Cajun Chicken Thighs

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 347KCAL

Our delicious, slimming-friendly Cajun Chicken Thighs can be enjoyed when counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories347
  • Carbs3.4g
  • Protein57g
  • Fat11g
  • Saturates2.8g
  • Sugars1g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

These delicious, Cajun Chicken Thighs are slimming friendly and can be enjoyed if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

Our Cajun Chicken Thighs are perfect for throwing on the BBQ and eating al fresco with a beautiful glass of wine – they really are a fantastic summer treat!

We love our food with a little bit of a spice kick and a squeeze of lemon juice over these thighs helps to give them an extra zing.

Although we’ve cooked these thighs on a BBQ, you can also cook them in the oven and enjoy them for lunch, as a snack or even for dinner!

What diets are these Cajun Chicken Thighs suitable for?

This Cajun Chicken Thighs recipe is suitable for gluten free diets.

It can be made dairy free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for dairy free versions;

  • 0% yoghurt

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Cajun Chicken Thighs recipe?

  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Cajun Chicken Thighs recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Cajun Chicken Thighs recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Cajun Chicken Thighs recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Cajun Chicken Thighs?

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We cooked these Cajun Chicken Thighs on our Big Green Egg, which is a charcoal BBQ. If you’re cooking on charcoal you will want to cook them on the opposite side of the grill to where the coals are.

This will ensure that the Cajun Chicken Thighs don’t over cook, and that they retain moisture, which is exactly what you want.

We used Tesco’s Cajun Seasoning for our Cajun Chicken Thighs, but if you use another then just make sure that you look up the calories and Points etc as they can vary!

How many calories are in these Cajun Chicken Thighs?

There are 347 calories per portion in these Cajun Chicken Thighs, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category.

These Cajun Chicken Thighs are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Skin the chicken thighs by pulling off the skin. You might need some kitchen roll to help you grip and pull.

Step 2

Put all the ingredients in a non-reative bowl (except the lemon juice) and mix well. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

Step 3

Cook at 200°C or on a BBQ for for 20-30 minutes. Make sure they’re cooked, by making sure the juices run clear.

Step 4

Drizzle with the lemon juice and enjoy!

What could I serve with these Cajun Chicken Thighs?

These Cajun Chicken Thighs are perfect when served for lunch or as a snack, but we especially love them served as a light dinner alongside the following accompaniments:

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How do you know when these Cajun Chicken Thighs is cooked?

You’ll need to cook these for around 20 – 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the juices run clear.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep these Cajun Chicken Thighs in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Cajun Chicken Thighs in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze these Cajun Chicken Thighs?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Cajun Chicken Thighs?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 2-3 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 1-2 minutes then turn. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes until piping hot.

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Cajun Chicken Thighs

Our delicious, slimming-friendly Cajun Chicken Thighs can be enjoyed when counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 347
  • Carbs 3.4G
WW Points
  • 8 Green
  • 8 Blue
  • 8 Purple

Ingredients

  • 8 large boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tbsp 0% yogurt
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 lemon juice of

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Instructions

  1. Skin the chicken thighs by pulling off the skin. You might need some kitchen roll to help you grip and pull.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a non-reative bowl (except the lemon juice) and mix well. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
  3. Cook at 200°C or on a BBQ for for 20-30 minutes. Make sure they're cooked, by making sure the juices run clear.
  4. Drizzle with the lemon juice and enjoy!

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LindaThursday 2nd July 2020

Hi could I use chicken breast?

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    HollyThursday 2nd July 2020

    Hi Linda, yes you can swap the chicken thighs for chicken breasts but check the chicken is cooked through before serving. Hope that helps!

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