Learn how to make chicken lentil stew with Smaggle Cam.

My man has a fancy new toy. It’s a Gopro camera and I’ve been watching him play with it for weeks, dying to get my hands on it. Last week, he sent it up in to the air attached to a bunch of balloons. Observe.

My man sending his camera up in a basket attached to balloons. #whenboysdoscience

I wanted in on all the camera fun so I decided to cook dinner while wearing it strapped to my head last night and it’s insanely cool. Beware. This vlogging shit is about to get serious. I’ve included the written instructions for the recipe too so if you just want to see the final product, skip to the end.

What You Need

3 chicken breasts (diced)

1 cup of red lentils

1 rounded teaspoon of turmeric

1 rounded teaspoon of cumin

2 teaspoons of minced garlic

Chilli flakes

olive oil

three to four small tomatoes (diced)

3 boxes of frozen spinach (defrosted and water squeezed out)

chicken stock cube (disolved in a small amount of water)

1 bunch of coriander (finely chopped)

plain yogurt

rice to serve (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

juice of one lime

What You Do

1. Heat oil in pan. Stir fry onions until brown and soft. Add cumin, turmeric and garlic. Stir fry for one minute. Add chicken. Cook until seared, around 5 minutes.

2. Add tomato, spinach and lentils. Cook for 5 mins. Add chicken stock. Add a few cups of water for lentils to cook in. More water if you want soup, less if you want stew.

3. Bring to the boil. Let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until lentils cook and the stew is thick. Add lime juice, salt, pepper and half the coriander.

4. Serve on a bed of rice (optional) with a scoop of plain yogurt and sprinkle with coriander.


* This recipe is gluten free if you make sure to use gluten free stock and don’t add anything like barley.

* This is an adaptation of this recipe, I just added spinach and used red lentils… and twice as much spice because I’m bad-ass like that.

* You can substitute the meat in this recipe for something like mushrooms or even tofu for a vegetarian option and ditch the yogurt for a dairy free version.

* This meal keeps beautifully in the fridge for a few days for a tasty leftovers lunch.

Oh and please do let me know what you think of the Gopro vlogging and if you’re keen to see more!

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Veggie Mama 4 years ago

    Boy do I need this thing! But then I probably couldn’t hide how many times I fuck up a recipe haha. Smaggle Cam rules.

    • Author
      Smaggle 4 years ago

      I’m so bringing back ‘rules’. Every thing ‘rocks’ these days. x

  2. Fiona 4 years ago

    Yum! I am going to make this for sure!

    • Author
      Smaggle 4 years ago

      It’s stupidly delicious. I put chilli in it too!

  3. Miss J Citizen 4 years ago

    Adventure cooking!
    Looks great – want more. Cook more stuff. Show me your kitchen 😀
    (…and now I’m hungry and have NO ingredients on that list. Boo.)

    • Author
      Smaggle 4 years ago

      Ha! You nosy bugger! I’m sure you’ll see more of my kitchen soon. 

  4. hahahahaha Smaggle my dear this kicks arse, I loved “because there’s crud on that”. I want one of these cameras man!! So awesome sauce- imagine it for rehearsals!!!!!! So sickkkkkkk!! 

    • Author
      Smaggle 4 years ago

      I’m considering wearing it on my head for LMFF runway show tonight. I’m just not sure the fash pack are ready for that. 🙂

  5. Mr Smaggle 4 years ago

    This is definitely what GoPros were actually designed for.

    • Author
      Smaggle 4 years ago

      I feel really weird replying to you here. Like we are sending each other gooey messages on Facebook… awkward. 

  6. Hannah 4 years ago

    This is such an awesome idea! I’d love to watch more of these lady Smaggle 🙂

  7. Nerida Williams 4 years ago

    That was an awesome way to spend the morning – and I know someone who loves lentils as much as me, def making this one

  8. alex 2 years ago

    Love this! I just got a MeCam for the same blogging purpose 🙂

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