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French Style Leek, Bacon & Chicken “Lenotto”

I love risotto but I’m not so keen on how bloated I can feel after munching my way through a big plate of starch rice.

So at home I often use spelt or barley as a base in place of the rice as they are more filling ( you need/eat less), they are more nutritious (the ancient grains have a higher protein content) while both contain a little gluten I can seem to tolerate this much better than other grains.

Serves 4
  • 1 White Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Chopped,
  • 1 Stick Celery, Chopped
  • 1 Carrot, Chopped
  • 1 Small Leek, Chopped
  • 100g Bacon Lardons
  • 1 Large Chicken Breast (about 150gms)
  • 200g Puy Lentils
  • 20g Garden Peas
  • 20g Broad Beans
  • 1 Pint Vegetable Bullion/Stock
  • Handful of Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley, Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provance
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

The dish was inspired in the Charente France while on our Health & Fitness Holiday in 2016. Through some mix up I didn’t have the main ingredient for an evening supper dish and so I pondered what I could rustle up “ready, steady cook!” style at short notice. And Lenotto was born (you see what I did there!!)

Lentils are a great source of complex carbohydrate, protein and as well as being a great source of fibre they are also high in folate and magnesium which is great for heart health.  This much overlooked legume is well worth including in your regular diet.

This is really a one pan dish, but I’m a sucker for trying to make my plate look pretty…we do eat with our eyes after all… and so I poach my chicken in a separate pan and then shred and add on top of the dish with a flourish or fresh parsley. You can just bung it all in together….it will still taste great

When you want to enjoy a grain free risotto then this Lenotto is the perfect supper dish.

In a large pan gently dry fry the bacon lardons until they release their fat and then add the onions and garlic and cook until soft.

If you are poaching your chicken separately put this in a pan with just enough water to cover it, a little salt, pepper and a bay leaf and gently simmer for about 20 mins until cooked through. Alternatively, you can just use a precooked chicken breast or chop the chicken and add it to the pot at this stage. Lots of options so pick what works best for you.

Then add the celery, carrot and leek and cover with the stock and cook for about 10 minutes.

Now add the lentils and cook until they are just aldente (probably about 20 minutes) You may need or want to add a little extra stock as you will want your Lenotto to be a sloppy dropping consistency and as the lentils cook it will begin to dry so keep an eye on it.

When the lentils are just al dente then add the peas and beans. Allow them to cook for just a moment or two, we do not want mushy peas and beans in the dish, it’s much nice when they still have a firm fresh bite to them.

When you are ready to serve spoon the Lenotto into a warmed bowl, top with shredded chicken and some flat leaf parsley and serve.


One Reply to “French Style Leek, Bacon & Chicken “Lenotto””

  1. Tried this dish today. Another simple to follow and absolutely delicious recipe. The Body Retreat makes healthy eating easy!

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