Chicken Fajitas

Chicken-FajitasA Fajita is a meal that includes meat, poultry, vegetables and other ingredients which are cooked together over an open fire or a grill and are served in a flour tortilla. Fajitas are regarded as a Tex-Mex cuisine although credit should really go to the Mexican workers who created the dish whilst working and living in Texas, USA.

The word Fajita has evolved over time.  Originally a Fajita referred just to beef. Today, we have Chicken Fajitas, Steak Fajitas, Shrimp Fajitas and more. It is now thought that anything wrapped in a flour tortilla is a Fajita but in truth, only when the meat is skirt steak is it a “true” Fajita.

The meat or chicken that makes up a Fajita is usually cut into strips and placed into the wrap with along with a selection of vegetables, bell peppers and jalapenos.  Fajitas can be topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, or anything that takes our fancy.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 green bell pepper – or mix red/green/yellow peppers
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (if you like spicy food)
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 3 Tbsp. Fajita Seasoning Mix (see recipe below)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 6 flour tortillas

Directions

Cut chicken into thin strips. Cut green pepper into strips. Heat oil in large skillet and add chicken. Cook and stir over medium high heat for 5 minutes. Then add three tablespoons of the Fajita Seasoning Mix, water, green pepper and onion. Reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir over medium heat until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with salsa, sour cream, and grated cheese in warmed tortillas.

Fajita Seasoning

 

  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2-1/2 tsp. crushed chicken bouillon cube
  • 1-1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin

Directions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour into small glass or plastic container, seal tightly and store in a cool, dry place.
  • Makes the equivalent of 3 packets of commercial or purchased Fajita Seasoning Mix.
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