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The FastBeach Diet Recipe: Spiced Chicken with Warm Lentils and Roasted Garlic

roastchickwithlentils400You’d never guess that this chicken dish from The FastBeach Diet is less than 400 calories per serving.

Spiced Chicken with Warm Lentils and Roasted Garlic
399 calories per portion
Serves 4

A hearty, tasty dish that’s good to eat with friends on a warm summer evening. Don’t be alarmed by the quantity of garlic—it softens and sweetens during cooking and adds an unctuous, squashy quality to proceedings.

For the marinade
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
118 1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Juice of a lemon
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

1 medium chicken (about 3 pounds)
1 head of garlic, sliced crosswise
4 ounces French green lentils, rinsed
2 tablespoons water
Generous handful of parsley, chopped
Generous handful of cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon snipped chives
Juice of half a lemon
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Whisk marinade ingredients together and rub into chicken, working under the skin. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or overnight if possible. Preheat oven to 350oF. Place chicken and garlic in a roasting pan and roast for 1 hour 10 minutes—or until the juices run clear. Remove garlic and chicken from oven and allow to rest on a separate plate, retaining the juices in the pan. While the chicken is cooking, place lentils in a saucepan, cover with water and boil; when cooked but still al dente, drain and rinse with cold water, drain again and add them to the roasting pan along with 2 tablespoons water. Heat through, scraping the pan for tasty, sticky bits on the base. Remove from heat and add herbs and lemon juice. Stir well, season, and serve in a generous mound with the carved or torn chicken (with skin removed) and soft garlic.

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