Cajun chicken & chunky bean salsa

Cajun chicken & chunky bean salsa

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 2
Add some zing to your chicken with this satisfying and nutritious recipe - try it with salmon too

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal579
  • fat24g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre16g
  • protein48g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ½ tsp 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…

  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning, we used Bart (or make your own - see recipe, below)

For the salsa

  • 400g can pinto bean, rinsed and drained
  • 2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • 2 spring onion, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

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

  • 1 tbsp olive
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

  • juice 1 lemon
  • handful coriander, chopped


  1. To make the salsa, tip the beans, peppers, avocado and spring onions into a bowl. Season, dress with the olive oil and lemon juice, and set aside.

  2. Lay the chicken breasts on a board and bash a bit to flatten them out slightly. Place in a dish, drizzle with a little olive oil, then coat with the Cajun seasoning. Heat a griddle pan and cook the chicken for 5 mins on each side, turning if you want to get a criss-cross pattern, until cooked all the way through. Stir coriander through the salsa just before serving. Serve the chicken either whole or sliced.

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Comments (14)

caroljefferson's picture

forgot to say, I used red kidney beans

caroljefferson's picture

Gorgeous, simple and soo quick! I used salmon for a change griddled, hit with hubby who had crusty french bread with his as we are in France and its mandatory!!

maxineacikgoz's picture

We love this recipe but often can't find cans of pinto beans in our local supermarket so I just use canellini beans instead. I make enough so we can have it for lunch (minus the chicken) the following day too. Delicious!

dave6376's picture

Just noticed I forgot to rate as five stars!

dave6376's picture

One of the best chicken recipes I've ever made. Absolutely delicious and not difficult. I don't own a griddle pan (and don't plan to buy one) but shallow frying in a small amount of olive oil worked just fine.

bethocallaghan's picture

Really rather yummy. Enjoyed it very much.

jokiernander's picture

fantastic and yummy

jburton's picture

I'm making this tomorrow night. I'm also making my own Cajun seasoning which will be slightly different to the above recipe.
Mine will be.... · 3 Tbsp paprika, 1 Tbsp cayenne, 2 Tbsp Dried Thyme, 2 Tbsp Dried Oregano, 2 Tbsp onion powder, 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder, 1 Tbsp Black pepper and salt to taste.
I wont be using Pinto beans as my OH isn't keen, I do have a can of sweetcorn in the cupboard so I will use that instead.
Also I'm going to marinade the breasts with a little bit of olive oil and the seasoning tonight and then cook it tomorrow night.

doolonk's picture

My hubbie and I really like this recipe. I know it should be olive oil and not olives but I add both. I also cook the chicken in the oven sometimes with the cajun seasoning rubbed in and some olive oil.

excyruss's picture

I lovely this. Very simple and very tasty.

Should the Salsa ingredients state "1tbsp of olive oil" rather than "1 tbsp olives"? I wasn't paying too much attention before I went to the shop and now I have some spare olives, which is no bad thing I suppose.

chocolatnoir's picture

This is one of my favourite meals, and so quick and easy. I love the fresh zingy taste! I add a little olive oil and salt with the lemon juice to the salsa, and also drizzle a little lemon juice on the chicken after cooking. Delicious!

carol_layton's picture

This has become one of my favourite meals :)

natalierachel's picture


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