Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Protein-packed quinoa makes this midweek meal a superhealthy option

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal386
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre5g
  • protein47g
  • salt1g
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  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 100g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a…

  • 600ml hot chicken stock
  • 100g dried apricots, sliced
  • ½ x 250g pouch ready-to-use Puy lentils



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 red onions, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 bunch spring onions, chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • small bunch coriander, chopped


  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.

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Comments (72)

jaelhenri's picture

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.

r1100s's picture

Definitely making this again. Lentils add a nice peppery taste and I found them in a small local co-op.

poochiepie's picture

Delicious and easy to follow recipe. Roasted yellow peppers instead of adding apricot.

daniel192's picture

This was delicious, I couldn't get hold of Puy lentils so used 100g of dry green lentils which i pre cooked, I agree with the previous reviewer I thought 100g of apricot was overkill, will be going with 50g next time, other than that this a great, a definite keeper, will be eating this weekly, thanks :-)

jadebailey's picture

Oh, and Divyani, I just boiled the quinoa in chicken stock, the same way you would boil rice in water.
If you want to do this simply, just crumble a chicken stock cube into some water and boil it in that, I did, and it came out tasting good and looking just like the picture!

jadebailey's picture

I thought this was tasty, though I think next time I will experiment with putting some spices in because I thought it could have done with a bit more flavour. My bf really loved it how it was though!

mizz-bieber's picture

umm i am going to do this recipe next week and I'm confused on what you have to cook the quinoa in and the chicken stock help!!!

picard25's picture

Easy to make-especially when you inadvertently buy ready made quinoa,and very tasty.Not known for 'super-food' cooking but the family woofed it off.OK,I enjoyed it as well.

moriere's picture

Really lovely - nice texture - something different - even got my husband to eat lentils ! added some sultanas as a bit short of apricots

brettsilver's picture

absolutely delicious. will definitely make this again. it even looked like the picture!!

watchstrap's picture

The flavours were lovely and everyone enjoyed this. However, this was my first time with quinoa and I made the mistake of leaving my husband in charge of the quinoa cooking part as I had to pop out, Despite a phonecall from him to check he was doing it right, I returned home to a pan of lentil and quinoa mush! He had added the apricots though. I was just about to chuck it and do some rice for the chicken which I had already cooked (beautifully) when I tasted the mush and it was really tasty. So finished off the recipe, mixed everything together and voila, a successful meal that we all enjoyed! Would make again with me cooking the quinoa.

janice88's picture

Forgot to rate this great recipe.

janice88's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

katyalicia's picture

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.


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