Friday, September 20, 2013

Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, and Chicken Lentil Skillet

This recipe begins a Fall season full of pumpkin recipes!  The temperature drastically dropped today; thus, the chilly, crisp breeze definitely begged for a warm, hearty, and savory dinner dish inspired by Fall - thus, the need for pumpkin!  By using protein-packed lentils with left-over grilled chicken cutlets, this skillet was definitely filling and belly-warming.  While this skillet may not appear as the most palatable dish, the combination of spices, onion, bell pepper, sweet potato, and pumpkin compliment one another to create a rich, delectable tasting meal!

  • 1/3 cup dried lentils
  • 1 small sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 large red onion
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 large leaves of fresh basil, chopped (you can use dried basil if you don't have fresh - in this case, use about 1 to 1/1/2 tbsp. dried basil)
  • 1 grilled chicken breast cutlet, chopped into chunks
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. cumin
  • pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil

Preparation: Grill a chicken cutlet seasoned with just some adobo or seasoned salt and garlic powder.  This is a perfect dish when you have leftover chicken that you want to use up!

Use a paper towel to spread olive oil all over a frying pan, and heat on medium heat.  When the frying pan is hot, add in the onion and bell pepper; sauté until the onion begins to caramelize.  Then, add in the garlic and basil, and sauté for about 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.  Toss in sweet potato, dried lentils, chicken stock, water, and pumpkin puree.  Season the skillet with the ginger, cumin, pepper, and salt.  Mix everything together, then cover the frying pan with a lid.  Bring the skillet to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for about 20-25 minutes until the lentils are soft to enough to eat.  While the skillet is simmering, stir every 8 minutes or so, just to make sure it isn't burning or "sticking" together.  If the mixture ever seems too thick, feel free to add more water - just a little at a time.  Once the lentils are soft, uncover the skillet, toss in the chicken, stir it all together so the chicken becomes coated with the pumpkin seasoning, and let it simmer some more until the chicken is warmed. 
Now exhilarate your taste buds and fill your belly with this yummy, cozy Fall skillet :)

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