Fried chicken fajita contains only 5 ingredients

Here’s a sneak peek at how my brain works: Once the calendar comes up in May, I go into full summer mode. Pool party invitations are outside, swimwear is on order, and I’m dreaming of those perfect summer dishes like pasta and lemongrass and cereal salads. Here in Austin at least, you really can’t separate summer meals from Tex-Mex meals. Many of us in ATX live happily on tacos from May through August, whether they’re tossed on the grill or picked up from a favorite spot. However, summer is the time to keep it simple, so I love this quick-and-main-flavor Mexican recipe. You too? Enter the five-ingredient chicken fajitas.

Why dinner paper pan rule.

My current favorite answer to the “what am I cooking for dinner tonight” puzzle? These plates of chicken fajitas are quite literally made on one tray, and when you coat them in tin foil or parchment paper, the dreaded after-dinner cleanup becomes non-existent.

The secret to making fried chicken fajitas using only a handful of ingredients is how you season them. This meal relies on skinless chicken breast or tenderloin, bell peppers, and onions (it doesn’t get any more basic), and sprinkled with generous amounts of taco seasoning that heighten the flavour. The spice mix I bought from a high-quality store is packed with all the same herbs and spices I’ve been mixing myself, but faster.

What makes fried chicken fajitas healthier?

Tex-Mex often gets a bad reputation for being greasy or heavy, and while that may be true in a restaurant setting, dishes like chicken fajitas prove that Tex-Mex can be packed with veggies and protein.

  • The base: Use a corn tortilla if you want to keep it gluten-free (or like me, you just prefer the taste of corn tortillas over flour.) You can also make an amazing fajita salad by tossing this mixture with some lettuce and shredded pico. .
  • Look at the grease: making it on a tray in the oven lets you use less oil than if you were making it in a frying pan (just a little olive oil before cooking).
  • Delicious fresh toppings: Top with more greens: guacamole, pico de gallo, and cilantro. Although I like a little sour cream at the end.

Let’s take a look at these five ingredients

Before anyone objects that the math doesn’t make sense, I should probably make it clear that when I say “5 ingredients,” I’m not including the essential nutrients: olive oil, salt, and pepper. Also, the extras to be offered are optional, so…don’t count. OK?

For the party, top off the fillings and decorations with a pile of just-charred tortillas, and let everyone dig in. Summer is served!

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