Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas make such a healthy and quick meal. I was so excited, as I always am, when my food magazines came in the mail this month. I love looking through the magazines and tabbing the recipes that I just have to make right away. This recipe stood out the second I saw it in this months Cooking Light magazine. Mexican food is one of my favorite types of food and I already had a favorite chicken fajita recipe that I make often. But when I saw that it was made with Negra Modelo beer, I was super excited! Not only is this dark Mexican beer an amazing marinade ingredient, but it is the best beverage to serve with it too! Pair these together with mexican rice and guacamole and you will see what I mean! ;)

Chicken Fajitas

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4  cup  dark Mexican beer (Negra Modelo)
  • 2  tablespoons  lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
  • 1  tablespoon  canola oil
  • 1  tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce
  • 3  garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1  pound  skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut across grain into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 1  cup  sliced onion
  • 1  orange bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1  yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 8  (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1  jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • Salsa
  • Reduced-fat sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Fresh cilantro leaves

Directions:

  1. In a two cup measuring cup, combine beer, soy sauce, lime juice, oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Place chicken in a large resealable bag. Add 3/4 cup beer mixture. Reserve remaining beer mixture. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. In a large resealable bag, combine onion, bell peppers, and remaining beer mixture. Marinate for 1 hour at room temperature.
  3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray pan with cooking spray. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and black pepper. Add chicken to pan and cook until no longer pink, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove chicken from pan and keep warm. Remove onion and bell peppers from bag and discard marinade. Add onion mixture to pan and cook for 6 minutes or until tender, turning after 3 minutes. Toast tortillas in pan.
  4. Divide chicken and onion mixture evenly among tortillas. Garnish with jalapeño slices. Serve with salsa, sour cream, guacamole and cilantro, if desired.

Source: Cooking Light, January 2011

15 Responses to “Chicken Fajitas”

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    The Food Hound — January 20, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    I love the idea of marinating the chicken and the veggies! I’ve had many failed attempts at making fajitas on my own, and they’ve always ended up exceptionally bland. I will definitely try these!!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — January 20, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    Wow these fajitas look so healthy and fresh! We just made these this past weekend. Your photos are awesome as always!!!

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    MandyM — January 20, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    I love fajita’s but I have yet to actually make them from scratch. I’ve been using a bought fajita spice mix *hangs head in shame*

    This marinade easy to whip together so I don’t really have an excuse anymore!

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    Sara — January 20, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    These look so good. I love all the colorful vegetables in the mix and the lime in the marinade! We often just make fajitas with a vegetable medley, but I’ll have to give this a try as well.

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    UrMomCooks — January 20, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    This looks so inviting and delicious!!! Another way to eat chicken is always good! And the guacamole is a must!

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    Mary — January 20, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    What a gorgeous meal. The tip about marination is being taken to heart and I’ll use this recipe the next time I make fajitas. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    briarrose — January 20, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    Wonderful dinner recipe. These look delicious. You just can’t get enough easy to fix meals. ;)

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    Baking Serendipity — January 20, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    I love fajitas! I’ll definitely have to try this recipe…the beer sounds like a fantastic marinade!

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    Radhika @ foodfor7stages — January 20, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    Your ingredient list just says how yummy this Fajitas should be.

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    Angela — January 21, 2011 @ 12:24 am

    When the first ingredient is alcohol, you know you have a good recipe on your hands!

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    lena — January 21, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    not familiar with the mexicanbeer but this looks so inviting

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    Honey — January 21, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    These looks so healthy and delicious. I love chicken fajitas. I’m glad this is a CookingLight recipe – they are always better for you and low in fat. Nice job!

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    Livin' in the Kitchen — January 21, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    Gosh! Those look awesome! Mexican food is one of my favorite kinds of food too! I can’t drink beer quite yet but I’m not too sure anything will ever be able to replace horchata in my book. That stuff is absolutely amazing.
    Thanks for posting, awesome as always!
    Jess : )

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