Dhal Chicken Recipe

Dhal Chicken Recipe

16 April 2023

If you're looking for a hearty and flavorful meal that's easy to make, this Dhal Chicken Recipe is a perfect choice. Dhal, the Indian word for lentils, is the star of the show in this spicy dish that's perfect for curry night. Packed with tender chicken pieces, fragrant spices, and plenty of lentils, this dish is warming, satisfying, and full of protein and fiber. The spiced oil adds an extra layer of flavor and makes for a beautiful presentation. Follow the simple steps below to create a delicious and aromatic easy dhal chicken curry that's sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
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Cooking Time

1 Hour


150g yellow split lentils (moong dal)

1tbs vegetable oil or coconut oil

350g boneless chicken thighs - diced

1 red onion - sliced

1 clove garlic - finely chopped

1tsp turmeric

2 green chillies - slit lengthways

500ml water

2 large fresh tomatoes - roughly chopped

good pinch sea salt

large handful fresh coriander - chopped

For the spice oil:

2 tbs vegetable oil or coconut oil

½ onion

1 clove garlic - finely chopped

2cm piece fresh ginger - peeled and grated

1tsp cumin seeds


1Wash the lentils then place in a large bowl and cover with water to soak for half an hour

2Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in your Circulon Covered Sauté pan and fry the chicken pieces until lightly browned all over. Lift out with a slotted spoon and set aside

3Add the onion and fry gently for 4-5 minutes until beginning to brown then add the garlic, turmeric and chillies and cook for another 2 minutes

4Drain the lentils and add to the pan along with the water, tomatoes and browned chicken and any juices. Season with salt and bring to a simmer

5Simmer for 45 minutes to one hour, until the lentils are very soft. Keep the lid on for the first half an hour then remove to let the sauce thicken slightly. You may need to add a little extra water

6Ten minutes before the dhal is ready, make the spiced oil. Heat your Circulon skillet over medium heat and add the cumin seeds. Toast for a few minutes, taking care not to let them burn, then add the oil and onion and fry for 5-6 minutes until soft and golden. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until everything is well cooked but not burnt

7Transfer the dhal to a serving bowl then pour the spice oil over the top, swirling it in. Garnish with the chopped coriander

This Dhal Chicken Recipe is a delicious and nutritious option for a hearty meal. The combination of lentils, chicken, and fragrant spices creates a flavourful and satisfying dish that's perfect for curry night or any time you're in the mood for something warm and comforting. The spiced oil adds an extra layer of flavor and makes for an impressive presentation. This recipe is easy to make and can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. Serve with rice or naan bread for a complete meal.

What is the best cookware to make dhal?

To ensure you create the best chicken dhal curry possible, you will want to cook this recipe in a heavy-based sauté or chef's pan. These clever pans are a cross between a frying pan and a saucepan, and are ideal for recipes that require you to start by frying spices and then add in ingredients like lentils and tomatoes to create a rich and flavourful dhal. It's an essential addition to any kitchen! 

If you want to increase the recipe to feed more people and you have the space, you might also consider investing in our family-size large wok. This durable kitchen workhorse is fantastic for frying and cooking large meals.