Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Protein-packed quinoa makes this midweek meal a superhealthy option

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
386
protein
47g
carbs
35g
fat
7g
saturates
1g
fibre
5g
sugar
15g
salt
1g

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 100g quinoa
  • 600ml hot chicken stock
  • 100g dried apricots, sliced
  • ½ x 250g pouch ready-to-use Puy lentils
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red onions, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 bunch spring onions, chopped
  • small bunch coriander, chopped

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the chicken with the Cajun spice and arrange in a single layer in a roasting tin. Bake for 20 mins until the chicken is cooked. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa in the chicken stock for 15 mins until tender, adding the apricots and lentils for the final 5 mins. Drain and place into a large bowl with the chicken, toss together.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan and soften the onions for 10-15 mins. Toss the onions into the quinoa with the coriander and some seasoning, then mix well.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2011

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SallyLukemire's picture

Really tasty flavours. The quinoa went a bit mushy tho - I'd recommend simmering it for 10 mins then standing for 10 mins instead. Good easy-cook quinoa method here www.lovequinoarecipes.com. Will definitely make again.

joanneturner's picture
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Ive been using BBC good food for more than a year and this is the first time Ive been inspired to review! I roasted the chicken with some red pepper, the onion and diced sweet potato- all well coated in the cajun seasoning. I also used a fresh chicken stock .Served with plenty of coriander and some sliced avocado. Absolutely delicious!

choccieclaire's picture

We love this. Second time I've made it and it's now a new firm favourite. Like many others, think I will roast the veg in the oven with chicken. Butternut squash or sweet potato would be lovely.

Beth 32's picture

Thought this was an amazing dish and will definitely be making it again! Very tasty and filling.

lisavalo's picture

Really lovely. Did it without apricots has found we had none in the store cupboard, but tasted great and was v.filling. Very easy to make. Well make this a frequent favourite.

elley118's picture

My new favourite meal! An absolutely beautifully flavoured dish that could easily serve the 5000, and so nutritious, too! Love it!

chul_king's picture

Never tried quinoa before, really impressed with the meal. Very tasty. Made my own Cajun spice and added ready made puy lentils with porcini mushrooms as this is all I could find in the shops! Will definitely add it to my midweek meals.

nikkilaing's picture

Delicious and left overs great for next day lunch. First time I have cooked with quinoa but will definitely do again.

jamesgss's picture

great recipe - i added a generous shake of dried mix herbs to the quinoa when cooked- really delicious

I didn't have dried apricots and still tasted as good

yvonnelove's picture

I made this last night and it was delicious! Didn't change much apart from adding in a red pepper which I roasted with the chicken. I also roasted the red onion instead of frying. I'm having the leftovers for lunch today!

codeswitcher18's picture
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My boyfriend and I made this together because he was keen to try quinoa as a post-gym source of protein.
He shopped on Bank Holiday Monday, so couldn't find lentils but we're not so keen on those anyway.
We added:
- more cajun spice than recommended (he loves it!)
- a bulghur wheat/quinoa mix because that's all we could find
- chopped apricots instead of halved whole ones (less overwhelming taste worked really well)

...and it was DELICIOUS! We were starving after a circuit training class, and finished the whole thing off between us!

And we are planning on try softening red peppers along with the spring onion and red onion next time, for added vegetable goodness.

Definitely a good way to try quinoa for the first time!

banshee89wraith's picture

I rarely cook a savoury dish with less than 5 types of vegetables, for instance,in this one I would put 3/4 capsicum and a broccoli, many more onions and if there was too much liquid I would stir in a tablespoon of chia.
I would like someone to tell me the ingredients of a Cajun spice mix as I avoid pre-packaged items.

metherton's picture
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I really loved this recipe, even had it as left overs with salad the next day.

jennyb91's picture
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When I saw the finished result, I was unsure if I'd like this as I made it for healthy lunches. However it was lovely, I roasted the onion with the chicken and in future attempts, I think I would also add courgettes and peppers. Yum!

sammd001's picture
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Really enjoyed this dish - it is tasty, filling and healthy. Plus any extra goes down a treat for lunch.

pinkhevs's picture
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Really enjoyed this as did my husband. Added butternut squash and peppers to the ingredients, roasted all the veggies with the chicken. Served with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar - yum!

poochiepie's picture
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This is one of my favourite low cal recipes. I have tried with yellow pepper and apricots and I prefer to use apricots. The only thing I have found is that I find the stock a bit too salty so have to use less and also it isn't really enough for 4 servings so I use double the lentils and a little more quinoa than the recipe tells you to.

7daycicada's picture
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Really good. For the cajun seasoning, I used salt, smoked paprika, oregano, ground coriander and cayenne pepper and lemon juice. I also roasted the onions with the chicken instead of frying them and chopped up a tomato for extra moisture.

Lasted a few days in the fridge as lunches for the week.

jaelhenri's picture
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Tried this recipe out last night for my boyfriend's family and it was a hit! I also am not a huge fan of quinoa but loved it in this dish.

I used one red onion instead of two and added in a huge red pepper.
Where I am located in Canada we can't access Puy Lentils so I used regular ones(canned) and the recipe was still delicious.

I also made my own basic cajun spice which added to the flavour and added some cayenne pepper for a bit more spice.

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