Gina Homolka

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken and Lentil Stew

Hi there, I’m Gina Homolka from Skinnytaste, and I’m thrilled to be a featured this month on Delish Dish! I started Skinnytaste back in 2007 just for fun while experimenting in my kitchen with lighter recipes on a quest to shed a few pounds. I always loved cooking, so coming up with ways to  lighten my favorite recipes was a fun challenge – I never dreamed it would one day become my full time career! And now, here I am guest posting on BHG.com’s Delish Dish, if this is a dream, please don’t wake me up!

January is all about comfort food and I LOVE making soups and stews for my family to warm us up on those chilly winter nights, so this Spicy Chipotle Chicken Lentil Stew really caught my attention on Better Homes and Garden’s Skinny Slow Cooker magazine. I love lentils, and often make Chicken and Lentil Soup for my family, but I’ve never made it in the slow cooker so I was curious to see how it would turn out. I’m not too much a of a chipotle pepper fan, so I swapped them out for one seeded jalapeño pepper and kept this dish a bit milder for my family’s more sensitive palate. I also subbed the onions for scallions and added some chopped cilantro to the stewing liquid. Once the dish was ready, I served it with fresh slices of avocado and additional cilantro on top to add an element of freshness that I think is a must!

Best part about this recipe – the prep time is short and doesn’t require any pre-cooking, plus it makes enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day, a win-win for me!

You can see the original recipe here, enjoy!

Spicy Chipotle Chicken Lentil Stew

 

7 Responses to “ Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken and Lentil Stew ”

  1. Looks wonderful, Gina! As always! So happy for you!!! Well deserved!

  2. Can’t wait to try this. Every single recipe of Gina’s that I have tried has been a huge winner. This looks delicious.

  3. Gina, love your recipes. I have tried many!! Get an email a day w a recipe from your site. Quick question: Does it matter, dried lentils or the ones in a can? Thanks!

  4. Gina, your recipes are “user friendly” and so tasty. A couple of years ago when I found skinnytaste.com I was thrilled to find healthier choices for meals and they were fun to make as well. Thank you for what you do for all of us!

  5. I tried to print the recipe and noticed the number of ounces was missiing on the broth and tomatoes. Please advise

  6. You guys are all awesome!

    Brenda, I never used canned lentils, I would imagine it would work.

    Rita: 3 cans broth (14.5 oz each), 2 cans Rotel (10 oz each) enjoy!

  7. Made this over the weekend and it was awesome! Used green lentils instead of brown because that’s what I had. Didn’t even need the cheese at the end! I’m thinking I will use less broth (maybe 1/2 a can) next time because I’d like it less liquidy. But definitely a keeper!