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cajun chicken tray bake

Cajun chicken tray bake, an all-in-one dish combining chicken and vegetables with cajun spicing and a fresh hit of lemon. A quick midweek dinner in one.

Cajun chicken tray bake is one of those quick dinner dishes that I cook regularly. In short, those quick mid week dinners we all rely on, but not one I had planned to write down. It’s one of those dishes I pull together without much thought, and it changes depending on what I have in the fridge and freezer!

cajun chicken one pot dish ready to serve with plates ready in the background

However, after posting a photo of my Cajun chicken tray bake dinner on Instagram, I had a few friends asking me to share the recipe. So I thought why not? It’s super simple to make, more assembly than actual cooking. Allowing you time to get on with other things.

I often prepare this dish earlier in the day, cover it and place it in the fridge until later. Then when I’m ready to cook it’s just a case of popping it into the oven.

Recipe steps:

cajun chicken vegetables before prep, just ingredients
Select the ingredients you wish to cook with
cajun chicken vegetables prepped with seasoning in pan ready for oven
Place all the ingredients into your tray


This recipe does change from time to time, depending on what I have in the fridge and my cupboards. Therefore, what I have tried to do here is share the version of Cajun chicken tray bake with vegetables that my family and I like to eat most!

However, being a versatile recipe it’s one that’s easily adapted to your own family’s taste. I have used chicken breasts but this recipe works just as well with chicken legs, thighs or drumsticks.

If you don’t have some chicken, substitute with some sausages, pork or lamb chops, simply use what you have.

Don’t be limited by the vegetables you add either, use what you like to eat. Perhaps adding aubergine or some broccoli. I like to add courgettes from the garden, they’re a great way to use up a glut during the summer months.

Similarly herbs are a great addition.  Parsley and thyme both work really well in the dish, alongside the lemon and garlic. In other words make the dish your own!

cajun chicken roasted and ready for the table

Can I make chicken tray bake in advance?

Quick to prepare, really more of an assembly job, this cajun chicken & vegetable tray bake is a great dish for busy dinner times through the week.

However, I also like to serve it on busy day’s spent outdoors during the Summer months. When the sun in shining I don’t want to be stuck indoors cooking. I therefore make this recipe up ahead of time, placing the vegetables into the tray and the chicken in a separate bowl ready for adding later. Cover both and pop in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

I often bringing the dish straight to the picnic table in my back garden so that everyone can help themselves.

I don’t recommend cooking this Cajun chicken tray bake in advance and heating it up later. You would loose a lot of the freshness from the vegetables and the whole dish would feel a bit soggy. The joy of this dish is eating it straight from the oven or pan!

close up of finished cajun chicken dish ready to be eaten

Cooking chicken tray bake outdoors!

Finally as it’s all cooked in one dish this recipe is ideal for cooking outdoors. Consequently I cook it a lot on family camping trips. My favourite pan is actually a large paella pan, it allows me to cook an entire meal for the whole family in one dish.

I love camping and one of the things I truly enjoy is cooking outdoors. This Cajun chicken tray bake is easily cooked in a large pan over a camping stove. Firstly, I brown off the spiced chicken first, before adding the rest of the ingredients to the pan. One pan, hence less washing up which as anyone who camps can agree is an added bonus!

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cajun chicken roasted and ready for the table

Cajun chicken & roasted vegetable tray bake

One pot Cajun chicken, an all-in-one dish combining chicken and vegetables with cajun spicing and a fresh hit of lemon. A quick midweek dinner in one.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 708kcal


  • 130 g cooking chorizo (skin removed and cut into chunks)
  • 8-10 baby potatoes (leave skin on and cut in half)
  • 1 red pepper (cut into chunks)
  • 1 yellow pepper (cut into chunks)
  • 2 courgettes (sliced)
  • 2 red onions (peeled and cut into wedges)
  • ½ bulb garlic (break into cloves but leave skin on)
  • 2 lemons (quartered)
  • 200 g baby plum tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt & pepper


  • 4 chicken breasts (cut into chunks)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 tsp cajun seasoning
  • ½ tsp black pepper



  • Place the chicken into a bowl along with the marinade ingredients. Stir well to combine and thoroughly coat the chicken pieces, adding a little more oil if required. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and place in the fridge to marinade, ideally overnight but an hour will work fine if you are short of time. Do not add salt to the marinade as this will only draw the moisture from the chicken.
  • When ready to cook take a large non-stick oven tray, ideally one with high sides. Place the chorizo, lemon and all the vegetables (but NOT the tomatoes) into the tray. Drizzle over the olive oil and add the paprika, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Place the tray in a pre-heated oven at 200CFan and bake for 40 minutes, stirring the mix half way through.
  • After 40 minutes remove the tray from the oven, give the vegetables one final stir and then place the pieces of chicken on top. Drizzle any excess marinade over the chicken pieces, and season the chicken with a little salt. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.
  • Again remove the tray from the oven but this time do not stir anything, simply add the baby plum tomatoes to the tray and return to the oven for a final 5-10 minutes.
  • The dish is ready to serve straight from the oven once the chicken is cooked through.


This is a very versatile recipe. We have used chicken breasts but this recipe works just as well with chicken legs, thighs or drumsticks.
Likewise feel free to add the vegetables that your family enjoy eating.
Nutrition Facts
Cajun chicken & roasted vegetable tray bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 708 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 677mg29%
Potassium 2173mg62%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 60g120%
Vitamin A 2885IU58%
Vitamin C 181.9mg220%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Main Course
Cuisine : American
Keyword : Easy, Onepot, Simple, traybake
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Monday 9th of November 2020

This looks delicious. The perfect mid week meal.


Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Thank you Cat, this is a great mid-week dish. I love any dish that has all the ingredients cooked in one tray at the same time! Lesley


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

We both loved this meal. I would wrap the garlic in tin foil instead of leaving it with the other veggies. Such an easy but delicious meal. Thank you for sharing.


Thursday 17th of October 2019

Thanks so much, great tip about the garlic as well, we are garlic fiends in our house so I love the sweetness of the roasted garlic. Cheers, Michelle


Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

The whole meal looks fantastic and how easy it is.


Friday 25th of May 2018

Thank you Balvinder, it's my go to quick dinner when I've little time. Lesley