Braised Chicken Thighs with Lentils

Makes 6 Servings

Cooking Time: 90 min


2 Tbsp canola oil 30 ml
celery stick, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced thinly
carrot, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced thinly
large onion, finely chopped
garlic cloves, crushed or minced
1 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour 20 ml
1/2 tsp dried thyme, or a few sprigs fresh thyme 2 ml
bay leaf, left whole
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 30 ml
1 1/4 cup green lentils 310 ml
2 cans (10 oz) low sodium chicken stock or 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) strong homemade chicken stock 2 cans (284 mL)
1/2 cup dry white wine or unsweetened apple juice 125 ml
1 1/2 lb bone-in chicken thighs, skin discarded and fat trimmed (about 6-8 thighs) 750 g
1/4 tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 ml


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C).

Step 2
In a large Dutch oven or oven-safe saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil over medium heat. Add celery, carrot and onion, stir to combine and cover with lid on for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and flour, stirring to thoroughly distribute flour. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add thyme, bay leaf, mustard, lentils, stock and wine. Stir to combine.

Step 3
Meanwhile, in a separate skillet, add 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil and sauté chicken thighs in one or two batches until nicely browned (don’t worry about cooking them through). Then add browned chicken to the Dutch oven, and push them down into the liquid. Add salt and pepper, cover with a lid or foil, and bake in the oven for 1 1/2-2 hours until the chicken and lentils are cooked through. Check occasionally to be sure there is still 1- 2 inches (2.5 – 5 cm) of liquid in the pot. Top up with water, if required.

Step 4
Once cooked discard the bay leaf and thyme stems (if you used fresh). Ladle into bowls or serve over potatoes and top with the green beans.

Nutrition & Notes

Nutrition Information
Valeur nutritive
per 1 chicken thigh and about 1/2 cup (125 mL) of lentils
% Daily Value
% valeur quotidienne
Calories / Calories 350
Fat / Lipides 10 g
Saturated / saturés 1.5 g
+ Trans / trans
Cholesterol / Cholestérol 110 mg
Sodium / Sodium 370 mg
Carbohydrates / Glucides 29 g
Fiber / Fibres 7 g
Sugars / Sucres 2 g
Protein Protéines 32 g
Vitamin A / Vitamine A
Vitamin C / Vitamine C
Calcium / Calcium
Iron / Fer