Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Lentils, Fennel, and Kale


Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Lentils, Fennel, and Kale

Serves 4

Prep time: 20 minutes. Cook time: ~45 minutes

This healthy dish is perfect for a winter night when you want something warm and comforting but not heavy.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 to 4 chicken breasts (we just used one package worth)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 3/4 cup red wine (chicken broth would also work well)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large sprig of rosemary
  • 1 cup potatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry lentils
  • 1 cup sliced fennel bulb
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 tsp. salt (omit if using salty chicken broth instead of wine)
  • 1 tsp. pepper


1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2) Heat a large oven-safe pot with a lid over medium heat; pour in olive oil and place chicken in a single layer. Cook, turning once, about 10 minutes (or until browned).

3) Remove chicken and add onion, garlic, and mushrooms to the pot. Cook/stir about 3 minutes. Add wine, water, rosemary, potatoes, and lentils, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

4) Add chicken, fennel, kale, salt, and pepper. Cover pot and place in oven. Cook 30 minutes; then remove from oven, remove rosemary sprig, and enjoy! Add extra salt/pepper to taste, if desired.

Check out the original post with more photos/commentary: Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Lentils, Fennel, and Kale.


  1. 1

    Yammy! Loved this chicken recipe. Looking very delicious. Seems very easy. I will try this tomorrow.

  2. 2

    Surely you mean “1c chopped potatoes”, not “1c potatoes, chopped”? 1c of potato would likely be just one potato. Same for the mushrooms, measured after chopping?

  3. 4

    Thanks, I enjoyed this recipe! Mine looks just like your picture. I used more lentils instead of potatoes and increased the liquid a little with some extra water and white wine in addition to the red wine.

  4. 5

    Sounds great. Any ideas on how to modify this to cook in a crock pot?

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