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Braised Chicken Thighs with Lentils

Comfort your soul with a healthy, hearty and flavourful dish like this one. It’s perfect served with potatoes and green beans or with crusty bread to sop up the juices.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 min

Ingredients

2-3 tbsp canola oil
1 stalk celery, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 carrot, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 onion, large, finely-chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1 ½ tbsp all-purpose flour
½ tsp thyme, dried
or
4 sprigs thyme, fresh
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 ¼ cup green lentils, dry
20 fl oz (570 mL) low-sodium chicken broth, undiluted
½ cup dry white wine
or
½ cup apple juice, unsweetened
1 ½ lb bone-in, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed, about 5-8 thighs, depending on size
salt, to taste
pepper, freshly ground, to taste
mashed or boiled potatoes, for serving (optional)
green beans, steamed, for serving (optional)

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F (160°C).

  2. In a large Dutch oven or oven-safe saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Add the celery, carrot and onion, stir to combine and cover with a lid for about 5 minutes to sweat the vegetables. Add the garlic and flour and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring to thoroughly distribute the flour. Add the thyme, bay leaf, mustard, lentils, stock and wine, and stir to combine.

  3. In a separate skillet, add another tablespoon of oil and sauté the chicken thighs in one or two batches just until nicely browned (don’t worry about cooking them through). Add the browned chicken to the Dutch oven, and push them down into the liquid. Add salt and pepper to taste (hold off salting if your chicken stock is not low-sodium), cover with a lid or foil, and bake in the oven for 1 ½-2 hours until the chicken and lentils are cooked through, checking occasionally to be sure there is still an inch or two of liquid in the pot. Top up with water if required. Discard the bay leaf and thyme stems (if you used fresh).

  4. Once cooked, the braise can be served with one thigh per person, or the thighs can all be transferred to a plate and allowed to cool until safe to handle, at which point the meat can be removed from the bones, coarsely shredded and returned to the pot.

  5. Serve over potatoes and top with the green beans if you wish, or simply ladle into bowls as is.

Helpful Tip

Browning the chicken thighs separately helps boost flavour in this dish, but if pressed for time they can be added right into the stew.

Nutrition Info

Per 290 g serving Amount
Calories320
Protein26 g
Fat10 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate30 g
Fibre7 g
Sugar3 g
Cholesterol65 mg
Sodium180 mg
Per 290 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium20
Calcium4
Iron20
Vitamin A2
Vitamin C10
Vitamin B619
Vitamin B1218
Folate6
Zinc19