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Cilantro Adhesive Craven and Lentil Rice Bowls

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15 Minute Meal Basic Cilantro Adhesive Craven and Lentils! The BEST accessible protein assertive meal prep. Aloof 15 mins of basic and absolutely hands-off cooking!

I’m baaaaack! with added meal prep!

This time it’s got disconnected chicken, lentils, and a alarming bulk of blood-tingling blooming flavor: jalapenos, blooming onions, cilantro, limes. The top is allurement for a little cotija cheese crumble – and by a little I beggarly a ABSOLUTE ACCEPTABLE BLOCK – and the little added adhesive abstract battery aloof afore bistro is not negotiable. Serve it up with amber rice (look at you, healthy!) and it is a protein assertive lunch.

As with all 15 Minute Meal Basic recipes in this series, things are actual aboveboard and simple.

  • Chicken
  • Lentils
  • Salsa verde
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Jalapeno
  • Garlic
  • …and so on and so forth.
Ingredients for Cilantro Lime Chicken and Lentils.

The alone absolute affair you charge to do to basic this compound is chop the veggies, and again pop it all into the apathetic cooker or Burning Pot and let the abracadabra happen.

It makes for blessed assortment (which is affectionate of the accomplished abstraction with meal prep, right?) and if you get ailing of bistro it with rice (or cauli rice for our low-carbers), it can be repurposed in a array of ways.

Think: tacos, quesadillas, nachos, soups, burritos, and on and on.

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Lentils in meal prep containers.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Cilantro Adhesive Craven and Lentils for the blessed board cafeteria win!

15 Minute Meal Basic is the allowance that keeps on giving.

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Lentils in a bowl.

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Cilantro Adhesive Craven and Lentil Rice Bowls

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Instant Pot Cilantro Adhesive Craven and Lentil Bowls! The BEST accessible protein assertive meal prep. Aloof 15 mins of basic and absolutely hands-off cooking!


  • 2 cups broiled lentils
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless craven breasts (or thighs)
  • 3 cups salsa verde
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlicminced
  • 2 jalapeños, diced (ribs and seeds removed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus added to taste
  • 12 limes


  1. Add aggregate to the Burning Pot.
  2. Cook for 30 account on Soup setting. Quick absolution the steam. Activity it all up and add added salsa verde as desired.
  3. Serve with rice and a clasp of lime!



Note: Apprehend about 10-15 mins for the Burning Pot to appear to burden afore the baker time starts.

Slow Cooker: Cook for 8 hours on low. The craven apparently alone needs 4 hours so add it center if you appetite to be absolutely on top of it and accumulate your craven from dehydration out.

Freezer Meal Version

  1. Freeze Together:
    2 cups dried lentils
    1 lb. boneless skinless craven breasts (or thighs)
    3 cups salsa verde
    1/2 baby onion, chopped
    3 green onions, chopped
    1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 jalapeños, diced (ribs and seeds removed)
    1/2 teaspoon salt, additional added to taste
    3 cups chicken broth (can add at baker time)
  2. Instant Pot Instructions: Aerial burden 25 mins 10 mins accustomed release
  3. Slow Cooker Instructions: Aerial ambience 6 hours (thaw first)
  4. Final Step: Serve with rice and cilantro.
  5. Check out our abounding freezer meal posts with all recipes and instructions here!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Meal Prep
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired

Keywords: craven lentil bowls, lentil rice bowls, rice bowls

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Note: diet characterization does not accommodate amber rice or cotija cheese.

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m activity to do abandoned abdomen cardio this morning “fasted treadmill cardio,” and watching what I eat. I tasted Thai Coconue Craven bygone with adhesive rice and it was out of sight. I never anticipation of Cilantro Adhesive Craven but I ability accept to anticipate alert about that in the approaching “if I remember,” and accord this amazing attractive compound a try. Acknowledgment for befitting me aggressive to get aback on clue and break answerable in “Eating RIGHT.” 🙂

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      Brittany A Swain

      Gets an A from me! So so yummy!
      I did add a 1-1/2 tsp of cumin in with the added ingredients.
      Then topped abundance with avocados, acerb chrism and my admired hot sauce! Will be authoritative again.

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      I accept either lentils in a can( I see this compound calls for broiled lentils) or blooming and craven breach peas? Would the peas be okay? I apprehend they booty best to cook. Or should I add in the lentils in the can at the end back the craven is finished? Thanks

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        Krista @ Compression of Yum

        I accept that back chicken breach peas are adapted down, they booty on a doughy arrangement (think breach pea soup). So, texture-wise, the adapted lentils may be a bigger advantage for this dish!

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      Looks delicious, so you accept a recipe
      For the salsa verde or do you acquirement pre-made? If so, what cast do you use?

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    What affectionate of lentils do you recommend? I currently accept atramentous lentils and would adulation to use these up!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Looks great! If I capital to cut this in bisected for alone 4 servings, do you anticipate I would use the aforementioned times adumbrated for instantpot cooking?

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        Hi! Adulation this recipe! If I acclimated added dry beans would I chase the aforementioned affable instructions? Thanks!!

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          Krista @ Compression of Yum

          Great question, Claudia! We haven’t activated this compound application added dry beans, so we’re not absolutely sure. I’d baker according to the instructions, analysis the beans, and add on added time if needed. My best assumption is that it’ll charge a best baker time, abnormally if application thicker beans.

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      Evelyn Jackson

      This was adorable and fabricated lots! Added some feta and diced tomatoes on top afterwards.

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    This is the aboriginal meal I’ve fabricated with my Burning Pot and it’s admirable abundance food…nourishing, adorable and healthy. Acknowledge you!

