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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12th Mar, 2012
Easy to make-especially when you inadvertently buy ready made quinoa,and very tasty.Not known for 'super-food' cooking but the family woofed it off.OK,I enjoyed it as well.
4th Mar, 2012
Really lovely - nice texture - something different - even got my husband to eat lentils ! added some sultanas as a bit short of apricots
20th Feb, 2012
absolutely delicious. will definitely make this again. it even looked like the picture!!
31st Jan, 2012
The flavours were lovely and everyone enjoyed this. However, this was my first time with quinoa and I made the mistake of leaving my husband in charge of the quinoa cooking part as I had to pop out, Despite a phonecall from him to check he was doing it right, I returned home to a pan of lentil and quinoa mush! He had added the apricots though. I was just about to chuck it and do some rice for the chicken which I had already cooked (beautifully) when I tasted the mush and it was really tasty. So finished off the recipe, mixed everything together and voila, a successful meal that we all enjoyed! Would make again with me cooking the quinoa.
21st Dec, 2011
Forgot to rate this great recipe.
21st Dec, 2011
Having read up on the nutritional value of quinoa, I had bought a 25 lb bag from the internet and so was anxious to try it in a recipe. This one looked good and so I tried it tonight. I was not disappointed and it was a big hit with my family who thought the flavour was wonderful. I made it as per the recipe, changing nothing and would highly recommend. I will definitely be making this again.
12th Dec, 2011
Will make this again - was easy to do and tasty - hubby really enjoyed it even though he's not a lentil lover (but does like quinoa). I hadn't had puy lentils before and tried them out of the pouch - wasn't really keen and nearly didn't add them but glad I did because once they were in the dish they tasted a lot better. Good way to use up leftover veg.
5th Dec, 2011
Very easy to make and tasty dish. Even my boyfriend (who has a bit of a pulse aversion) loved this dish. The Cajun spice really gives it the depth of flavour and the lentils and quinoa make it a very filling dish. A tasty and healthy dish great for mid-week dinners.
1st Dec, 2011
Really tasty recipe, a lovely healthy winter warmer, very filling. Tastes even nicer eaten the next day. I also used veg stock instead of chicken stock, but I did use chicken pieces and it was lovely. Hope to add this to the weekly favourites
10th Sep, 2011
I am on a diet and was looking for a low calorie but filling meal. I tried this but added red, yellow and green peppers but instead of frying the veg I roasted them with the chicken and added garlic as well. the end result a scrumptious healthy filling meal. I will definitely cook this again.


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