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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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!
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.


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