Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe is from Cooking Light and is one of my favorite chicken dishes. Yellow lentils (dal) are available where ever Indian foods are sold. Yellow split peas can be substituted. My experience has been that either one takes longer than 25minutes to reach tenderness, so I cook them ahead of time in a crock pot. Red lentils cook much quicker and can also be substituted. Serve over rice or Chinese egg noodles.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place lentils in large saucepan; cover with water to 2 inches above lentils. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cover, reduce heat, simmer 25 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Combine cumin and next 5 ingredients(through cloves) in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken; seal and shake to coat.
  3. Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute 3 minutes. Add chicken and spice mixture; saute 4 minutes. Stir in broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add lentils and bay leaves; cover and simmer 30 minutes. Uncover and simmer 10 minutes.


Most Helpful

Great dish, very flavorful. Funnily my moong dal were mush after 25 minutes, although I didn't even soak them, so I had kind of very thick gravy, but that was extremely tasty :D Thanks for sharing! Made for Healthy Choices ABC.

Mia in Germany February 28, 2010

This was a wonderful dish! Light, filling and a wonderful blend of spices. I agree that the lentils need to be cooked for longer than 25 mins. Great recipe.

dakritree September 27, 2008

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