Chicken and Lentils with Cashews

Satisfyingly easy to prep, our Chicken and Lentils with Cashews combines our Success® Basmati Rice with chicken, warm spices, and more. Impress everyone at the table with a batch, tonight!

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Chicken and Lentils with Cashews

Cooking time
PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 25 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 40 mins


  • 2 bags Success® Basmati Rice
  • 2 tbsp canola oil, divided
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 can (15 oz) lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews


  • Make an easy, satisfying curry with help from our quick-cooking, long-grain basmati rice. With tender chicken, curry powder, crunchy cashews, soft lentils and creamy yogurt, this dish has loads of flavor, a mixture of textures and is sure to become a family favorite.

    Step 1

    Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

    Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Stir in garlic, curry powder and cumin. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

    Step 3

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

    Step 4

    Reduce heat and fold in lentils. Cover and simmer until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 5 minutes. Stir in yogurt. Serve over rice and garnish with cashews.


Curry, in a Hurry

This recipe for Chicken and Lentils with Cashews proves that making a delicious curry doesn’t have to take all day. Ready in less than an hour, this dish has all the characteristics of a tasty Indian curry without the wait.

Since no stew or curry is complete without the perfect rice by its side, we’ve paired this dish up with our quick-cooking Success® Basmati Rice. A classic pairing, fragrant curry and aromatic basmati rice make a wonderful pair.

As with most authentic curries, it’s important to start this one by heating up your spices and seasonings. Heating activates the flavors in curry paste and dried spices and ensures you get the most out of your curry.

For this recipe, you’ll start by sautéing onions and minced garlic with curry powder and cumin into a tasty, aromatic mixture. Next, you’ll brown the chicken to perfection, mix it with lentils and let it simmer until cooked through and bursting with flavor.

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

For the Veg Heads

For a vegetarian version of this recipe, omit the chicken and add chopped vegetables such as cauliflower, sweet potato or butternut squash. Simply dice them into small pieces, add in with the lentils and allow to simmer until tender. If the pan is too dry, add in 1/2 cup of broth or water to allow the vegetables to cook.

If you’re still craving a plant-based recipe, learn how to make this vegan meatloaf.