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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mellie11's picture
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Cooked this for the first time today and will definitely do it again! very quick and easy. Having read the comments I added sweet potato and red peppers, and like others roasted all the veg in with the chicken. however I will use a bigger baking tray next time as the chicken (on top) was cooked before the veg, which needed another 10 mins a bit hotter to crisp up. I used dried lentils, putting about 100grams in the stock 10 mins before the quinoa

maj5678's picture
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Great healthy dinner. I used buglar wheat instead of quinoa as it's very similar but half the price. Added more cajan spice and a yellow pepper. Could add whatever veg you like really. I will add a few more apricots next time as the hit of sweetness really adds to the overall taste!

sophieburch's picture
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This was really tasty! I removed the apricots and added some baby courgettes (as well as adding a little more cajun spice). Makes for a tasty and healthy meal.
I cooked the veg and the chicken together in the oven wrapped in foil with the spices - it was great!

randomgirlsname's picture
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Made this 3 times in 3 weeks and will do many times again! You can fill up on it and not worry at all as it's so healthy.
A few things though - I added more Cajun seasoning than stated, red & yellow peppers & green beans, a lot of coriander (just because I like it), the whole 250g pack of puy lentils (why not?) and left out the apricots (dried fruit doesn't to anything for me). You could add various veg to this and change it up every time.
Like others, I also cooked the veg with the chicken in the oven - so no oil to be seen and veg stays firm but cooked :)

Tilly1980's picture
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Delicious!!! Me and my husband were in food heaven this dinner. Unfortunately our little girls didn't enjoy it so much.....guess the sautéed onion didn't fit their taste. I replaced the Cajun for mild Paprika, so it wouldn't be too spicy for the kids. Very good.

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!

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