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Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew Recipe

Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew Recipe

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 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: 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.

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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!"

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!"

cbybee User ID: 3897502 221384
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."

Ellie31773 User ID: 5796034 220248
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."

[email protected] User ID: 478056 218295
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

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

SKTerpstra User ID: 4231446 137385
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."

Pinstripes User ID: 3468767 198171
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Loved it!"

cheeriogirl User ID: 2355136 196812
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."

ebpookie User ID: 5815088 151410
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!!!"

dtoro User ID: 3791413 193475
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"Excellent & easy."

BCookingFun User ID: 3719424 114797
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!"

danid User ID: 5870512 125560
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

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

interpretermom User ID: 3118724 151408
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!"

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 114794
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."

soren User ID: 1988780 137384
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!"

sweetlu62 User ID: 5385567 125556
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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