of seasoning. Unfortunately, I forgot to get cauliflower so I added some chunks of potato instead and so it took a little longer to cook. Otherwise I followed the recipe as written. It looked exactly like the picture and smelled lovely. But something is definitely missing here. I suspect if you added your own freshly ground spices instead of using curry powder, it would turn out better. On the plus side though, it is very easy to do, and creates very little washing up.
22nd Sep, 2018
I was looking forward to this but I'm sorry to say I found it very bland. I added sweet potatoes and they were the tastiest part of it.
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