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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jamie85's picture
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Having read up on the nutritional value of quinoa, I had bought a 25 lb bag from the internet and so was anxious to try it in a recipe. This one looked good and so I tried it tonight. I was not disappointed and it was a big hit with my family who thought the flavour was wonderful. I made it as per the recipe, changing nothing and would highly recommend. I will definitely be making this again.

lmillington's picture
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Will make this again - was easy to do and tasty - hubby really enjoyed it even though he's not a lentil lover (but does like quinoa). I hadn't had puy lentils before and tried them out of the pouch - wasn't really keen and nearly didn't add them but glad I did because once they were in the dish they tasted a lot better. Good way to use up leftover veg.

edge87's picture
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Very easy to make and tasty dish. Even my boyfriend (who has a bit of a pulse aversion) loved this dish. The Cajun spice really gives it the depth of flavour and the lentils and quinoa make it a very filling dish. A tasty and healthy dish great for mid-week dinners.

kkatem's picture

Really tasty recipe, a lovely healthy winter warmer, very filling. Tastes even nicer eaten the next day. I also used veg stock instead of chicken stock, but I did use chicken pieces and it was lovely. Hope to add this to the weekly favourites

blackdove's picture
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I am on a diet and was looking for a low calorie but filling meal. I tried this but added red, yellow and green peppers but instead of frying the veg I roasted them with the chicken and added garlic as well. the end result a scrumptious healthy filling meal.

I will definitely cook this again.

emmagotz's picture
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Really enjoyed this. Used quorn instead of chicken so didn't bake first, but mixed with 1tbsp of oil and the cajun seasoning, then cooked with the onion for 10 mins. Used veg stock instead of chicken.

d41d0y's picture
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Delicious way to enjoy quinoa. Will make again, but add green veg like spinach or broccoli next time.

katyalicia's picture
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What a great recipe, I did cook the quinola, for a few minutes longer. But other than that it was fab!! and very easy to follow.

Lovely72's picture
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We really enjoyed this. Only made for 2 so made up amounts as I went along but worked out well. Easy for mid-week dinner and will def be making again. Added some red peppers to the onions which complimented the chicken.

africanqueen's picture

Enjoyed this recipe very much, however I'd have to agree with some of the other comments that more vegetables need to be added ... I'm sure peppers would work very well. I also found the quinoa needed to be cooked for longer .... but otherwise it was delicious :-)

Hawie's picture
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This was really delicious. I halved the quantities for 2 people and it was perfect. I used pheasant breast instead of chicken, and couldn't find pouches of lentils so used 100g dry put lentils instead. I have, in the past, overcooked quinoa, which is disgusting, so I kept a close eye this time and it was perfect - you do need to drain though, don't wait for the stock to be absorbed.

lescalvert's picture
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Done this for lunch today but I'd cooked the chicken and Quinoa the night before so it was quick to put together. Although I had to substitute puy lentils for a tin of green lentils but it still worked. Work cook it again.

daveredfern's picture
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loved this meal but was lacking vegetables. In future i will added more onion, spring onions, apricots and add 1 or 2 peppers too.

Would recommend and definitely going to have again.

elinormwelch's picture

Loved this - felt very virtuous eating it - upped the vegetables. Ate warm for dinner with rocket salad and cold for lunch next day - very satisfying food.

jweg1210's picture
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We enjoyed the novelty value of this - the flavours and textures did work well, but nevertheless it wouldn't be something I'd make again as a main meal. I think it would make a fab addition to a buffet table alongside something tomatoey and something creamy.

sian-j's picture
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This dish was really tasty, but perhaps from misreading the recipe I added the ingredients to the quinoa after 10 minutes (i.e. for the final 5 minutes of the 15 minutes mentioned) but the quinoa seemed to need quite a bit longer to cook so perhaps it meant 15 minutes then a final 5 minutes. Otherwise its possible I had the heat too low on the quinoa. The end result was very nice though.

veggieme's picture
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Also used the full pouch of lentils!

veggieme's picture
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I made this with tofu instead of chicken. I found there was far too much stock in the quinoa and had to take some out half way through cooking - around 200ml, so it was a bit sticky.
It did have nice flavours, but I'd reduce the amount of apricots by half next time, although OH liked it how it was.

eleanormayo's picture
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Really enjoyed this - I roasted the onions in the oven with a yellow pepper and omitted the apricots. A good warm salad to usher in spring!

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