Moroccan Chicken and Lentils


8 cups water

3 teaspoon salt, divided

1 lb brown lentils, rinsed & drained

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons ground cumin, divided

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large onion, chopped

1 1/2 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts thinly sliced

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup chopped fresh parsley


Combine 8 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt in heavy large saucepan over high heat. Add lentils; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well; rinse with cold water and drain again. Place in large bowl.

Whisk 1/2 cup olive oil, vinegar, 2 tablespoons cumin, 2 tablespoons chili powder, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt in large measuring cup. Pour 1 cup dressing over warm lentils and toss. Cool.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over high heat. Add onion; sauté until dark brown and soft, about 5 minutes. Add chicken; sauté 2 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cumin, 2 teaspoons chili powder, and cinnamon. Sauté until chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes longer.

Arrange lentils on large platter. Place sliced chicken atop lentils. Drizzle with remaining dressing and sprinkle with parsley. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)


A blend of cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon gives this dish its Moroccan flair.