Chicken and Lentils with Cashews

This savory Chicken Curry with Cashews is made quick with our Boil-in-Bag Success® Basmati Rice. Make a batch and enjoy a satisfyingly easy lunch prep.

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Servings SERVES 4


  • 2 bags Success® Basmati Rice
  • 2 Tbsps vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 each garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsps curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin powder
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 can (15 oz.) lentils, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts, chopped (optional)


  • Make an easy, satisfying savory curry with help from our quick long-grain basmati rice, tender chicken, curry powder, crunchy cashews, and soft lentils– all brought together with creamy plain yogurt.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Stir in garlic, curry, and cumin. Cook for 1-2 minutes more.

    Step 2

  • Add the remaining oil and the chicken and cook for 10 minutes, stirring to coat chicken in the spice mixture.

    Step 3

  • Fold in lentils and cover and simmer until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 5 minutes. Stir in yogurt. Serve over rice and garnish with cashews, if desired.

Curry, in a Hurry

You don’t need to be a culinary expert to make a great curry–and this recipe for Chicken Lentil Curry can prove it. Cutting down your cooking time to just under an hour, this dish has all the characteristics of a tasty Indian curry without the wait. Of course, no creamy stew, sauce or curry is complete without the perfect rice companion.

For its classic Indian components, we’ve paired this savory lentil and chicken concoction with our Boil-in-Bag Success® Basmati Rice. Aside from its rice, like most authentic curries, it’s important to start by heating up your seasonings. This activates the flavors in your curry paste, powder and/or dried spices and ensures you get the most out of your curry.

For this recipe, you’ll do just that by sautéing onions with minced garlic, curry powder, and cumin into a tasty aromatic mixture. Next, comes the chicken. Browned up to perfection and then coated with lentils and simmered until cooked through.

To top things off, you’ll add a healthy dose of fresh yogurt and chopped walnuts– giving this curry the creamy texture and added crunch that makes it impossible to resist.

For the Veg Heads

For a vegetarian alternative to this recipe, omit the chicken and add chopped vegetables such as cauliflower, sweet potato, or butternut squash and cook until tender.