A simple but delicious curry; easy for children to make and mild enough for even the fussiest of eaters. The lentils boost the nutrient profile of the dish, as well as adding a nice thickness and texture to the curry.
Delicious served with some fragrant Basmati rice or naan bread. Top with some fresh coriander for a professional finish.
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Ingredients (serves 4):
- 500g skinless boneless chicken thighs
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1.5 tbsp medium curry powder
- 100g dried red lentils, rinsed and drained
- 400ml chicken stock
- 150g spinach
- 125g low fat natural yoghurt
- Chop each chicken thigh into six pieces.
- Heat the oil in a casserole dish or large saucepan. Add the chicken and fry over a high heat for 5 minutes until browned.
- Add the onions and fry for 3 minutes, stirring. Reduce the heat slightly, stir in the curry powder and cook for a minute.
- Add the lentils and chicken stock to the pan, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
- Check the seasoning of the curry then stir in the spinach leaves and cook until they just begin to wilt. Swirl in the yoghurt and serve.
So thinking about Chicken and Lentil Curry ...
Chicken is high in protein, and is a good source of B vitamins. Without the skin chicken breast meat is low in fat and calories; thighs and drumsticks are higher in fat and calories.
Lentils are so good for us! They are legumes and like other legumes (beans, peas and chickpeas) they are packed with protein and fibre. They are also low in calories and fat and contain a number of substances which are thought to be hugely beneficial to our health.
|-||Energy||1486kJ / 355kcal||18%|
per 285g serving
% of an adult's reference intake
Typical values per 100g: Energy 522KJ / 124kcal
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