Solo: Chicken Dhal

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Solo: Chicken Dhal

Curried chicken with red lentil dhal and kale. Topped with roasted carrots and nigella seeds.

Ingredients to serve 1

  • 150g x chicken fillets – slice into cubes (1½ cm)
  • ¼ x onion – peel & chop finely
  • ½ cup x red lentils
  • 1 x carrot – matchsticks (½ cm)
  • ½ tsp x garam masala
  • 3 tsp x mother-in-law curry powder (spicy)
  • ½ tsp x nigella seeds
  • 50g x kale – remove stalk & tear leaves
  • olive oil (from your pantry)
  • salt & pepper (from your pantry)
  • tin foil (from your pantry)


Step 1

Preparation: Boil the kettle. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Prepare all ingredients as indicated above.

Step 2

Roasted carrot matchsticks: Cut in half crossways. Then cut each half lengthways into slices (½ cm thick) and cut each slice into matchsticks (½ cm). Place on a tin foil lined tray and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix and arrange in a single layer and roast for 20-25 minutes until golden and cooked.

Step 3

Lentil Dhal: Place a small pot on medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add HALF the onion with a pinch of salt and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add HALF the mother-in-law curry powder (spicy – use to preference) and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Then add the red lentils and boiling water (2 cups for 4, 1 cup for 2). Simmer for 7-8 minutes until the lentils are almost cooked (add a splash more water if the water evaporates before the lentils are fully cooked). Mix through the kale and garam masala and cook for 1-2 minutes until the kale is wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Curried Chicken: Season with salt and pepper, the REST of the mother-in-law curry powder and drizzle with a little olive oil. Rub to coat. Place a pan on medium-high heat with a knob of butter. When the butter has melted add the REST of the onion and the chicken. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until cooked though and golden.

Step 5

Serve the lentil dhal topped with the curried chicken and roasted carrots. Sprinkle over the nigella seeds.