Don't you just love lunch or dinner that comes together fast, but it tastes amazingly delicious? Yes, that's my kind of meal. My blog is all about spending less time in the kitchen and more time around the dining room table with your loved ones. I adore fajitas. I love them spicy, but Nebs is not too much into spicy food, so I'd made them rather mild and add extra heat on my plate. I, also, love making them like a burrito and, usually, I would make Spanish rice on the side and pack that tortilla like... Well, I am not gonna be vulgar, of course, so I'll just say "like a burrito".
This is one beautiful meal that the whole family can enjoy, or you can share with your friends, or if you are a loner, it's good to get messy on your couch and watch some sobby romantic movie, or perhaps watch a football. You know what I mean, then I don't need to explain or go into details, it's just for pretty much everyone. Yup, I knew you'd agree with me!
Now, let's get cooking...
- 1 whole chicken breast, boneless
- 2 tablespoons Fajita seasoning, more if needed
- Juice from 1/2 ripe Lime
- 3-4 assorted Bell Peppers
- 1/2 Onion, medium size
- Salt and Black Pepper to taste (about 2 pinches of each)
- 3-4 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 2 teaspoons Paprika
- 2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper or 1/2 teaspoon for less spicy
- 1 tablespoon Potato Starch *optional
- Use 2 tablespoons of the seasoning for 1 whole boneless chicken breast. You can always add later some more to please your own taste.
- Some replacements for potato starch are cornstarch, arrowroot, and tapioca. These are all thickeners that can give the same result when substituted in a recipe that requires potato starch.
- It is not required to use it or add it in the seasoning, but in the end, it gives this amazing sauce that coat the chicken, which makes it even more juicy and delicious.
Tortillas, toast them on a bit of olive oil to get a nice color and crunch.
Spanish "Yellow" Rice
- Discard any fat on the chicken breast, and slice them into strips. Transfer chicken breast strips in a deep bowl and add about 2 tablespoons of seasoning. Mix well so that each strip is coated with the seasoning. Squeeze 1/2 of the ripest Lime juice and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, mix again and set aside to marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, slice peppers into strips as well, discard the seeds. Slice onion, now I had really large onion, around one pound so I used a bit over 1/4 of an onion, but 1/2 onion would be fine if the onion is medium size. You can't really go wrong with the measurements. I used all 4 colors of bell peppers since they are all different in taste, but if you have only one that's fine too. It's not a big problem at all.
- Heat the skillet with a drizzle of olive oil, about 1 tablespoon, in this case, I used Xtrema Ceramic Wok to cook my peppers, but skillet or a pan would work alright.
- Cook peppers on the medium high heat until they are cooked but still hold the form and are still crispy in texture, about 10 minutes. Add about 2 pinches of salt and black pepper.
- On the other side, heat a skillet (Xtrema 10" ceramic skillet) with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil, you may add more if needed. If the skillet it smaller, then cook marinated chicken in two batches, otherwise, add chicken and cook until done, approximately 12-15 minutes. Keep turning them often so the chicken strips could cook evenly. Add just a splash of water after the chicken is no longer pink, and cover for 2 about minutes. Take the lid off and as soon as the water evaporates, and you have a thicker sauce from the seasoning that coats the chicken. Transfer cooked peppers and onion to the chicken skillet and stir well. Allow them to cook for additional 5 minutes together.
- Give a little taste test and see if you need to add a sprinkle more of fajita seasoning or salt/black pepper.
- Turn off the heat and serve. You may serve chicken fajita in the tortilla with sour cream or over the rice. It goes perfectly over Spanish "yellow" rice.
You can slice everything ahead and store it in your fridge for up to 2 days (for chicken), or in the freezer, 0 degrees F or below, up to 9 months for raw sliced chicken according to Storage Times Food Safty Chart and it is generally recommended frozen vegetables to be eaten within 8 months for best quality. Make sure to separate both and pack in individual freezer bags.
As for the Fajita seasoning, I'd recommend to use it in the period of 3 to 4 months. You probably have all the ingredients, so just mix them up, store in the jar and you are good to go. It goes well with turkey, beef, or vegetables if you do not eat meat fajitas.