Sunday, April 22, 2012

Chicken Fajitas, Paleo and Non-Paleo

Chicken Fajitas, Paleo and Non-Paleo

Fajitas make my world go 'round. They really do. The little bit of warmth you get from the spices and the great flavors from everything combined.. just thinking about it makes my mouth water. I love getting fajitas when I go out. You know when they bring it to you and the skillet is popping? Best sound, and smell ever! But why do I have to pay $15+ for fajitas when I can make them at home, serve 4 people and only spend $13-$14? Don't get me wrong, I love eating out but I hate seeing the bill because I know I can make the exact same thing for much, much less. So, here's to us people saving a few pennies and eating great at home! Paleo or not, this recipe is sure to warm your belly!

Serves 4, Cost is about $13.00
3 large chicken breasts, butterflied
1/4cup olive oil
1 lime, zested and juiced
1tsp salt
1/2tsp pepper
2tsp cumin
1tsp garlic powder
1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 red onion, sliced thin
Prepare the marinade by mixing the ingredients starting with the olive oil through garlic powder in a large bowl or ziplock bag. When you have the chicken breasts butterflied, add them to the mixture and coat evenly. Leave at room temperature up to 1 hour before grilling. If you are wanting to eat in a few hours or the next day, simply marinate it and cover tightly and return to the fridge. When you're ready to cook, let it sit out at least 30 minutes before grilling.
For Grilling:
Heat grill very high for 5 minutes then turn down to a medium heat and cook chicken thoroughly, about 10 minutes.

For Stove Top:
Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high and cook chicken thoroughly, about 5 minutes per side.
While the chicken is cooking, heat a cast iron skillet (or whatever you have on hand) on medium-high with about 1/4cup olive oil. Add the peppers and onions to it and cook down to your liking. I cook mine about 15 minutes or until tender, but not mushy.
Assemble the fajitas with cheese, sour cream, guacamole, peppers and onions and chicken. For a paleo version, skip the cheese, sour cream and fajita shell and use romaine lettuce or endive instead.

Eat and enjoy!

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