Cajun Chicken Quinoa Bowl

I like to experiment a lot in the kitchen and come up with recipes up as I go. It usually depends on what I have in the kitchen.

If it turns out to be good it just adds on to my recipe book for future reference. In essence, my recipes come from experimenting a lot.

In this case, I didn’t have that many options to work with since we haven’t been grocery shopping. So from what I found in my kitchen, I came up with this delicious Cajun chicken recipe. I noticed I had some leftover quinoa we made a day before and a bunch of mushrooms and red bell peppers. I also like my food pretty spicy so I added a serrano pepper (these are fairly spicier than a regular jalapeño).

Serving size 2-3

What you need:

For the veggie quinoa:

  • 3 cups cooked/leftover tricolor quinoa
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 serrano pepper (optional for heat)
  • 5 Tbsp of The new primal marinade
  • 1 cup mushrooms

For the cajun chicken:

  • 3 chicken breasts.
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
  • Cajun spices:
  • 6 tablespoons paprika.
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt.
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper.
  • 2 tablespoons ground white pepper.
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder.
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder.
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme.
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne.

What to do:

  1. Marinate chopped vegetables with the “New Primal Marinade” for 15-20 minutes.
  2. In a Ziploc bag add oil and chicken breasts with all the cajun spices to marinate for the same 15-20 minutes.
  3. Heat up a little oil in a pan and add vegetables to saute. Once they’re soft and to your preferred doneness, add cooked quinoa and cook until warm. Set aside.
  4. In a heated cast iron pan, add the chicken and cook through.
  5. In a bowl, add quinoa and vegetable mix and then add your chicken on top.
  6. DONE – ENJOY!

It’s a very easy recipe that can be done quickly and you will still feel like you’re having a delicious meal. Also, you can skip the marinating steps if you’re in a rush, it will still be as tasty.

If you do not have “The New Primal’s” marinade, you can make your own marinade with:

  • 5 tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • agave nectar 1tsp
  • 3 tsp pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ginger

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