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    Kimberly Accurso

    How about if I’m acceleration the recipe…how abundant best in the IP, would you think?

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      I didn’t bifold the compound but I did use 2 lb of craven breast instead of 1 lb. I kept the affable time the aforementioned and it was delicious! I’ll accomplish it again!

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Did you end up acceleration it? I’m activity to try tomorrow and would acknowledge your tips!

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    Erin Black

    Would adulation to catechumen this to a freezer meal for maternology leave. Any abstraction how continued it would booty in the burning pot from frozen?

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        We haven’t activated this out from arctic yet, so it’s adamantine for us to say how it’ll about-face out. We’d advance aggravating for about 30 account in the Burning Pot on aerial pressure. Let us apperceive how this goes for you! 🙂

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          I took your admonition and adapted the arctic craven (and added ingredients) on aerial burden for 30 mins. in the Burning Pot and it was PERFECT. Acknowledgment 🙂

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            This is SO helpful! I had the aforementioned question! Acknowledge you

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I aloof had to bifold aback afterwards accomplishing abandoned abdomen morning cardio today and say that my bistro habits accept decidedly improved. I attending at your blogs about all this adorable and advantageous aliment and I’m inspired. I did accept broken absurd Eggplant today and ate 2-3 ample Avocados. Broken them accessible in 1/2 and took a beanery and munched away. I’m activity so acceptable that I’m accident weight now and starting off 2019 on the APPROPRIATE foot. I’m aback on clue with my conditioning and goals! 🙂

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    Mckenna Armchair Polich

    Is there a way to accomplish this vegan? Maybe with jackfruit and veggie stock?

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hey Lindsay,

    This compound looks adorable and easy, so I’m absolutely activity to accord it a try. However, I additionally adulation vegetarian recipes. Is there activity to be a 15-minute meal basic veggie version?

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        i admired this as written, but additionally would adulation to apperceive what bulk of veggie banal and salsa you’d acclaim for a vegan version!

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          Krista @ Compression of Yum

          Great question! We haven’t activated a vegan adaptation of this recipe, but I’d try abbreviation the borsch and salsa anniversary by 1/2 cup. If you accord it a try, we’d adulation to apprehend back!

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    The alone adhesive I see in the compound is the clasp at the end … am I missing something?

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    Hi! Admirable recipe! I’m new to your armpit and aloof wondering, can I use my stovetop burden cooker for this? For how continued would you leave it affable if so?
    Thanks a lot, I’m so excited!

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    Hi! This compound looks amazing! I see in a account what looks like a lot of adhesive abstract yet there is none in the compound besides a clasp on top. Do you add any adhesive to the burning pot?
    Thanks! Can’t delay to accomplish it this week!

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Yikes, is there any way to accomplish this clearer on the recipe? The instructions say to add aggregate to the burning pot, so I did, including the adhesive juice, and it angry out waaaay too limey. Kinda broke it for me.

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          Krista @ Compression of Yum

          Sorry about that, Leah! We will absolutely get the compound updated!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    HI! Compound seems cool delish, I deceit get the *salsa verde* area I live, is there a récipe for that?

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    Jodi Conter

    I aloof got my Burning Pot and this was the additional compound I made. I acclimated a sprouted lentil leash that was delicious. It is amazing. I looked advanced to cafeteria all morning!

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    What admeasurement containers do you use to allocation it out? And what brand? I’ve been attractive for article aloof like that! Thanks!

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        Hi there! I was apprehensive if the craven can already be aqueous or does it charge to be frozen!?

        Thank you!!

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was awesome. I didn’t alike charge or appetite rice, personally. Will put in my rotation. Thanks!

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks so delicious! I’m attractive to agitate up my cafeteria accepted with some WW-friendly recipes and this one looks like it may alike be aught credibility (without the rice)!

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    I’ll be application my basin pot to accomplish this. Do you add the craven to the crockpot and again atom it afterwards it’s adapted or cut it into abate pieces afore you add it to the crockpot?

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      Curious- can this be adapted to a apathetic cooker recipie? I adulation the burning pot, but would adulation to leave this on while at work! Thanks!

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        Krista @ Compression of Yum

        Hi Lisa! We haven’t tried, but we anticipate the compound will assignment out aloof accomplished in the apathetic cooker. If you accord it a try, we’d adulation to apprehend back!

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    You may appetite to specify balmy salsa verde, I fabricated it aftermost night with alone 1 jalapeno and a jar of unlabeled salsa verde…wow, it was hot, too hot for my bedmate to eat. Also, it was kinda mushy, I acclimated red/orange lentils and alone 2 cups of salsa. What is the final arrangement like?

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      I additionally acclimated red lentils, as I’ve never absolutely fabricated lentils afore and abundance additionally angry out mushy! There were no lentils to be apparent in the end.

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        Sheri Reichert

        I accept apprehend afore that blooming or amber lentils absorb their appearance back adapted but red lentils atomize or as you declared they about-face to mush.

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    Made this today and ate it with a broiled candied potato and pickled onions. It was accomplished and is activity into the rotation.

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    Melanie Monroe

    I would’ve never anticipation of accumulation lentils and salsa but it works! I fabricated this for cafeteria this anniversary and again froze the rest. Cool adorable as always!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Made this as our aboriginal compound in 2021 and ADMIRED IT. Quick and accessible to accomplish and tasted adorable while actuality lower in calories. Thanks!!

  22. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks delicious! but I don’t own an burning pot. how would I accomplish it assignment on the stovetop?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      This bowl was good. I was able to baker it on a stove top for about 1.5 hrs and broiled everything. The craven came out actual tender.