Mexican Chicken Fajitas

Mexican Chicken Fajitas


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About this recipe: Although in northern Mexico ‘fajitas’ refers to a specific cut of beef, elsewhere in the world the term has come to describe a combination of sizzling pan-grilled chicken strips with capsicums and onions, wrapped in a flour chapati (tortilla). The dish has very little fat, but lots and lots of fresh flavours.

Azmina Govindji

Serves: 4 

  • 400 g skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut in strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tsp degi mirch or paprika
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • grated zest and juice of ½ orange
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp veg oil
  • 30 g fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2 green capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 120 ml curd
  • salt and pepper
  • Tomato salsa
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 125 g ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium-hot fresh green chilli, seeded and chopped, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • lemon juice to taste

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. In a bowl combine the chicken strips with the garlic, cumin, chilli, degi mirch, oregano, orange zest and juice, lemon juice, 1 tbsp of the oil and 3 tbsp of the coriander. Mix well so that all the chicken strips are coated, then leave to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. To make the salsa, combine all the ingredients. Add the remaining chopped coriander. Season with ¼–½ tsp lemon juice and some salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Heat the tawa until it is very hot. Brush with the remaining 1 tbsp of oil. Put in the green capsicum and onions and cook for 6–8 minutes or until lightly charred. Remove and set aside.
  4. Warm the tortillas. Meanwhile, cook the chicken in a pan turning once or twice, for about 5 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
  5. To serve, divide the chicken, onions and capsicum among the warm tortillas and roll up. Serve with the fresh salsa and curd. Alternatively, present the ingredients separately, with the tortillas wrapped in a cloth to keep them warm, and let your guests make their own fajitas.

Another idea

For quesadillas, use only 170 g (6 oz) chicken. Allow 1 tortilla per person. Sprinkle one half of each tortilla with 15 g (½ oz) grated Cheddar cheese and add a spoonful or two of the hot cooked chicken strips and green peppers and onions. Fold into a half-moon shape, pressing the edges together, and fry until lightly golden on each side.

Plus points

Onions and garlic are not just valuable assets in the kitchen, they have been used throughout history as a cure-all. Recent research suggests that garlic can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Both are thought to prevent blood clotting and act as natural decongestants. Include them in your cooking as much as possible. * Substituting the traditional soured cream with low-fat yogurt helps to keep the fat content down.

Each serving provides

Excellent source of vitamin B6, vitamin C. Good source of copper, iron, niacin, vitamin E. Useful source of calcium, folate, potassium, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, zinc.

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