Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fabulous Fajitas!!

Do you ever get to the point where you're so absolutely sick of everything you cook you can't think of a thing to make for dinner?

Well that was me today.



I got off work at 3:00, ran a few errands, and then hit the grocery store hoping for some kind of inspiration.

Pork was out, beef was out, pasta was out, rice was out, salad was out - I just couldn't think of anything that appealed to me.

And then I remembered a conversation I had at lunch. One of the women I work with recently made fajitas...

Spicy, flavourful chicken cooked in a sizzling hot pan, sweet crunchy peppers and onions, cool creamy avocado, the spicy tang of salsa, and a dollop of sour cream.

The perfect meal for a busy Tuesday evening.



Armed with a plan, I made way to the produce section and picked up two limes, a jalapeno pepper, orange, yellow, and green peppers, an avocado, and a nice big bunch of fresh cilantro.



(Note to self... remember to plant cilantro in the herb garden next summer)

Then I picked up boneless, skinless chicken breasts, my favourite soft burrito wrappers and made my way to the check out.

The first thing I did when I got home - after greeting the dog and putting on my flannel pyjamas, was marinate the chicken.

To do so, you will need:

Marinade

* 1/4 cup beer
* 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and finely chopped
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/2 tsp salt

Stir together beer, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, jalapeno pepper, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cilantro, cumin, and salt; mix well.

Pour into a resealable plastic bag, or large bowl, add up to 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast, and mix until chicken is well coated. Marinate for 1 to 3 hours in the refrigerator.

In the meantime, slice your onion, and peppers.

Set aside.

Turn on Oprah - this last season has been amazing - put your feet up, and enjoy a little relaxation.



When you're just about ready to eat, heat two tbsp of olive oil in a skillet and sautee your peppers and onions until they're just beginning to turn a nice golden colour.



Add 1 tsp oregano and 1 tsp fresh chopped basil.

Remove to a bowl and set aside in a warm place.

Using the same pan, sautee the marinated chicken over medium high heat until nicely browned.



To serve the fajitas, place pieces of chicken, a couple of spoons of vegetables, avocado slices, salsa, and a dollop of sour cream along the centre of a warmed flour tortilla.

Wrap and eat.

For printable recipe click HERE



Ole!!

5 comments:

  1. LYNDS...

    SOUNDS FABU, LOOKS DELISH, BUT I'D HAVE TO PASS ON THE BELL PEPPERS AND THE JALAPENO...EVERYTHING ELSE I COULD WORK WITH.

    VERY LITTLE SMELLS AS GOOD OR IS AS APPETIZING AS SIZZLING FAJITA FIXINGS THRU THE WHOLE HOUSE [RESTAURANT] ALL
    THE WAY TO THE SUPPER TABLE.

    I KNOW EVERYTHING WAS A SUCCESS 4 U ONCE AGAIN, KITCHEN WITCH.

    TOWANDA, BABY!

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  2. I love fajitas! It is easily in my top 5 favorite meals. And cilantro too! We plant cilantro every year, but we never get enough. This year, I am starting with seeds and planting a huge row.

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  3. Yes I do run out of things to make. Sometimes just the thought of cooking makes me want to throw myself on the floor. These fajitas look amazing.

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  4. Lyndsay - I do quite often get that feeling when it just seems like nothing really appeals. These fajitas look like the absolutely perfect antidote - yum!!!
    Sue :-)

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