One-Pot Chicken & Lentils

Lentils are filling due to their ultra-high fiber content and lend themselves well to this chicken and lentils recipe with the simple additions of lean protein and some fragrant flavors.

Nutritional Bonus: Stock your pantry with the Mighty Mouse of dry ingredients… lentils! Dry green lentils have about 40 g of protein and 28 g of fiber in a 1-cup serving, with only 1 g of fat! Thanks to their rich stores of fiber, lentils offer slow-burning energy that help regulate blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes.

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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
40 min


  • 2 6-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1-oz pieces
  • 2 tsp curry powder (TRY: Simply Organic Curry Powder)
  • 1 1/2 cups dry green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Pantry staples:


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil on medium-high. Add chicken and cook, turning occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add curry powder and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add lentils to saucepan and stir to coat. Stir in broth and 3 cups cold water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender and most liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Divide evenly among serving bowls, season to taste with salt and pepper, and garnish each with yogurt and 2 tbsp cilantro. (NOTE: if lentils are still hard after 30 minutes, add 1/2 cup more water and continue to cook until softened.)

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 3 oz chicken and 1 cup lentils
  • Calories 389
  • Carbohydrate Content 45 g
  • Cholesterol Content 49 mg
  • Fat Content 5 g
  • Fiber Content 11 g
  • Protein Content 42 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 139 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g