Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dorm Room Dinner: Chicken Fajitas

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Chicken fajitas have always been a staple of mine.  Most of the time, I throw whatever vegetables I have into it; and, I use rice as well as chicken so that the dinner stretches further.  The best part, in my opinion, though, is the toppings.  I top these babies with whatever I have on hand whether it be salsa, sour cream, avocado, or pickled red onions.  Of course you must always top them with cheese.

These are the perfect leftovers meal, in my opinion.  If I have baked chicken leftover, I will frequently throw in some taco seasoning, veggies, and rice.  Roll it up in a tortilla and I have a fast yummy meal.  This is also a great dinner when you want everything to be done quick, and easy.  I stirfry the vegetables and chicken and make the rice in a separate pot.  I leave everything on the stove so people can serve themselves.

I used to love it when my mom made tacos or fajitas.  It was so fun to pick my toppings and make my own dinner.  I think that people always enjoy it when they can spice or add the flavors that they like best.  As you all know, John loves his spicy dishes, so this is probably a favorite meal of his, too. 
Chicken Fajitas
Serves:  4, 2 fajitas per person
1 1/2 cups rice
3 tablespoons of fajita seasoning mix or taco seasoning mix (I use Penzey's Arizona Dream)
3 chicken breasts
2 green peppers
2 onions
8 tortillas

Make the rice according to package directions but in the water, add one tablespoon of seasoning mix.  Then, slice the chicken breasts into thin strips; slice the green peppers and onions also into thin strips.  Heat two tablespoons of oil in a large skillet.  Add  the chicken and cook until it is white on all sides.  Add the peppers, onions, and remaining seasoning mix.  Allow the mixture to cook an additional 15 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked and the onions are translucent.  Warm the tortillas in the oven at 250 degrees F for 5 minutes.  Serve warm tortillas and top with seasoned rice, chicken, and veggies.  Top with additional toppings such as salsa, sour cream, avocado, and cheddar cheese.

If you're using pre-cooked chicken, then just add the chicken and veggies all together.  Cook about 5 minutes, until heated through.    You can substitute any veggies in your fridge and the dish still tates amazing.  Easy, quick, delicious, and fun!  It's everything a dinner should be.

Until the next time my oven is on...

6 comments:

  1. Had chicken fajitas over the weekend! Just came across your wonderful blog and am a new follower!!!
    - Jessica
    http://cajunlicious.blogspot.com

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