Turmeric Chicken & Lentil Stew

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Serves2 people
Turmeric Chicken & Lentil Stew

A hearty winter stew of organic chicken simmered with red lentils, cherry vine tomatoes and seasonal chard, spiced with a warming mix of cinnamon, turmeric and fresh chilli and finished with a refreshing squeeze of lemon.

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  • 2 chicken thighs & 2 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A thumb of turmeric
  • 200g chard
  • 250g cherry vine tomatoes
  • 1 chilli
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 150g dried red lentils
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 600ml boiling water
  • 1 lemon
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1. Pour 1 tbsp oil into a large pan and warm to a medium-high heat. Place the chicken thighs and drumsticks onto a chopping board. Use a sharp knife to carefully make 2 slashes into the thickest parts of each piece. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pan and fry for 5 mins on each side, till well browned.
2. Meanwhile, peel and slice the onions. Peel and thinly slice the garlic cloves. Peel the turmeric and finely grate it (turmeric stains, so you may want to do this on a plate or wipe clean board and protect your clothes with an apron). Separate the leaves and stalks of the chard. Thinly slice the stalks (keep the leaves for later on in the recipe). Halve the cherry vine tomatoes. Slice the chilli in half, flicking out the seeds and membrane for less heat. Finely chop the chilli.
3. Transfer the browned chicken to a plate. Return the pan to the heat and add another 1 tbsp oil if needed. Slide in the onions and chopped chard stalks. Fry for 5 mins, till slightly softened.
4. Stir the garlic, turmeric and chilli into the pan. Add 2 tsp ground cumin and the cinnamon stick. Cook for a further 1 min.
5. Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the pan. Tip in the red lentils. Pour in 600ml boiling water, crumble in the stock cube and stir to dissolve. Nestle the chicken into the pan and pour in any juices from the plate. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 mins, or till the chicken is cooked through.
6. While the chicken is cooking, shred the chard leaves. When the chicken is cooked, stir the chard into the pan till the leaves begin to wilt.
7. Squeeze in the juice from the lemon, have a taste of the sauce and add more salt or pepper if needed. Ladle the stew into a couple of warm bowls and serve.
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Nice Sunday dinner on a slightly dreary day. I only had spinach instead of chard and drumsticks only, but it was very yummy. Not sure about the amount though - made half the recipe for one person and ended up with 2 portions (although yay for leftovers).