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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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Spicy Chicken Rice Bowl

14 Feb

If you want this dish hotter, add more red curry paste.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  cups  uncooked long-grain rice
  • 2  tablespoons  butter
  • 1  tablespoon  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4  cups  chicken broth
  • 1/2  cup  milk
  • 1/2  cup  light coconut milk
  • 3  tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
  • 2  teaspoons  grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  savory baked chicken (about three cups, shredded)
  • 1 1/2  cups  fresh steamed green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2  red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges

Preparation

1. Prepare rice according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth, milk, and coconut milk. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until mixture is thick and bubbly. Stir in curry paste and next 3 ingredients. Stir chicken, green beans, and red bell pepper strips into curry mixture; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro. Serve chicken mixture over rice. Sprinkle with remaining chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Yields 6 servings

1-2-3 Jambalaya

5 Feb

Ingredients

  • 1  large onion, diced
  • 1  large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1  pound  smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 4  cups  chopped cooked chicken
  • 3  cups  uncooked long-grain rice
  • 2  (10 1/2-ounce) cans French onion soup, undiluted
  • 1  (14 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1  (14 1/2-ounce) can beef broth
  • 2  to 3 teaspoons Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • 2  to 3 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs

Preparation

Sauté first 3 ingredients in hot oil in a Dutch oven 4 to 5 minutes or until sausage is browned. Stir in chicken and next 6 ingredients.

Bake, covered, at 350° for 40 minutes, stirring after 30 minutes. Garnish, if desired.

Broiled Flank Steak with Warm Tomato Topping

22 Jan

Let the steak stand while you heat the topping. Fill out the meal with orzo, and garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4  teaspoons  ground cumin, divided
  • 3/4  teaspoon  salt, divided
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground red pepper
  • 1  (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  teaspoon  olive oil
  • 1  teaspoon  bottled minced garlic
  • 1  jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2  cups  grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Combine 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and red pepper; sprinkle evenly over steak.  Place steak on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 10 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, turning once.  Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic and jalapeño to pan; cook 1 minute.  Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon cumin, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and tomatoes to pan; cook 3 minutes or until tomatoes begin to soften.  Remove from heat; stir in cilantro.  Serve tomato topping with steak.

Chicken with Chilaquiles and Salsa Verde

20 Aug

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 3/4 cups Mexican salsa verde such as Desert Pepper Trading Company or Frontera (sometimes called tomatillo sauce; from a 16-oz jar)
  • 1 3/4 cups (14 fl oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups coarsely shredded cooked chicken (from a 2-lb rotisserie chicken, skin removed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups coarsely crushed tortilla chips (not low-fat, baked, or flavored; from a 16-oz bag) plus broken chips remaining in bag (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Stir together sour cream and just enough milk to get a thick pourable consistency.
  2. Bring salsa and broth to a boil in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat. Add chicken, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, until chicken is heated through, 1 to 2 minutes, then stir in 6 cups tortilla chips and cook until chips are softened (but not mushy), about 1 minute.
  3. Transfer chilaquiles to a large platter. Sprinkle with cilantro, and 1 cup broken chips and serve immediately, with thinned sour cream on the side.

Photo by me, MyLittleFoodSpot