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Cajun chicken with orange, fennel and lentil salad

Total Time
20 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
10 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
Ingredients

cajun seasoning

2½ tsp, (spice mix)

Chicken tenderloin

500 g

unpeeled navel orange

3 large

lentils, canned, rinsed, drained

1 can(s), (1 x 400g can) brown variety

fennel bulb(s)

1 medium, thinly sliced

fresh mint

½ cup(s), chopped leaves

rocket

100 g, wild variety

balsamic vinegar

2 tsp, white variety

oil spray

1 x 3 second spray(s)

Instructions

  1. Reserve ½ teaspoon of the spice mix. Sprinkle the remaining spice mix over both sides of the chicken tenderloins. Lightly spray a large non-stick frying pan with oil and heat over medium heat. Add the chicken. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden and cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and segment the oranges over a bowl to catch any juice. Combine the orange segments, lentils, fennel, mint, rocket, 1 tablespoon of the reserved orange juice, the reserved spice mix and vinegar in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  3. Divide the lentil salad among serving plates and top with the chicken.
Notes
TIPS: You can make your own Cajun spice mix by blending paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic, salt and pepper. Or swap Cajun spice mix for Moroccan spice mix. Keep leftover juice from the segmented oranges to use in another salad dressing. You can add 200g red grape tomatoes with fennel in step 2.

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