Crock Pot Lentil & Squash Curry

with chicken

We had another reasonably quiet weekend, which is good as we have house guests next weekend, Kramer has finals coming up, and of course, plenty of Thanksgiving prep is just around the corner. I woke up yesterday with a very sore throat and it hasn’t gone away today, either. I’m hoping just one more day will do the trick because we have tickets to see The Violent Femmes on Thursday and I do not want to miss it! I’ve never seen them before, and Kramer hasn’t seen them in at least a decade, so I’m counting down the days until the show. On Friday night, Kramer and I went to a party then met up with some friends for drinks followed by a big bowl of ramen for dinner and a side of Japanese-style wings for dinner. We tried to go to a bar afterward, but Manhattan gets so crazy and packed the later it gets, so we decided that we’d had enough and headed home. We are not the kind of people that gives New York its city-that-never-sleeps reputation. On Saturday, Kramer and I woke up early, ordered in some omelets, and I did some recipe testing while Kramer did his homework. That night, we met up with some friends to see Kill Your Darlings at Nitehawk, which I absolutely loved. Way to go, Harry Potter – you made it. Kramer and I came home, had a little nightcap, then went to bed early. I woke up Sunday with the scratchiest throat and worst headache ever, but had a bit more recipe testing to get through, so I did that while we watched reruns of The Office, then ordered in Mexican for dinner so I could have some spicy soup and attempt to get over whatever it is that I have. I was obviously unsuccessful, but there are leftovers of my chilate de pollo in the fridge, so maybe one more serving of that will do the trick.

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryHanging on the little porch of our hotel room.

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryCrock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryHaving the best time ever.

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryCrock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryCrock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryCrock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryCrock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryKramer and the guys on a catamaran.

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryCrock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryCrock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryThis is the most luxurious I have ever felt in my life.

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryOne last mojito.

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryIf it were up to me, I would have just left the skin on this acorn squash, but Kramer was vehemently opposed to the idea, so I peeled it.

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryI used red lentils, but you can use any color you like. Stir everything up and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryTaste, adjust seasonings to taste and serve.

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash CurryGarnish with a sprinkle of sliced scallions.

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash Curry

Crock Pot Lentil & Squash Curry with Chicken
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Serves: 6
An autumnal curry with lentils, squash and chicken made in the crock pot.
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 sweet potatoes or regular potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large acorn squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups lentils, rinsed and excess water shaken out
  • 1 24-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs (basil, oregano, etc. - whatever you have on hand)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 scallions, thinly sliced (for garnish)
  1. Rub your crock pot with a little olive oil or butter, or spray with non-stick spray. Add in your cut up chicken, sweet potatoes, squash, onion and garlic, stir to combine, then add in your rinsed lentils, crushed tomatoes, curry powder, honey, salt, chipotle chile powder, turmeric, dried herbs, cumin and pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. Set your crock pot on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Serve with scallions as a garnish. This will keep well in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 5 days. Please note that I have a 6-quart crock pot.


12 Responses

  1. This curry is straight up fabulous…also, totes jealous of that sunshine!!

  2. Severian says:

    It would help if you let us know how big your crock pot/slow cooker is. How many quarts? Might need to resize your recipe. Thanks!

  3. Katie says:

    I see you listed rubbing the crock pot with olive oil for this recipe. So would you recommend using this method instead of using a crock pot liner? Or does it not really matter?

    • Sydney says:

      Hi Katie – I used to use the liners, but I felt that it was wasteful to keep buying them so I just started rubbing the inside with oil. It’s a bit more clean up, but it saves a couple of bucks.

  4. Emily says:

    Made this today and my husband and I really enjoyed it! We love Indian food, so having an easy slow cooker option like this is so great, thank you!! Paired it with some frozen Trader Joe’s naan. 😉 Also, I managed to just barely fit it all in my small 3 1/2 qt slow cooker.

  5. Severian says:

    Sitting here right now enjoying a bowl of this by the fire, it’s cold out and this is perfect for a chilly day. My slow cooker is only 4 qt, so I defaulted and made the whole batch in a pot on the stove. Only changes needed is it needed more liquid, so I added a beer, some water, and then while simmering some chicken stock as needed.

    Delicious. One thing I really enjoy about this blog is the slow cooker recipes. I never got into using one as all the recipes I usually find for them involve meat and prepackaged ingredients, ala 1950’s. It’s refreshing to see creative food done in a slow cooker. I attribute this to the fact you have a young, talented foodie who works for a living, ergo, great slow cooker food!

  6. sar sully says:

    I’m so happy i found this recipe! thank you for sharing. similar to Severian, we felt like it desperately needed some liquid so we added 2 cans of coconut milk and that was perfect! i added it in the last hour that it cooked in the crock pot. next time ill try adding beer, that sounds yummy!

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