This Lentil Stew with Chicken Sausage recipe is perfect during the cold season! Serve it over mashed potatoes and you’ve got great comfort food. Best of all the chicken sausage is gluten free!
Lentil Stew with Chicken Sausage – A Twist on Traditional Comfort Food
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Most of my recipes are vegetarian and probably about 90%+ of our meals are plant-based. But, we do still eat chicken and meat (and enjoy it when we do!).
Maybe it’s because of my German/Austrian heritage, but I have a real weakness for sausages. Especially flavored sausage (this is my absolute favorite)!
For this dish I used a flavored apple sausage I found at Trader Joe’s. If you don’t live near Trader Joe’s, you can use this apple flavored sausage instead. But I digress.
Unlike a traditional stew, this lentil stew recipe has a has a bit sweetness and hint of tart which works really well with the chicken sausage.
And then there are the lentils, I simply love them. Lentils are super budget-friendly and rich in nutrients.
Lentils contain (relatively) high amounts of protein as well as fiber and vitamin B.
In other words this recipe is tasty, healthy, and filling. And except for the chicken sausage all of the ingredients are things you’ll likely find in your kitchen.
More Gluten Free Recipes
If you’re new to a gluten free life, check out these easy and delicious recipes:
- Pesto Zucchini Noodles (aka Zoodles) with Baked Cod
- Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
- Pear and Mascarpone Pasta (made with brown rice spaghetti)
- Red Lentil Pasta Salad
Cooking the Lentils
- Rinse lentils with water before boiling.Add 3 cups of liquids (vegetable, chicken broth, or water) to 1 cup of dry lentils into a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil and simmer according to package instructions. (Ours took 35 minutes.)
Preparing the Stew
- Chop onions, garlic, and celery, and parsley. Slice baby carrots in half.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet with lid. Sauté onions, garlic, and celery over low heat. After 5 minutes add the halved baby carrots. Add mustard, vinegar, maple syrup, and salt. Continue to simmer for 20 minutes or until carrots are soft.
- Meanwhile cut the chicken sausage lengthwise in half. Place a frying pan on the stove and turn the heat to medium. Once the frying pan is heated, add the sausages simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Once the chicken is heated completely transfer onto a paper towl, remove extra fat. Cut sausage halves into bite-sized pieces. Add to vegetables.
- Add cooked lentils simmer and everything for another 5 minutes.
- Serve hot and enjoy.
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I’d love to see your lentil stew recipes!