June 25, 2010

Savory Chicken Fajitas

Yummy and good for you, too...

Chicken marinated in a mixture of lime juice, soy sauce, red wine vinegar, cumin, and chili powder is then sauteed with sliced bell pepper, onion, tomato, and some garlic. It's quite the combination of flavors. When the chicken is cooking--ah, the scent of lime and spices!
Be sure to slice the bell pepper quite thinly so it will cook quickly along with the onion and become nicely tender.

The tomatoes are added late in the cooking process because they need only to heat through--too long a saute-time will cause quite the mush.

Toppings: Plain yogurt, salsa, hot sauce, lettuce, shredded cheese.

Sides: Applesauce, rice, quinoa, tortilla chips and salsa.

Savory Chicken Fajitas
Estimated time: 45 minutes (plus extra time for marinading, if desired)
Serves 2 - 4

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4-8 whole wheat tortillas
  • Optional toppings:
    • Plain yogurt (optional topping)
    • Salsa (optional topping)
    • Shredded cheese (optional topping)
    • Shredded lettuce (optional topping)

1. Rinse and pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces then transfer them to a medium bowl.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, red wine vinegar, and lime juice. Pour over the chicken pieces. Sprinkle the cumin and chili powder on top, then stir thoroughly to combine. Cover and set aside as you prepare the other ingredients (or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours prior to cooking).
3. Rinse and dry the bell pepper. Slice it into very thin strips. Set aside.
4. Cut the onion into thin slices. Set aside.
5. Halve the tomato and cut it into thin slices.
6. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to a large, straight-sided skillet and heat over medium-high heat until the oil flows easily if the pan is tilted slightly.
7. Carefully add the marinated chicken and the marinade sauce to the pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes, turning the pieces occasionally.
8. Add the minced garlic, sliced peppers, and sliced onion to the pan. Cook 5-7 minutes, stirring often, till the onions are tender.
9. Add the tomato slices, stir gently, and cook the mixture for 1 more minute, until the tomatoes are also heated through.
10. Serve on whole grain tortillas with toppings like plain yogurt, shredded cheese, and shredded lettuce.