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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29th May, 2013
My boyfriend and I made this together because he was keen to try quinoa as a post-gym source of protein. He shopped on Bank Holiday Monday, so couldn't find lentils but we're not so keen on those anyway. We added: - more cajun spice than recommended (he loves it!) - a bulghur wheat/quinoa mix because that's all we could find - chopped apricots instead of halved whole ones (less overwhelming taste worked really well) ...and it was DELICIOUS! We were starving after a circuit training class, and finished the whole thing off between us! And we are planning on try softening red peppers along with the spring onion and red onion next time, for added vegetable goodness. Definitely a good way to try quinoa for the first time!
16th May, 2013
I rarely cook a savoury dish with less than 5 types of vegetables, for instance,in this one I would put 3/4 capsicum and a broccoli, many more onions and if there was too much liquid I would stir in a tablespoon of chia. I would like someone to tell me the ingredients of a Cajun spice mix as I avoid pre-packaged items.
14th May, 2013
I really loved this recipe, even had it as left overs with salad the next day.
13th May, 2013
When I saw the finished result, I was unsure if I'd like this as I made it for healthy lunches. However it was lovely, I roasted the onion with the chicken and in future attempts, I think I would also add courgettes and peppers. Yum!
16th Apr, 2013
Really enjoyed this dish - it is tasty, filling and healthy. Plus any extra goes down a treat for lunch.
19th Mar, 2013
Really enjoyed this as did my husband. Added butternut squash and peppers to the ingredients, roasted all the veggies with the chicken. Served with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar - yum!
4th Mar, 2013
This is one of my favourite low cal recipes. I have tried with yellow pepper and apricots and I prefer to use apricots. The only thing I have found is that I find the stock a bit too salty so have to use less and also it isn't really enough for 4 servings so I use double the lentils and a little more quinoa than the recipe tells you to.
3rd Feb, 2013
Really good. For the cajun seasoning, I used salt, smoked paprika, oregano, ground coriander and cayenne pepper and lemon juice. I also roasted the onions with the chicken instead of frying them and chopped up a tomato for extra moisture. Lasted a few days in the fridge as lunches for the week.
2nd Feb, 2013
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.
15th Jan, 2013
Definitely making this again. Lentils add a nice peppery taste and I found them in a small local co-op.


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