Sunday, September 30, 2012

Homemade Restaurant Fajitas

I know, "homemade restaurant fajitas" is an oxymoron.  But, these fajitas are so good, they taste like you're at a restaurant!  Fajitas used to me my go-to dish when I went out.  I always ordered it, and sometimes Dan and I shared.

But no more.

Now, we never order fajitas.  I tried to a few times after making these, but I was always disappointed.  They were never as good as mine.  (Ok, maybe they were equal to mine.  But for 4 times the cost as making them at home, they'd better be amazing.)
What you need for 8 servings:
  • 1 large onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbs oil, divided
  • Chicken marinade (see below)  
  • 6" tortillas
  • optional toppings such as avocado, sour cream, cheese, lettuce
Chicken marinade:
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)  Omit these if you don't like spicy fajitas.

Let's get cooking:

1. Cut chicken into strips, about 1/2" by 3".  Combine all marinade ingredients and add chicken.  Let marinade about 2 hours in the fridge. 

2.  Heat 1 Tbs oil in skillet over medium-high heat (or use a cast-iron griddle like in the pic).  Saute onions and peppers until softening.
Mmm, you can almost hear these sizzling!

3.  Remove veggies from skillet.  Heat 1 Tbs oil over medium-high heat, and cook marinated chicken.

4.  Serve on warm tortillas with any toppings you like.  We like lettuce, avocado, and homemade refried beans.


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