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Chicken Lentil stew in a white bowl

Chicken Lentil Stew

Chicken Lentil Stew is a delicious and nutritious one pot meal that's loaded with tender juicy chicken pieces in a delicious veggie packed lentil stew. Lentil Chicken Stew made in Instant Pot is a great way of feeding your family a protein & fiber packed meal on a budget.
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Lentil Stew, Lentil Chicken Stew
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Meghna




How to make Chicken Lentil Stew in Instant Pot?

  • Pick over the lentils and wash them very well under running tap water. Drain and set aside.
  • Set the Instant Pot in SAUTE and keep it at NORMAL. Add oil, when the oil becomes moderately hot add the onion and the garlic pods. Saute until the onions turn just soft or just begin to become limp.
  • Next, add all the diced viggies like carrots, white and red potatoes. Saute for just about a minute.
  • Add the dry spice powders and saute for 1 more minute. Add salt. The spices might stick at the bottom of the pot at this stage. You may reduce the SAUTE settings from NORMAL to LOW. We will de glaze the pot later.
  • Next, add the chicken drumsticks or boneless chicken pieces. Give everything a very good mix. 
  • Add the crushed tomato, chipotle sauce and the tomato paste. Mix well.
  • Next, add the green and red lentils. Give everything a very good mix. Than pour about 2.5 cups water (read NOTES). Mix well and de glaze the pot. Scrape of any bits and crumbs from the bottom of the pot.
  • Throw in the bay leaves and the fresh thyme sprigs. Cover the pot, seal the valve and CANCEL the SAUTE mode. Press the PRESSURE COOK button and set it on HIGH for 4 mins.
  • After 4 mins when the Instant Pot begins too beep do a Quick pressure release (QPR) and open the cover. Fish out the thyme sprigs and the bay leaves. Serve hot with a dollop of fresh cream on the top and sprinkle some herbs of your choice on the top of the stew. Enjoy!

How to make Chicken Lentil Stew in Slow Cooker?

  • Dump all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup more water or stock and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Enjoy. 



  1. Measuring Units used: 1 cup = 240 ml & 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.
  2. Instant Pot used: 6 quart DUO.
  3. Love boneless chicken? Use either chicken breasts or thighs to make today's Lentil chicken stew and dice the boneless chicken into 2" inch cubes, large and chunky.
  4. If using boneless chicken thighs or breast pieces to make todays recipe use Chicken stock and skip the water. This adds so much more flavor.
  5. If using chicken on the bones like chicken drumsticks use water to cook the stew. The bone stock boosts up the flavor and you don't need extra stock to build flavor.
  6. If you are on a low carb diet remove the skin from the chicken drumsticks. We love this stew without chicken skin. It's totally a personal choice.
  7. This stew serves a family of 4 taking into account that each person gets 1 chicken drumstick per serving. You may scale up the recipe as well as scale down as per your needs. 
  8. NOTE: Today's chicken lentil stew makes a filling complete meal only when served with bread, and yogurt on the side.
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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Lentil Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 888mg39%
Potassium 1087mg31%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 24.8mg30%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 6.1mg34%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 888mg | Potassium: 1087mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 24.8mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 6.1mg