Sticky Cajun Chicken

Let me just say, the meal is as great as this photo is out of focus! It’s super healthy in terms of ingredients and cooking methods – hardly any oil or fats are used in cooking and there’s not really any carb elements either.

When I made this I made enough for lunch the next day, but I have to say the next day’s lunch wasn’t anywhere near as nice as the freshly prepared meal was the day before.

What you need for two servings:

  • 2 chicken (or turkey) breasts
  • preferred seasoning (see note below)
  • 60g quinoa
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 60g dried apricots
  • 1/4 of a pack of 250g pouch ready to use Puy lentils
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 spring onions
  • fresh herbs like coriander or parsley
  • any ingredients for salad or other side dish

Instructions:

  1. The first thing to do is preheat the over to Gas Mark 6.
  2. While that’s heating, cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and season as to your preference. The original recipe referred to shop bought cajun seasoning, which, after a quick search, I decided to make myself. It was basically equal amounts of cumin, paprika, ground coriander, with about half the amount of dried oregano and some salt and pepper.
  3. Put the oil and seasoning in a baking tray or oven dish, and add the chicken, mixing until thoroughly coated. Then bake for around 20 cajunmins.
  4. Cook the quinoa in the chicken stock according to pack instructions for about 15 minutes.
  5. While that’s cooking, roughly chop the pepper and either add to the chicken or fry on high in a pan to give it a bit of a char. Any other veg can probably easily be substituted (or added to bulk up the meal) at this point.
  6. Finely chop the apricot and add to the quinoa along with the lentils about 5 minutes before the quinoa is finished.
  7. Slice the spring onions on the diagonal and add in at the last minute.
  8. If you’re having a salad on the side, prepare this now.

Mix everything (except the salad!) together and you should find that the quinoa sticks to the chicken and everything combines to make a delicious, spiced, high protein, filling meal!

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