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Chicken and Lentil Curry

Preparation: 10 mins

Cooking: 35 mins

Serves 4, costs under £5.00


  • 2 Tablespoons (20g) Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Medium (300g) Onions
  • 2 (6g) Garlic Cloves or 2 Teaspoons Garlic Puree
  • ½ Teaspoons (2g) Ground Ginger
  • 2 Teaspoons (6g) Garam Masala (or any medium curry powder)
  • 1 Teaspoons (3g) Chilli Flakes
  • 1 (160g) Red Pepper
  • 1 Large Sized (150g) Chicken Fillet
  • 1 Tin (400g) Chopped or Plum Tomatoes
  • 1 Tin (390g) Green Lentils
  • (200ml) Cold Water
  • 1 Mug (300g) Easy Cook Rice
  • 1 Small bunch (10g) Fresh Coriander (optional)

Allergy Disclaimer

Always check the label of each ingredient for allergy warnings.

Cost Disclaimer

Please note the cost per serving may now be slightly higher due to rising prices in supermarkets.


  1. Peel and finely chop the onion, peel and crush the garlic, and de-seed and chop the red pepper.

  2. Cut the chicken into small pieces.

  3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Fry the onions until they're soft.

  4. Add the garlic, ginger, spices and red pepper. Cook slowly for 5 minutes.

  5. Drain and rinse the green lentils and add to the saucepan with the chicken, chopped tomatoes and cold water. If using plum tomatoes, chop them up using a spoon when in the pan.

  6. Cook on a low heat for about 30 minutes until the chicken is tender.

  7. Cook the rice as per the instructions on the packet.

  8. Chop the coriander (optional), add to the curry, and serve the curry with rice.

Nutritional Information

Per 100g
Per 476g serving

Energy Kcals
Energy Kj
4.5 g
21.6 g
Total Fat
1.5 g
7.1 g
Saturated Fat
0.1 g
0.7 g
17.5 g
83.5 g
Total Sugars
2.2 g
10.3 g
NSP Fibre
1.7 g
8.2 g
16 mg
74 mg
0 g
0.2 g

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