Deliciously Warming Red Chicken Casserole For Your Valentine

This deliciously warming winter meal (perfect for Valentine’s Day!) was born by happy accident this weekend. I had a big hunk of red cabbage in the fridge that I wasn’t quite sure to do with, some chicken, tomatoes and lentils. Feeling creative, I made this dish in less than 30 minutes and since I love the reddish purple color, I decided it would be the perfect Valentine’s meal for anyone. You can even make this in your slow cooker in the morning and it will be tender and delicious by the time you tuck in for supper. Pair with quinoa or brown rice and your best bottle of red and you have a simple and delectable dish to impress any lover!

chicken stew valentine's

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast, sliced thinly (or 2 chicken thighs which are much cheaper but take longer to cook – I suggest using your slow cooker for these or simmering on low heat for about 2 hours until really tender)
  • 1/2 cup lentils (I used green puy lentils for this dish, but black are great too)
  • 1 large can plum tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, sliced thinly into 2 inch pieces
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon harissa paste or powder (this is a warming Moroccan spice available at most supermarkets. It can be quite spicy so add it bit by bit.)
  • coconut oil
  • sea salt and black pepper

Method:

  1. Place one tablespoon of coconut oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add onion and red cabbage and cook until soft.
  2. Place sliced chicken, dry lentils and plum tomatoes and garlic into the pot with the harissa paste or powder. Season with a pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper. Cover with a lid and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  3. Serve with brown rice or quinoa.

{Slow cooker method: Brown the chicken with the coconut oil in a pan and then place all of the other ingredients into your slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours.}

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