Chicken Dhansak Recipe

Chicken dhansak

  • serves 2
  • Easy

This is our healthy version of chicken dhansak. It's easy to make, ready in under an hour, high in protein and under 500 calories. Put the takeaway menu down...


Try this chicken dhansak, then check out our chicken jalfrezi, chicken madras, healthy chicken curry, healthy slow cooker chicken curry and more chicken curry recipes.



  • onion 1, peeled and roughly chopped

  • ginger peeled and chopped to make 2 tbsp
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed

  • green chilli 1, sliced

  • oil for frying
  • turmeric ½ tsp

  • ground cumin 2 tsp
  • ground coriander 2 tsp

  • cardamom 2 pods, lightly bashed
  • skinless chicken breasts 2, diced
  • red lentils 50g

  • chopped tomatoes 400g tin
  • chicken stock 200ml
  • coriander a small bunch, chopped


  • Step 1

    Put the onion, ginger, garlic and chilli in a small blender and whizz to a paste, adding a splash of water if you need to.

  • Step 2

    Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and fry the paste with a pinch of salt for 10 minutes until the onions are just turning golden. Add the spices and fry for another minute.

  • Step 3

    Add the chicken and lentils, frying until the chicken is opaque.

  • Step 4

    Add the tomatoes and stock, bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes until the lentils are tender and the chicken is cooked through. Scatter with coriander to serve.

Try one of our other healthy low fat recipes

Turmeric Broth With Chicken And Ginger Dumplings. Bowl of turmeric broth with chicken and ginger dumplings

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 348
  • Fat 5g
  • Saturates 0.8g
  • Carbs 28.1g
  • Sugars 12.7g
  • Fibre 7.7g
  • Protein 43.8g
  • Salt 0.5g