Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew Recipe
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Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew Recipe

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This hearty and healthy stew will warm your family right down to their toes! Serve with corn bread or rolls to soak up every last morsel. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 fully cooked spicy chicken sausage links (3 ounces each), cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 231 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 803mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 13g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.


  1. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until lentils are tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew in Healthy Cooking October/November 2011, p33

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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jrlech User ID: 7347968 265249
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2017

"This was delicious - my kids even liked it. I doubled the carrots and added a couple of potatoes."

swlists User ID: 5571676 264505
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2017

"It was good but not great, the lentils could have used more cooking time. I would need to double the sausage next time."

nickl80 User ID: 5655199 261161
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"I thought it was a bit bland."

Nancn58 User ID: 8487529 259342
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2017

"This is a great recipe. My husband and I loved it. We had it for New Year's Day dinner. Then we ate the leftovers later in the week and it was even better."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 257160
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"It was good, but I have to admit that I expected a little more flavor based on all the wonderful reviews. It wasn't bad, but it definitely was not my favorite."

angmclanc User ID: 3282588 255322
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"Perfect meal for colder weather. It's healthy and hearty at the same time, and super quick to throw in the crock pot."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 250488
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2016

"So yummy & healthy! I love recipes that you can just dump in a slow cooker.

- Theresa"

ambr33 User ID: 8712142 242417
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Great weeknight meal! I added some chopped kale towards the last hour of cooking. Will make again!"

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 237144
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"I found this to be a bit too watery to be a stew. Stews are supposed to be thicker. Otherwise it's just soup. I decided to let it cook a little longer to hopefully thicken it up. By then the sausage I used was rubbery and tasteless. Even before I let it cook longer, I found it to not have much flavor, it was very bland. I'm not sure I'd try this again. I'd really have to change quite a bit."

Paige-Markie User ID: 7471422 235669
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"I made this stew last night and my husband and I both loved it, I added a few diced red potatoes I needed to use. I did use dried thyme leaves and just the 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes. This soup has great flavor and is hearty without feeling heavy. I served cornbread on the side. I will be making this often during the coming cooler months ahead. Thanks for a great recipe!"

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