LENTIL-STUFFED ROAST CHICKEN

There is something very right about roast chicken on a Monday night; it is comfortingly reassuring after the anti-climactic return to work following a wild weekend. It also provides ready sandwich filling for Tuesday’s lunch, or – in my case – the inspiration for Tandy’s Take 5 Tuesday Pasta dish.

Monday afternoons are hectic in this household; The Bunn’s ballet lesson is at the awkward time of 5.15 to 6.15, and – by the time we get home – everyone is starving and wants to be fed immediately. This is where a roast chicken becomes perfect, I stick it in the oven (180 degrees C) at 4.30 and let it do its thing, with a salad cooling in the fridge; ready for the table.

My crowd love lentils and could eat them with every meal.  Tandy had issued a challenge for the week to make something savoury using chilli, so I made a stuffing for my bird using lentils, chopped green & red chillies, chopped onion, coriander, garlic and ginger.  If you’re going to try this, don’t forget to close the flaps over the filling to make sure it doesn’t topple out during cooking.

http://tandysinclair.com/2010/09/20/something-savoury/

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Sounds delicious. Coriander? Isn’t that the seed? Or cilantro (leaves) ? Thanks.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The leaves are variously referred to as coriander leaves, Chinese parsley, cilantro (in America, from the Spanish for the plant)…

  2. slpmartin says:

    I must try this some time soon…since the lentils are loved in this household also…thanks! Now off to bed!

  3. souldipper says:

    Yum. That pushes my delight button.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Come for leftovers … 😀

  4. adeeyoyo says:

    Roast chicken is so versatile! If I have a big enough one, the leftovers are used for chicken and mushroom pie, or curried chicken, etc. That’s why, if they are on the small side I like to buy two and cook them at the same time, then one goes into the freezer for another day.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good tip, thanks adee.

  5. Tandy says:

    this looks really tasty! I never stuff my chicken and suppose one day I should give it a bash 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I mostly just stick a lemon and a handful of herbs in the cavity when I roast mine.

  6. Posky says:

    I am never reading your blog late at night again. That looks like a a dream! I got SO hungry reading this that I made some lentil soup in the hopes that it would sate my cravings.

    It did not.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL! I’m sorry Matt, thanks for the visit 😀

      1. Posky says:

        It’s alright. I’ll be back but it will have to be after dinner to snag a recipe and not to enjoy food porn late at night.

        Likewise, thank you for the visit. I hope to see you back on my blog.

      2. theonlycin says:

        You can be sure of future visits from me 😀

  7. Supa says:

    Not a lentil fan I’m afraid.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Many folk don’t like them 😀

  8. leigh says:

    Innovative 🙂

  9. buttercup600 says:

    I am for sure going to try this Cindy, never tried it like this…looks just so yummy, have to say your foodies are the best…love it 🙂 Thanks for sharing this one…a must on my menu!! Have a good day my friend…xxxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks my friend, high praise coming from you!
      xxx

  10. Jamie Dedes says:

    We love lentils too. Have them at least once a week, mostly Lebanese style with rice, spices, and yogurt. This is clever, almost like stuff chicken with a pilaf … and some much nicer and healthier than the trite bread stuffing.

    Kudos and thanks for another good one …

    1. theonlycin says:

      I like that it gets the veg and chicken done in one dish with no fuss … 🙂

  11. gospelwriter says:

    I tried to respond to this last night but my comment got eaten somehow – it was late anyway…

    It does look so delicious, even more so today, now that I’m less tired and have a whole day of eating to at least consider. 😉

    I too love lentils.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lentils can save the world; very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Protein, Iron, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Folate and Manganese.

      Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4338/2#ixzz10EXk75So

  12. halfp1nt says:

    Looks delicious, Cin. I love lentils, but I’ve never thought of using them to stuff a chicken with.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Try it, you’ll love it 🙂

  13. Ohhhhhhh, that is deeply inspiring, Cindy. I love lentils and the combination of the ginger and chilli must be mouth watering. And sandwiches the next day – how much better can it get?

    I never stuff anything, but I’m going to start. Right this Monday.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Let us know the outcome, Kate 🙂

  14. tsuchigari says:

    I’ve never prepared lentils for my family, I’m going to have to give it a go after this!

  15. Naomi says:

    Looks TOO DELICIOUS!! I love lentils, but never bother to make stuffing…partly because we’re hooked on Woolies’ ready-roasted chickens – shameful to a chef, I’m sure!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      My treat when I’m feeling lazy: woolies chicken, potato salad and seeded rolls 🙂

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