Braised Chicken Casserole

A beautiful braised chicken dish served with spinach and lentils is the perfect mid-week meal. It is both low in fat and high in protein and will keep you full and satisfied. 

Serves: Four

Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 x 170g chicken breast fillets, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped, plus 1 tablespoon chopped celery leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 cup (250ml) salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 120g baby spinach leaves
  • 2 x 400g cans brown lentils, rinsed, drained
  • 4 crusty bread rolls, to serve



Heat oil in a frypan over medium-high heat; add chicken and brown all over for three-four minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, add onion, celery stalk, garlic and thyme, then season. Cook for five minutes, stirring, until vegetables soften. Return chicken to pan with stock, bring to the boil, then cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Stir in spinach, celery leaves and lentils, then cook for three-four minutes until spinach is wilted and lentils are warmed through. Serve with crusty bread.

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