How to Make Chicken Fajitas
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Craving Tex-Mex? Try making chicken fajitas for dinner. This quick and easy dinner makes it socially acceptable to play with your food. So marinate chicken, heat up your cast-iron skillet, and warm the tortillas, because chicken fajitas have never been simpler to make.
Try changing up the spices in your marinade recipe to make the fajitas to your liking. Add more ancho chili powder for extra heat, or throw in some chipotle peppers and cumin for a distinctly mesquite taste. Add plenty of lime juice, salt, and pepper to really bring out the flavor in your chicken fajitas.
For a simple, fail-proof marinade, combine ½ of a cup of vegetable oil with 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder; 2 tablespoons lime juice; 1 ½ tablespoons honey; 1 clove of garlic, minced; ½ teaspoon paprika; and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Whisk well to combine. Then, in a sealable plastic bag, combine the marinade and boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced into strips.
While the chicken is marinating, slice onions and bell peppers into thin strips. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 3 hours. Then, heat a cast-iron skillet or heavy, nonstick pan with 1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil until almost smoking. Add the peppers and onions to the pan; once soft, drain the marinade from the chicken and add the chicken to the pan. Cook on medium-high for 8 to 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the onions and peppers have begun to caramelize.
While the chicken is cooking, warm the tortillas, mix the guacamole, and separate the salsa, cheese, sour cream, and other condiments into bowls.
Finally, serve your chicken fajitas. Use this simple method for making fajitas for an easy weeknight dinner or your next Tex-Mex fiesta.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.