Monday, July 9, 2012

Indian Style Chicken and Lentils

Before we left town for our summer vacation I had been trying hard to cook with what we had on hand and not have to run out to the store (of course there is the occasional desperate last minute call to a neighbor for an onion or something like that.)  I had some chicken thighs in the fridge and I found a bag of lentils in the pantry and I so began the hunt for the perfect chicken and lentil recipe.  And let me tell you this was a great recipe.  I had a lot of leftover lentils so that became my lunch the next day.  I loved the flavors in this dish the garam masala  and cumin really made these lentils amazing.  I would definitely make this dish again with or even without the chicken.  I served this dish with some fresh veges from the garden and it was a wonderful light meal.  Even the Little Man liked it...Enjoy!!!

recipe adapted from Canadian Living
What you need:
4 chicken thighs
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups chopped onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, chopped 
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 cups lentils
1 large carrot cut into chunks
1 1/2 cup chicken broth

What you do:
Season chicken with salt and pepper. In Dutch oven, heat 2 tsp of the oil over medium-high heat and brown chicken, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Chop together onions, garlic and jalapeno and set aside.
Heat remaining oil in pan; cook remaining salt, garam masala and cumin, stirring, until browned, about 1 minute. Stir in onion mixture and cook, stirring, until browned, about 6 minutes. 

Add the lentils and carrots, stirring to coat. Stir in chicken broth and 1 1/2 cups of water.Add chicken back to pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, about 25 minutes. 

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  1. This looks delicious, my husband is indian so I am familiar with the food, and garam masala is my favorite spice of all. thank you for sharing, it must be very tasty.

  2. Always looking for tasty healthy foods. Can't wait to try this. Dropping by from the DIY Project Parade.

  3. I love Indian food and I really love one pot meals. This looks like a winner all-around! I'm going to try this recipe.

  4. This looks and sounds delicious! I've never heard of garam masala- where do you buy it?

  5. I really need to start cooking through my pantry also...I discovered a TON of lentils when I moved so I definitely think a vegetarian version of this dish is in order!


  7. Ops, meant to say, I would love it, if you would share this, & any others you may have, on my recipe link up.

  8. Yummy - love the spice.
    Glad I found you through It's a Keeper's linky party. I linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a super week.

  9. This looks delicious! I really enjoy lentils but don't get to make them often enough as my husband doesn't share my enthusiasm. ;) But he does like chicken thighs, so perhaps I'll make this and we'll both like it. Bookmarking now!

  10. Wow! This looks amazing! My family would love this.. can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  11. This sounds really delicious, I love lentils, and love using them in different dishes and in different ways. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  12. Hi Danielle,
    What a great dish, the flavor will be delicious! Hope you have a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


  13. very nice.. like the step by step pictures most you have come up with i am tried the similar recipe, you have many of good recipes.. do try to visit my place when time permits love to have your feedback dear ..i have followed u glad if u follow me back.. Have a good day.....!


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