Chicken and Lentil Bowl with Collard Greens Recipe

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Chicken and Lentil Bowl. Click the picture to get the recipe.Serving my family wholesome, healthy food is really important to me, which is one reason I love Zaycon Fresh chicken. I’m excited to announce that they have now partnered with Chicken Soup for the Soul! Now it is easier to get fresh food products for your family outside of the traditional retail stores.

I was trying to think of something delicious and nutritious to make using Zaycon chicken and Chicken Soup for the Soul chicken broth, something that is light enough that it can be enjoyed in the coming warmer months. I decided to make a Chicken and Lentil Bowl with Collard Greens (of course I had to add a little slice of the South.) Chicken and Lentil Bowl YummyThere is always this feeling of satisfaction when you gather your family around the table and serve them a delicious meal they enjoy. All of my boys loved this dish and ate it with smiles on their faces and happy bellies.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Zaycon Fresh chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lentils, rinsed
  • 1 container (4 cups) Chicken Soup for the Soul Chicken Broth
  • 1 15-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup red cabbage, diced
  • 2 cups (about half a head) collard greens, chopped (prepare as you would kale)
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

Directions

1. In a large pot, heat up olive oil and add chicken. Saute about 3 minutes.

Chicken and Lentil Bowl Saute Chicken

2. Stir in onion and garlic and saute an additional 3 minutes.

Chicken and Lentil Soup Saute Chicken and Onions

3. Add in lentils and chicken broth then stir.

Chicken and Lentil Bowl Add Broth

4. Mix in the tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme, and spices. I pre-measure and pre-mix the spices to save one step during the cooking process. Bring this mixture to a boil then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.

Chicken and Lentil Bowl Add Spices

5. After 10 minutes, stir in the carrots, celery, and red cabbage and cook an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Chicken and Lentil Bowl Add Veggies

6. After 15 minutes, add the collard greens and continue cooking 10 more minutes.

Chicken and Lentil Bowl Add Collard Greens

7. When your food is finished cooking, stir in the vinegar and remove the bay leaves and thyme.

Chicken and Lentil Soup with Collard Greens. Click the picture to get the recipe.

Bonus tip: Pre-measure and pre-prepare everything you can before you start cooking. Sometimes you will have distractions you need to take care of right away (like kids climbing onto the table) and you will need to step away for a moment and you may not have time to finish chopping those veggies before the next step.

Chicken and Lentil Soup with Collard Greens
 
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A twist on lentil soup, this delicious dish is fresh and colorful with a savory taste and a hint of spice. It makes a great entree or appetizer.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lentils, rinsed
  • 1 container (4 cups) chicken broth
  • 1 15-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ¼ cup red cabbage, diced
  • 2 cups (about half a head) collard greens, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat up olive oil and add chicken. Saute about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in onion and garlic and saute an additional 3 minutes.
  3. Add in lentils and chicken broth then stir.
  4. Mix in the tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme, and spices. I pre-measure and pre-mix the spices to save one step during the cooking process. Bring this mixture to a boil then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, stir in the carrots, celery, and red cabbage and cook an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. After 15 minutes, add the collard greens and continue cooking 10 more minutes.
  7. When your food is finished cooking, stir in the vinegar and remove the bay leaves and thyme.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: about 1 cup

About Zaycon Fresh

Zaycon Fresh is a direct farm-to-customer business that provides you with fresh food products (like chicken, red meats, honey, and more) straight from the farmer and they have local events for pickup. The products are sold in bulk which allows them to sell at low prices saving you money. We get the 40 lb box of chicken then prep it all and freeze it. It has lasted us up to a year! See more products here. Sign up for Zaycon Fresh here.

About Chicken Soup for the Soul Foods

Chicken Soup for the Soul products come in sustainable packaging with environmentally-friendly Tetra Pak cartons and glass. Their prices are affordable and you can purchase in bulk on the Zaycon Fresh website. Products range from broths to meal starters to sauces and rubs, and provide you with great foods to make great family meals that bring everyone together around the table.

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33 Comments

  1. we like popped lentils, but I’m too lazy to make them

  2. This looks amazing, thank you for sharing! About once a month I get these INTENSE lentil cravings, like cake but with lentils. Like there is nothing else I want. You have brought them forth! And now I must cook this!

  3. I’ve only had lentils in a box rice/lentil mix. This looks yummy!

  4. Oh yum!! This looks good enough to have my toddlers eat it, let alone an adult!!!

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  6. I’m not sure I have ever eaten lentils before!!!

  7. I LOVE lentils. My favorite way to have them is in an Italian lentil soup with pasta and parmesan cheese.

  8. I haven’t had lentils in a long time. I usually throw them into a soup. Now I want to make this and bring them back to the rotation.

  9. Your recipe looks amazing!! Very filling and hearty ingredients!

  10. I haven’t had anything with lentils in it, but after seeing this recipe I think I will try it out!

  11. This recipe looks yummy! Although I have never cooked lentils before I’m willing to try

  12. That looks delish! I’ve never cooked with lentils or collard greens, but this looks like something I’d try!

  13. I have never eaten lentils, but I would not mind trying them! I am, however, a HUGE fan of Chicken Soup for the Soul. I own ALL the books 🙂

  14. Looks good even though I have not eaten any.

  15. Looks really good!

  16. I have never had lentils, but you just made me want to try them! YUM~!

  17. I have never tried lentils, but will now.

  18. I love lentils and I make them all of the time, I use a can of diced tomatoes, herbs de provence, and lots of carrots, onions and celery in them.

  19. I have had lentils, but only in lentil soup

  20. Hello! I’ve never cooked with lentils. Mostly because I don’t know what to cook them with. This recipe looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  21. Stephanie Hebert

    As usual your recipe looks delicious! YUM!

  22. I have never tried lentils, but they sound really good! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Eloise
    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

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