This chicken and lentil stew recipe is so easy to make and is flavorful and filling. It goes very well with rice.
Put the lentils into a sauce pan. Rinse under running water and drain the rinsing water out.
Add 2 1/2 cups of unsalted water. (Do not use salt as it toughens the lentils as they cook)
Bring to a boil, and cook for 20 to 30 minutes until tender. Stir occasionally. Shut off and set aside.
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or deep side skillet set over medium heat.
Add onion and sauté for a few minutes until soft and transparent.
Add garlic and sauté for one minute.
Add red bell pepper and cook another 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low and add basil, oregano, pepper, and salt.
Add chicken pieces and allow to cook for several minutes until the chicken is cooked through and no pink shows.
Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir in to combine.
Cook another 5 minutes.
Add cooked lentils, and chicken stock.
Gently stir to combine.
Increase the heat to high and get the stew to almost a boil, then turn right down to low and cook, covered, for 7 to 10 minutes.
This stew goes very well served with rice.