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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2nd Sep, 2011
Really enjoyed this. Used quorn instead of chicken so didn't bake first, but mixed with 1tbsp of oil and the cajun seasoning, then cooked with the onion for 10 mins. Used veg stock instead of chicken.
22nd Jun, 2011
Delicious way to enjoy quinoa. Will make again, but add green veg like spinach or broccoli next time.
10th Jun, 2011
What a great recipe, I did cook the quinola, for a few minutes longer. But other than that it was fab!! and very easy to follow.
31st May, 2011
We really enjoyed this. Only made for 2 so made up amounts as I went along but worked out well. Easy for mid-week dinner and will def be making again. Added some red peppers to the onions which complimented the chicken.
25th May, 2011
lovely....we made a few adjustments....check out our food blog http://www.isitworthwaitingfor.com/2011/05/cajun-chicken-with-quinoa-and-puy.html
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11th May, 2011
Enjoyed this recipe very much, however I'd have to agree with some of the other comments that more vegetables need to be added ... I'm sure peppers would work very well. I also found the quinoa needed to be cooked for longer .... but otherwise it was delicious :-)
4th May, 2011
This was really delicious. I halved the quantities for 2 people and it was perfect. I used pheasant breast instead of chicken, and couldn't find pouches of lentils so used 100g dry put lentils instead. I have, in the past, overcooked quinoa, which is disgusting, so I kept a close eye this time and it was perfect - you do need to drain though, don't wait for the stock to be absorbed.
4th May, 2011
Done this for lunch today but I'd cooked the chicken and Quinoa the night before so it was quick to put together. Although I had to substitute puy lentils for a tin of green lentils but it still worked. Work cook it again.
18th Apr, 2011
loved this meal but was lacking vegetables. In future i will added more onion, spring onions, apricots and add 1 or 2 peppers too. Would recommend and definitely going to have again.
13th Apr, 2011
Loved this - felt very virtuous eating it - upped the vegetables. Ate warm for dinner with rocket salad and cold for lunch next day - very satisfying food.


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