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Bourbon Baked Lentil Power Bowl

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 10

Our favorite bourbon baked lentils served over top of rice and garnished with shredded chicken, lettuce, corn, peppers, and a drizzle of ranch.

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    1 lb (500 g) bacon, thick cut, cut into ½ inch pieces

    1 cup (250 mL) yellow onion, small dice

    1 Tbsp (15 mL) garlic, minced

    2 cups (500 mL) water

    1 cup (250 mL) BBQ sauce

    1 cup (250 mL) light brown sugar

    ½ cup (125 mL) ketchup

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) pomegranate molasses

    1 cup (250 mL) bourbon

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) seeded Dijon mustard

    ¼ cup (60 mL) apple cider vinegar

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) Worcestershire sauce

    1 lb (500 g) whole red lentils, dry

    20 oz (625 g) cooked chicken thighs, shredded

    5 cups (1.25 L) brown rice, cooked

    10 cups (2.5 L) shredded iceberg lettuce

    5 cups (1.25 L) sweet corn kernels

    5 cups (1.25 L) red bell peppers, julienne

    2 ½ cups (625 mL) sliced almonds

    20 oz (600 mL) light ranch


  1. Preheat an oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. In a large rondeau or Dutch oven, render bacon over medium-high heat until browned and crispy.
  3. Add onion and garlic and sauté until translucent and aromatic.
  4. Add water, BBQ sauce, sugar, ketchup, molasses, bourbon, mustard, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil then, reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add lentils, cover the pot and transfer to the oven. Bake for roughly 3 hours, stirring every 45 minutes. Add more water if the dish gets too dry.
  6. Remove lid and increase oven temperature to 325°F (160°C) for the last hour.
  7. Remove from oven and thin with water if desired. Fold through the shredded chicken and set aside for the bowl build.
  8. To plate this dish, prepare a base of rice and pour a spoonful of baked lentil and chicken mixture to the side. Top with lettuce, corn, peppers, almonds, and a drizzle of ranch.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 2 ¾ cups (675 mL)
  • Per serving:
  • Calories 1070
  • Total Fat 47 g
  • Saturated Fat 11 g
  • Cholesterol 140 mg
  • Carbohydrates 113 g
  • Dietary Fibre 13 g
  • Sugar 50 g
  • Protein 44 g
  • Sodium 2680 mg
  • Potassium 1041 mg
  • Folate 182 mcg