Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

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(164 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


  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 100g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped seeds (although more similarly treated like grains) with a little tail…

  • 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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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!
11th May, 2014
Made this 3 times in 3 weeks and will do many times again! You can fill up on it and not worry at all as it's so healthy. A few things though - I added more Cajun seasoning than stated, red & yellow peppers & green beans, a lot of coriander (just because I like it), the whole 250g pack of puy lentils (why not?) and left out the apricots (dried fruit doesn't to anything for me). You could add various veg to this and change it up every time. Like others, I also cooked the veg with the chicken in the oven - so no oil to be seen and veg stays firm but cooked :)
27th Apr, 2014
Delicious!!! Me and my husband were in food heaven this dinner. Unfortunately our little girls didn't enjoy it so much.....guess the sautéed onion didn't fit their taste. I replaced the Cajun for mild Paprika, so it wouldn't be too spicy for the kids. Very good.
25th Mar, 2014
Really tasty flavours. The quinoa went a bit mushy tho - I'd recommend simmering it for 10 mins then standing for 10 mins instead. Good easy-cook quinoa method here www.lovequinoarecipes.com. Will definitely make again.
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!


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