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Under 30 Minutes

Fast Chicken Fajitas

Travel south of the border in less than a half hour with this at-home Mexican supper.

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  • Servings: 4
Fast Chicken Fajitas

Source: Everyday Food, March 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets (about 8)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 8 flour tortillas (6-inch)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for serving
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat. Arrange chicken on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil; rub with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with chili powder, and season with salt and pepper. Broil, without turning, until chicken is opaque throughout, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside.

  2. On another rimmed baking sheet lined with foil, toss peppers, onion, garlic, and remaining tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Broil, tossing occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender and slightly charred, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, thinly slice chicken crosswise. Stack and wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel; microwave on high until warm, about 1 minute. Transfer chicken and pepper mixture to a platter, and serve with tortillas, cilantro, sour cream, and lime wedges.

Reviews (17)

  • R L Woods 1 Jun, 2013

    Perfect. Everyone in the house, including Daniel the tutor, loved this dish. I would not change a thing. Thank you for making me look so clever.

  • andelin4 27 Mar, 2013

    Easy, fast, quick clean up and good!! Even my kids who don't like "mexican" enjoyed this.!! =)

  • cvleuen 10 Oct, 2011

    Great recipe on its own, but I caramelized some onions to go with it, and it was divine!

  • jeneenj 14 Sep, 2011

    This recipe is FANTASTIC! So easy to prepare and tastes great. I used chipotle chili powder as it was what I had on hand, and it was very tasty. I have the feeling this recipe will get a lot of use:-)

  • ElizabethAnnY 3 Aug, 2011

    Awesome!!!

  • mrsrader 25 Feb, 2011

    So delicious, and quick and easy to make. This one is a keeper!

  • AstridT 24 Apr, 2010

    I broil with parchment paper all the time and have no problems. I try not to let it hang over the edge. As for the Aluminum foil, I don't use it either - there is always an alternative to suit your needs/concerns.

  • Suurje 19 Feb, 2010

    this is an awesome chicken fajita recipe. i've made it several times, my family loves it and say that it's better than our local mexican restaurant's version. i highly recommend it!

  • sapphyre24 12 Mar, 2009

    Nutritional Info would be nice. I am more concerned about not knowing that than the issue with using aluminum foil.

  • blaukehlchen 12 Mar, 2009

    SarahAA--I understand your enviro-friendly position. However, Everyday Food seems mainly concerned with getting a decent home cooked meal on the table in a relatively short amount of time, and then having the cook out of the kitchen with minimum clean-up. Hence, the recommendation for foil. One can easily opt to not use foil--as JerrieHester mentions--and perhaps the cleaning will be a bit more messy, if you don't soak the pan. The magazine more suited to your concerns is probably Body Soul.

  • duxselden 12 Mar, 2009

    Another way to do this and not use foil or parchment is in a frying pan. Sliced

  • JerrieHester 12 Mar, 2009

    I wonder if parchemnt paper can handle the higher temps of being under a broiler I don't think I have ever seen it used at that high temp and I know I don't want to use my silpoad for that as well. A broiler pan would do just find just have to clean it up afterwards.

  • SarahAA 12 Mar, 2009

    Why don't the editors of this website promote more environmentally conscious materials? Use parchment paper or a silpat instead of aluminum foil. The foil takes a huge amount of energy and pollution to create, you use it for 10 minutes then throw it in the garbage where it is to remain in a landfill for all eternity.

  • julie8179 6 May, 2008

    I can't believe how easy...and how yummy...these fajitas are! My not-so-adventerous elementary-aged daughters loved them! Since the baking sheets are lined with foil, the clean-up is a snap, as well! To make this dish even easier and quicker, I suggest prepping the veggies the night before.

  • kvick 22 Mar, 2008

    Great recipe. Easy to double or triple for parties! In a pinch you can use frozen peppers !

  • kvick 22 Mar, 2008

    Great recipe. Easy to double or triple for parties! In a pinch you can use frozen peppers !

  • etawalker 4 Mar, 2008

    Wonderful! The whole family enjoyed this one. Will be making it again soon.

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