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Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew Recipe

Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew Recipe

This hearty and healthy soup will warm up your family members right down to their toes! It’s packed with veggies and warm tastes of autumn. Serve with corn bread or rolls to soak up every last morsel. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew

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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

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

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."

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!"

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)."

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!"

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

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

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."

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."

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!"

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"I have made this soup a few times and the family loves it. A snowy day in Georgia and had to throw this soup in the crockpot. I used an Italian chicken sausage and added turkey pepperoni. I also added a red pepper and a little dried oregano."

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"I can see why this won a contest. It's been one of my favorite cold-weather meals since I found it in September. I misread the recipe and bought bulk chicken sausage (I got spicy Italian), so I browned it before making the recipe as written. Freezes like a charm."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Tasty! Had Beef Kielbasa so used that & beef broth, also added the kale suggested below."

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

"Good, rich flavors. I added a 1/2 tsp each of cumin, summer savory, and rosemary.

Beware: using double-smoked sausage can overwhelm the other flavors in the soup. A spiced, single smoked sausage would be better."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Loved it!"

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"Made it with the Italian chicken sausage from Meijer, and it was delicious. I forgot to start it this a.m. in the crock pot, so I cooked it on the stove. Turned out great."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"Awesome i just added turkey pepperoni and the chicken sausage then some kale for more veggies and protien this was awesome thank you!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"Excellent & easy."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"I made this tonight using 1 tsp thyme and 1/2 tsp cumin. I also used 28oz can of Rotel for the tomatoes (not recommended-it was too spicy). Otherwise, it was delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"simple and delicious!! Full of flavor, a fabulous fall meal!!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"I made this for a church gathering and everyone was skeptical when they heard "Lentils" in the name. After one bite, all were converted!"

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I cooked this on top of the stove for about 2 hours on very low heat. I added some grated zucchini and yellow squash and added more of the other veggies. I didn't care much for the chicken sausage and think I will use Italian sausage or smoked sausage next time. This is one of those dishes where you can cut back on the meat and not lose any flavor. Delicious with home made French bread."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"Made this by cooking on high for 4 hours in the crockpot. it was fantastic my13month old and my 4 year old loved it!"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"DELISH!!! I just made this today and had it for dinner, I have to say I didn't make it in the crockpot I just used my dutch oven on the stove and it cooked pretty quick! I used turkey sausage and half of a hot smoked sausage, made cornbread to go with it..perfect meal for a cool evening!! Will be making this alot this winter :)"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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