My boys love lentils. I don’t know why – I’m somewhat ambivalent towards them, myself. But they are really healthy and chockfull of protein so I am happy to serve it to them (although to be honest, usually on nights when Michael isn’t around. ) And they can take a long time to cook – some varieties longer than others. So the slow cooker is the perfect venue for them. You will probably need to adjust the seasonings right before serving (contrary to popular belief, the slow cooker tends to lessen strong flavors over time) – and a shot of hot sauce would work well here.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup lentils
2 cups chicken broth
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, finely diced
3 bay leaves
1 tsp cumin (smoked, if you can get it)
1 tsp paprika (again, smoked, if you can get it)
Salt and pepper to taste
- Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker, making sure the chicken and lentils are fully covered in broth.
- Cook on low for 8 hours. Adjust seasoning for taste.
- Remove bay leaves prior to serving. Serve with a dash of hot sauce.