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

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This hearty and healthy autumn soup is packed with veggies and will warm up your family members 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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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!"

Grandmaj2u User ID: 189795 233846
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"To the reviewer who said it was too high in sodium.....Here are a few ways to reduce that sodium. 1) Read the sodium count on various packages of sausage. You can easily save over 100 mg just by buying a different sausage. 2) use half the is high in sodium. 3) Sub 1/2 the amt. of low sodium chicken broth ( 2 Cups) for 2 to 3 envelopes Herbox NO Sodium envelopes and 2 to 3 C. Water. ADD in more thyme leaves....FRESH or dried thyme LEAVES....GROUND dried thyme is far to easy to over do which ruins the taste. Try Shady Brook hot Italian turkey Saisage....Ot is not too hot but has great flavor. ( and fat/sodium is less than most brands). I Double or triple the carrot and increase onion to 1 extra large. For garlic I use the jar minced type...usually 2 t. I also add 1 chopped green bell pepper.PLUS 1/2 C Paul Newmans Medium Salsa....Read the lable carefully b/c he sells LOTS of salsa types ( like peach etc which would definitely not work in this recipe)."

garryasmus User ID: 8550894 233588
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"I am so disappointed, this soup has 40% of recommended Daily allowance of sodium, way to high for this soup to be healthy!"

Chefinkev User ID: 8512600 233342
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

"This was excellent! I doubled the celery and carrot and added some swiss chard from my garden. DEEElish!"

yoshismokey User ID: 8387328 226794
Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"My family loved it! I added kale because it was in the fridge and I needed to use it up. Will definitely make this recipe again."

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 222414
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"This recipe was delicious! My lentil-skeptical husband even loved it. I did substitute chopped rotisserie chicken for the sausage, and used 4 cups water 4 chicken bouillon cubes instead of the broth. Also, added one chopped green pepper and some black pepper. I will be making this recipe again."

cellocookie User ID: 6884222 221843
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"I am so grateful for this recipe! I have been looking for a way to eat lentils (that tastes good) for a while! All of my 4 kids liked this... with my modifications. I didn't have the kind of sausage listed, so maybe that changes the finished product, but I thought the recipe as listed came out a little bland. I added 1/4 tsp garlic salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. I doubled the celery, carrots and garlic. So far, I have tried it with a beef sausage (and beef broth). I cooked the sausage in the microwave, chopped it up, and then squeezed as much of the grease as I could out of it. Sausage is very fattening so this is a simple trick to make the soup better for you. I have also boiled a leftover rotisserie chicken- meat and bones and made a chicken broth that way and then used the pure chicken meat instead of sausage, BOTH were delicious. In short, this recipe needed some adjusting to my preferences, but it is versatile, quick , and if you play your cards right can be very healthy AND my whole family liked it!!! Thank you!"

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