Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

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(146 ratings)

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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8th Jan, 2020
This is so good!! Used the whole pack of lentils, roasted onions with the chicken in the oven. Flattened chicken so it cooks more evenly. Not sure if people complaining about too much liquid realise you're meant to drain the lentils and quinoa!!
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J Scott
5th Jan, 2020
Made this tonight . Did the chicken in a pan with loads of seasoning and the same for the onions . Reduced the liquid and it was really nice .
1st Nov, 2019
Not crazy about this one. Way to much liquid, so decided to poor some away before serving. My husband said he thought it was nice, but I don't think it's nice enough to bother cooking again. Think it could have been much nicer if the chicken was fried in a pan.
14th Oct, 2019
I just made this yesterday and even though I really went to town with the Cajun seasoning I still found it quite bland. Very cheap to make as a large batch though so I'd still recommend it for a quick snacky lunch as it's equally as good cold as it is warm and lots of goodness in it.
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Rhys Williams
10th Oct, 2018
We love this dish! Easy and a great bulk cook
9th Sep, 2018
I had never had quinoa before but the dish was delicious, definetly a new grain i'll be using more. I haven't actually tried the dish warm, i split into four portions for lunches at work and ate cold. There was a tip in the comments below which advised roasting the onions with my chicken instead which i find worked very well!
10th May, 2018
Just had this for supper and it was really lush. I always browse comments on recipes so took advice and added the onions and some courgette and squash to the roasting pan with the chicken...it's a keeper x
20th Oct, 2017
Made this for the first time and it's really easy and very tasty. The puy lentils make it really delicious. I've frozen the remainder, and will definitely use them to make this again. I didn't cook the spring onions for long, as I like them crunchy.
2nd Oct, 2017
I make this recipe often, it's so easy and tasty. I put the red onion in the roasting tin with the chicken pieces, this allows the onion to caramelise in the spices and adds flavour, as well as saving on the washing up! Like others, I always use chicken thighs and often add additional veg, varying it, dependent on what we have in the garden.
11th Apr, 2017
Loved it. Added some tinned tomatoes to make it more of a saucy dish.


Alastair King
16th Jun, 2019
Should lentils not be cooked longer than 5mins?
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17th Jun, 2019
Thanks for your question. This recipe uses a pouch of cooked lentils so they do not need to be cooked in addition to the above.
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Ellie Gunner
4th Jan, 2018
Do you think that its okay to freeze this?
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8th Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question. We would not recommend freezing this recipe. All our freezable recipes are marked with a blue star above the nutritional information.
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