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Friday, February 17, 2012

Chicken Fajitas

My family loves chicken fajitas.  With all the colorful vegetables and peppers they are a very healthy dinner. The marinated chicken has a wonderful flavor.  For our meal, I set out whole wheat tortillas, fat free cheddar cheese, salsa, and fat free sour cream.  I served the fajitas with traditional black beans and brown rice.  I will post the beans/rice recipe in a seperate blog entry.  One chicken fajita has about 350 calories and one serving of the black beans and brown rice is approximately 107 calories.

Chicken Fajitas

4 boneless chicken breasts
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 teaspoon chili powder
dash pepper
1/2 red onion
1 yellow onion
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
whole wheat tortillas

To make the chicken marinade for the fajitas combine the fresh lime juice with the olive oil.  I used a hand juicer which worked great.

Add in the red pepper flakes, ground cumin, garlic cloves, chili powder and dash pepper and stir mixture to combine.

Slice chicken breasts into thin long strips.  

Pour marinade mixture over chicken and stir to cover the chicken pieces.

Place chicken in the refrigerator to marinade for at least an hour or up to 3 hours.  Next you may begin slicing the peppers and onions into thin strips shortly before you are ready to start cooking the chicken.

Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a skillet.  Add the onions and peppers and stir until they are softened and then place in a bowl and set aside.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wrap the tortillas in foil and heat in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Add chicken and cook until meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear. 

Then add the peppers and onions to the chicken and heat together in the skillet for 1-2 minutes.  I sprinkled some Emeril's southwest seasoning on the warm chicken/pepper mixture.  If you have some lying around the house it adds a nice flavor to this dish.

Divide the chicken and peppers among the whole wheat tortillas.  Serve with fat free sour cream, salsa, lettuce, tomato and whatever other toppings your family enjoys.  Yield is 4-6 servings at approximately 350 calories/serving for 1 fajita with a whole wheat tortilla, some fat free cheddar cheese (1/8 cup) and 2 tablespoons each of fat free sour cream and salsa.

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