Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

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(140 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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24th Mar, 2014
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!
24th Feb, 2014
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
17th Feb, 2014
Thought this was an amazing dish and will definitely be making it again! Very tasty and filling.
8th Feb, 2014
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.
31st Oct, 2013
My new favourite meal! An absolutely beautifully flavoured dish that could easily serve the 5000, and so nutritious, too! Love it!
29th Oct, 2013
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.
28th Sep, 2013
Delicious and left overs great for next day lunch. First time I have cooked with quinoa but will definitely do again.
7th Sep, 2013
24th Jul, 2013
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
24th Jul, 2013
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!


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