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Chicken Fajitas

26 Feb

chicken fajitas I remember, growing up, that chicken fajitas were a big deal.  Not only were they a welcome break from the Hamburger Helper lasagna, meatloaf, and grilled chicken (all of which I love, by the way), but when mom made chicken fajitas, we felt like royalty.  Now that I’m (sort of) all grown up, I enjoy this sizzling entree at restaurants from time to time, but every once in a while you gotta MAKE something that just says, “WOW!  We are special.”

Serve with spicy cheesy refried beans and a garden salad.

Ingredients

    • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
    • Salt
    • 2 T canola, safflower, peanut or grapeseed oil (a high smoke point oil)
    • 1 large onion, sliced lengthwise (root to tip) into 1/4-inch strips
    • 3 bell peppers of various colors, sliced into 1/4-inch strips

Marinade

    • 2 T lime juice
    • 3 T olive oil
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Extras

    • 8-12 flour tortillas
    • Taco sauce
    • Sliced avocado
    • Sour cream
    • Shredded cheese
    • Thinly sliced iceberg lettuce dressed lightly with salt and cider vinegar

Combine the marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  Add the chicken, shake well to cover, and let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.  This can be prepared in advance and marinated in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours, but allow to sit at room temperature for an hour before cooking.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and wipe off excess marinade.  Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt.

Heat a large cast iron frying pan on high heat for 1 to 2 minutes.  Add a tablespoon of canola oil to the pan and, once the oil begins to smoke, carefully add the chicken breast pieces.  Work in batches, if necessary.  Allow the chicken to sear for 2-3 minutes then turn the pieces over and allow the second side to sear for another 2-3 minutes.

Stack seared chicken on a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil to retain heat and finish cooking as you saute the peppers and onions.

Add another tablespoon of canola oil to the pan and, once the oil begins to smoke, carefully add the onions and peppers to the pan.  Using a metal spatula scrape up the leftover browned bits from the chicken and stir to coat the onions and peppers with the oil and brown bits.  Evenly spread the onions and peppers in the pan.  Leave them to sear undisturbed for 2 minutes, allowing them to blacken a bit.  Stir and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.

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If chicken is not quite cooked through, place it back in the pan for a minute or two.  Slice the chicken against the grain into strips and serve at once with the peppers and onions, some warm tortillas, and your favorite toppings.  I opt for diced tomatoes or a good pico de gallo, guacamole and shredded cheese.

Recipe inspired by simplyrecipes.com

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

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Chipotle Steak

14 Jun
We don’t make this one often but I often wonder why.  My theory is that steak is such a special treat for me that I don’t generally like to doctor it up; I prefer to enjoy it in its natural, unaltered form.  These flavors play so well together, though, that it does the exact opposite of “ruining a good thing.”  Try it and I am certain you will agree that it truly elevates your favorite cut of beef.
On the night pictured in this photo I also added a sliced bell pepper to the grill.
Ingredients
  • 2 6-8 oz. steaks of your choice
  • 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped, plus 2 tsp. adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 medium tomatoes, cut in thick slices
  • 2 medium avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced

Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Spread each with 1 tsp. of the adobo sauce.

Grill steak over medium coals, turning once. Allow 12-15 minutes for medium. Grill onion on foil till slightly tender.

For dressing, in screw-top jar combine chopped chipotle pepper, oil and vinegar. Shake.

Slice steaks. Serve with tomatoes and avocado slices. Add onion; drizzle dressing.

 

Recipe taken from Better Homes and Gardens

Photo by me, My Little Food Spot

Royal Curried Chicken Salad

27 Jan

This is a great lunch option for stay-at-home-moms and dads and for go-to-work dads and moms.  At home, I prefer mine over mixed baby greens and as part of a sack lunch, Derek takes his on 12-grain bread.  Yummy either way.  I have made this many many times over the years so I do highly recommend it.  I love the crunch of the celery and water chestnuts and the sweetness of the grapes.  For me, the optional ingredients that I tend to leave out are the pineapple, almonds and avocado.  It’s good with, but, in my opinion, they’re not necessary and, since I don’t often have them on hand, omitting them cuts down on the cost.

Ingredients

  • 2 (13oz.) cans chicken breast
  • 2-3 stalks chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup diced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 lb. seedless red grapes, sliced in half
  • 8 oz. can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 avocados, sliced (optional)

Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl.
Combine mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients; spoon over chicken mixture and toss gently.  Cover and chill at least 4 hours.  Serve salad over lettuce or on bread, with avocado, if desired.

Recipe from Southern Living: Easy Weeknight Favorites

Photo by mylittlefoodspot

Tortilla Pie

17 Jan

Hadn’t made this one in a while and for some reason have never posted it.  It’s one of those I sometimes forget about, which is stupid because it is so easy and so good.  We had my mom over for dinner and we three adults finished it off (probably eating a little more than we should have).  I prefer it with the chicken but it doubles the amount of work because you actually have to break out a pan, unless you purchase pre-cooked chicken or have some extra on hand.  I’ve always used refried beans and the other night I used canned chicken and served it with a little sour cream on the side.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. can refried or black beans (whatever you prefer)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 cup salsa or picante sauce, divided
  • 8-12 oz. prepared guacamole, divided
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 8 (8-inch) whole wheat flour tortillas
  • about 1 cup cooked shredded chicken (optional)

Combine the first three ingredients, stirring well.  Place one tortilla in a greased 9″ cake pan or casserole dish; spread with half of bean mixture (and chicken, if desired) and top with another tortilla.  Spread with half cup salsa and top with another tortilla.  Spread with half of the guacamole and top with another tortilla.  Sprinkle with half of cheese and top with another tortilla.

Repeat layers with remaining ingredients, except cheese.  Cover and bake at 350 for 20 minutes; uncover and sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake, uncovered, another 3 to 5 minutes.  Cut into wedges to serve.  Garnish with sour cream and additional salsa and guacamole.

Recipe from Southern Living: Easy Weeknight Favorites

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Cucumber-Avocado Salsa

22 Aug

This is one of my favorite go-to appetizer dips.  Served with tortilla chips, it is so fresh tasting.  After about two chip-fulls I am hopelessly hooked.

Ingredients

  • 2 English cucumbers, seeded, quartered and cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, minced
  • 3 T. red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lime zest
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 T. chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 avocados, cubed

Combine cucumber and scallion in a medium bowl.  Whisk together vinegar and next five ingredients in a small bowl.  Pour vinaigrette over cucumber mixture and season with salt and pepper.  Can be prepared and refrigerated ahead of time.  Add the avocado just before serving.

Recipe inspired by Southern Living