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Cajun Chicken Quinoa - Recipe


Cajun Chicken Quinoa with Mixed Vegetables.
Created by Beccy Starnes.
(decorated with home grown basil)

Cajun Chicken & Vegetables with Quinoa

An easy, flavoursome one-pot dish

A spicy chicken and vegetable dish with whole quinoa. This meal has a lively flavour and contains ingredients such as chilli, cayenne, cumin, fennel, coriander, tomato and garlic. You can add any vegetables or meat you desire - you could even try it with tofu. Either way this is a healthy, nutritious and delicious dinner. (See below to find out how it was made).

Ingredients:

Approx 50g Whole Quinoa
1 tsp Cayenne
1 tsp Cumin seeds
½ tsp Ground Allspice
½ tsp Chilli flakes
½ tsp Fennel
1 heaped tbsp Minced Garlic
2 tbsp Tomato puree
1 pint chicken or vegetable stock
White Wine Vinegar (alternatively you could use brown rice vinegar)
a pinch of chopped dried Coriander leaves
Cracked Black Pepper to season

Fresh ingredients from the grocers:
Chicken, Fresh Carrots, Fresh Spinach, Green Beans, Yellow Bell Pepper, Cherry Tomatoes.
Feel free to adapt this recipe using any veg or meat - frozen vegetables and tofu would work too.


How it was made

1) Dry fry the spices (excluding coriander) on medium/high heat for a minute. Add garlic paste, tomato puree, chicken and cook for 2 minutes. (Keep the ingredients moving incase they stick to the pan. You may also need to add a drop of oil or water to moisten the pan and prevent the ingredients from catching - make sure your temperature is not too high).

2) Lower temperature to medium heat, add carrots, pepper and green beans and a splash of vinegar vinegar. Fry for further 2 minutes.

3) Pour in stock, and sprinkle in quinoa. Leave to simmer on medium heat for about 20 minutes. If the water evaporates before the quinoa has cooked, add a little more water to the dish.

4) Before the last of the liquid evaporates, add spinach and coriander leaves, then add some fresh chopped tomatoes for the last minute. Once the spinach has wilted into the dish, season with black pepper and you are ready to serve.

This amount feeds 1-2 people.

This dish was made by a member of the Healthy Supplies team. Do note that no extra salt was added as the garlic paste already contains salt. You may want to increase or decrease spice quantities to your preferred taste.

Products used in this recipe

  Whole Quinoa, Organic (Infinity Foods) 450g
Whole Quinoa Grain, Organic

  Hampshire Foods Ground Allspice 50g
Ground allspice

  Hampshire Foods Cayenne Pepper 100g
Cayenne Pepper

  Tomato Puree Double Concentrate, Organic 130g (Essential)
Organic Tomato Puree

  Coriander Leaves, Dried 50g (Hampshire Foods)
Coriander Leaves

  Chicken Stock Cubes - Very Low Salt, Organic 48g (Kallo)
Kallo Chicken Stock Cubes

  Vegetable Stock Cubes - Very Low Salt, Organic 60g (Kallo)
Vegetable Stock Cubes


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