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Whole Grain Lentil Stew Recipe. Delicious And Simple!


Integralisimo proposes you to cook a delicious whole grain lentil stew and chicken meatballs on cold winter days. A simple recipe to prepare and with just a few ingredients, you get a substantial nutritious meal. With no doubt, an excellent option for large families with good appetite.

Let’s talk about the recipe:

Preparing this recipe is easy because it has no complications in terms of its preparation, and it has more than one advantage. The ingredients used are just a few and often used, easy to find in any market. In addition, you can change any of them according to preference or need without inconvenience.

About the ingredients:

One of the ingredients in this recipe is brown rice, which in other countries is known as brown rice, cargo rice, or whole rice. The outer shell or glume is removed from this type of rice, which is not edible, but retains the wheat germ and the bran layer that surrounds it. For this reason, rice grains have a slightly brownish color.

Due to its composition, brown rice is harder than white rice. Therefore, it requires more cooking time. Generally, it takes 40 minutes to cook, although this can differ depending on the brand of rice used. For this reason, before using it in a recipe, it is convenient to pre-cook the rice to shorten the preparation time.

Continuing with the ingredients list are the lentils, this time I used thin-skinned brown ones. But you can use any variety, whether they are pardina, castilian, blond, green (puy), red, yellow, black (beluga) lentils, etc. Which may or may not soak previously. Although if you choose to skip this step, the cooking time will consequently be different, prolonging it.

Certainly, both soaking and cooking times fluctuate depending on the variety of lentil (see notes). Then it is advisable to read the instructions on the package or know the lentil that is going to be used before starting with the recipe. However, you can use canned lentils and skip this step.


Preparing chicken meatballs is easy since chicken meat has its advantages. Quite frankly, it’s some of the leanest, most protein-rich meat out there. And on the other, it is its protein composition that makes it beneficial for its preparation.

And it is that said protein contained in chicken meat acts as a glue. For this reason, there would be no need to add extra ingredients to bind the preparation. For this protein to develop, you have to knead the minced chicken meat for a few minutes, just as if it were a dough.

As an alternative to chicken, it can be pork or beef. Another way to accompany it if you don’t want to make meatballs is with chorizo, grill sausages, chopped meat and the classic lentil stew, bacon. Although, if you are one of those who like complete stews, you can combine any of them to make it filling.

About Cooking:

Like any lentil stew, cooking must be in order. This means that the ingredients are added according to their cooking time. In this way, none of them remains raw or overcooked. Therefore, the order is important for a good result. The cooking is in a pot or saucepan, preferably with a thick bottom, so that it does not stick.

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Whole Grain Lentil Stew And Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Whole Grain Lentil Stew And Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Whole Grain Lentil Stew And Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Rating 5.0/5
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  • Chicken breast 2
  • Garlic 2
  • Parsley c / n
  • STEW:
  • Hydrated lentils 400 g / 2 cans
  • Brown rice 110 g / ½ cup
  • Tomato sauce 500 ml
  • Medium onion 1
  • Big Potato 1
  • Red pepper ½
  • Vegetable / chicken / meat broth 1 (optional)
  • Garlic 2
  • Salt and pepper
  • Various: bay leaf, sweet paprika, ground chili, oregano, parsley, etc.
  • Optional: carrots, peas, salty bacon, chorizo, grilled sausages, meat, etc.



  1. Blend chicken breasts with garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Cómo Hacer Albondigas De Pollo Cómo Hacer Albondigas De Pollo
  2. Place in a bowl, knead until you get a dough-like mixture. Take portions and shape the meatballs with your hands. Cómo Hacer Albondigas De Pollo


  1. In a saucepan, fry the meatballs with the onion, red pepper and minced garlic. In this step, you can add any type of meat (optional).
  2. Add tomato sauce, tomato extract, bouillon cube, and a little water (if necessary add more water as it is consumed).
  3. Once it boils, add the precooked brown rice and lentils. Season to taste. Halfway through cooking add the washed, peeled and chopped potato.


  • Tomato sauce can be replaced by fresh tomatoes (2 or 3 units). To make it taster, add tomato extract.
  • This stew can be made without tomato sauce. For more flavor, use some type of broth (vegetable, meat, chicken).
  • Meatballs can be made of beef, pork, chicken, fish, legumes, etc.
  • Secret: when the stew is finished cooking, cover and let it rest for about 15 minutes before serving.
  • Brown rice can be replaced by another type of rice. Keep in mind the cooking time.


  • Lentils generally double in size with hydration. So this recipe used approximately 200 grams of lentils / 1 cup of lentils.
  • To speed up the soaking time, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water.


  • Blondes: (4-8 hours)
  • Castilian: (4-8 hours)
  • Pardina: (2-8 horas)
  • Green: (2-8 horas)
  • Puy: (30 minutos-4 horas)
  • Black: (30 minutos-4 horas)


  • Thin-skinned lentils
  • Red lentils
  • Peeled yellow lentils


  • Blondes: 20-25 minutes (with soak) / 30-35 minutes (without soak)
  • Castilian: 20-25 minutes (with soak) / 30-35 minutes (without soak)
  • Pardina: 18-22 minutes (with soak) / 30 minutes (without soak)
  • Green: 18-22 minutes (with soak) / 30 minutes (without soak)
  • Puy: 18-20 minutes (with soak) / 25-30 minutes (without soak)
  • Black:15-18 minutes (with soak) / 22-26 minutes (without soak)
  • Yellow: 20-25 minutes (without soaking)
  • Red: 20-25 minutes (without soaking)
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