08 February 2011

chicken lime fajitas

these fajitas were a hit at our super bowl party! the chicken is marinated to sweet perfection and then grilled indoor over a very hot grill pan. with the addition of grilled peppers and onions and all the toppings, these make a delicious and easy dinner for any night of the week.

lime marinated chicken
6 - 8 chicken tenders (could also use breasts)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
juice and pulp of one lime
a few pinches of salt

add all ingredients to resealable plastic bag, or tupperware container. shake to coat all chicken. marinate for several hours, preferably overnight. preheat grill pan over medium to high heat. drizzle pan with olive oil. place chicken in hot pan! here's the part that makes it delicious...allow the chicken to remain in one spot, do not flip or move until the chicken looks cooked at least halfway through. (this allows for carmelization, that's where you get your grill marks and your flavor!) turn over and cook through entirely until juices run clear or chicken reaches 170 - 180 degrees.

grilled veggies
i used a red pepper and a sweet onion, feel free to substitute with what you like. (summer squash or zucchini, anyone?)
in a hot pan drizzled with olive oil and a pat of butter, place sliced onion and pepper. cook until onion has gone translucent and then browned and pepper is slightly softened and caramelized.

assemble fajitas
take two (yes, two) corn tortillas and heat over a dry pan for 10 - 20 seconds. as the tortillas heat, place a little cheddar and jack cheese over one tortilla to melt then stack the two tortillas together. add sliced chicken and grilled veggies and any other toppings you like. i love la victoria salsa verde, it's delicious! and spence makes a guac that will knock your socks off. want that recipe? i'll have to beg him for it, as he actually won't let me touch the guac as he prepares it! true story.

2 comments:

  1. I'm not a huge fan of corn tortillas? Could you do this with flour tortillas? Also, as I understand it, you basically sandwich the melted cheese in between the tortillas?

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  2. My kids won't eat corn tortillas either! They love eating these on flour tortillas...either folded in half like a taco, or rolled like a burrito. No, don't sandwich the cheese, you stack the tortilla with melted cheese on top of the plain tortilla to just add more of the tortilla flavor. Because of the thickness of flour tortillas, I would just use one!

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