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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10th Apr, 2015
This was very tasty and delicious - HOWEVER if you are looking for a high protein diet ths Quinoa has shed loads of carbs in it!!!!
14th Feb, 2015
Absolutely loved this. Very tasty and a nice change to the usual rice or pasta. Used piri piri instead of Cajun as that's what I had in the cupboard
4th Jan, 2015
Made this the other night and me and my partner absolutely loved it! Will defiantly be making this a regular!
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26th Nov, 2014
Made this with quorn chicken and added squash and red peppers, like a lot of the comments suggest. Didn't know what to expect from the apricots but they were a lovely touch! Very tasty meal, will definitely be cooking it again :)
17th Nov, 2014
Will definitely make this again, I used quorn and veggie stock as substitute's - still delicious!
6th Oct, 2014
Love this so much, what lovely flavours, quick simple and great ingredients! 4-year old daughter just gobbled it up!
20th Sep, 2014
I made this recipe and loved it! Would definitely do again :D
8th Sep, 2014
Cooked this for the first time today and will definitely do it again! very quick and easy. Having read the comments I added sweet potato and red peppers, and like others roasted all the veg in with the chicken. however I will use a bigger baking tray next time as the chicken (on top) was cooked before the veg, which needed another 10 mins a bit hotter to crisp up. I used dried lentils, putting about 100grams in the stock 10 mins before the quinoa
15th Aug, 2014
Great healthy dinner. I used buglar wheat instead of quinoa as it's very similar but half the price. Added more cajan spice and a yellow pepper. Could add whatever veg you like really. I will add a few more apricots next time as the hit of sweetness really adds to the overall taste!
7th Aug, 2014
This was really tasty! I removed the apricots and added some baby courgettes (as well as adding a little more cajun spice). Makes for a tasty and healthy meal. I cooked the veg and the chicken together in the oven wrapped in foil with the spices - it was great!


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