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Sweet Spiced Chicken And Puy Lentil Salad

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Sweet Spiced Chicken And Puy Lentil Salad

The marinade for this chicken is delicious - sweet, slightly spicy and easy. Puy lentils with their earthy flavour, make a fabulous accompaniment.


  • approx 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp mashed garlic
  • 1½ tsp minced ginger
  • ¼ cup natural yoghurt
  • 1 cup Puy lentils, rinsed
  • 2-3 cups rocket leaves
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 3 spring onions, trimmed and sliced


  • ½ cup unsweetened yoghurt
  • 2 tblsp fresh lime juice or lemon juice
  • 2 tblsp oil (olive is nice here)
  • 1 tblsp freshly chopped mint
  • 1½ tblsp freshly chopped coriander


  1. Mix the coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger and yoghurt together. Cut each chicken breast into 3-4 pieces and toss into the yoghurt marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30-50 minutes.
  2. Simmer the Puy lentils in 3 cups water for about 20-30 minutes or until just tender. Cool and season with salt.
  3. Grill or fry chicken pieces for 10-12 minutes until lightly brown and cooked. Toss the cooled lentils in the yoghurt dressing.
  4. To serve, spoon the lentils on a platter and top with a 2-3 hot pieces of chicken, a few rocket leaves, sliced pepper and spring onions.


  1. Stir together the yoghurt, lime or lemon juice, olive oil, mint and coriander.

Cooks Tips

- Puy lentils are available in most good supermarkets. If you cannot find them, use brown lentils.

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