Chicken with Carrots, Sage and Black Lentils

black lentils for chicken and sage recipe, copyright Hannah Katsman

black lentils

I don’t usually cook chicken during the week but I was in a rush one day last week and had a fresh whole chicken on hand. This came out so good I had to share! The sage and the black lentils lifted the chicken onto a whole different plane. If you’ve never had black lentils, you’re in for a treat. They are tiny with a slightly firm texture. And they cook quickly, with no need for pre-soaking.

I heated up the leftover chicken and lentils with cooked brown rice flavored with turmeric. As with most recipes containing beans, it was even better the next day.

Recipe: Chicken with Black Lentils, Carrots and Sage


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, cut coarsely
  • Whole chicken
  • About 5 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 cup black lentils, sorted and washed
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into rounds


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot and add onions. Saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and other ingredients.
  3. Add 3 cups of water, more if you want extra broth.  Make sure the lentils lie below the surface of the water.
  4. Heat to boiling and simmer until chicken is cooked, about an hour and 15 minutes. Cut into the thigh, and if the juice runs clear it’s done. Or use a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should reach 160 degrees F.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 15 minute(s)

Dietary restriction: Kosher, Gluten-Free

Number of servings (yield): 6

Note: A reader suggested the slow cooker, and that is an excellent idea. Cook on low for 5-7 hours. Or in a pressure cooker for 25 minutes at high pressure.

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  1. This does sound tasty. I’ll check if our local health food store carries black lentils.

  2. Do you think this would work with chicken pieces in a pan instead of a pot? I want to try it for Shabbat but I need more than 1 chicken’s worth of chicken.

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