Easy Chicken Fajitas

October 20, 2014


Today I’ve teamed up with 49 other bloggers to bring you 50 easy weeknight meals! I tell my husband all the time that the hardest part of making dinner is figuring out what to make. If I can get organized enough to make a meal plan, I’m golden. If life happens and a meal plan doesn’t, I spend more time staring into the fridge and scratching my head than I do actually making dinner. We are helping take the guesswork out of those busy weeknights! Scroll down after this recipe for quick & easy (and delish!) chicken fajitas to see some other fantastic ideas for easy meals!

Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • chili powder
  • chipotle chile pepper (powder)
  • cumin
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbsp honey 
  • tortillas (freshly cooked, if possible.  We buy the uncooked Tortilla Land tortillas from Costco)
  • tomato wedges
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 small onion, sliced into strips
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • avocado

Directions:

  1.  Heat coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Place chicken in hot skillet and sprinkle liberally with sea salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Sprinkle conservatively with the chipotle pepper powder and cumin.  (If you like more chipotle spice in your chicken, add more!)  My chicken ends up looking like this when I’ve sprinkled everything on.
{Note: I was cooking for two when I took this picture, so I don’t have 4 chicken thighs because I didn’t need that many.  This is two and a small piece.  It works the same for any amount of chicken…just adjust the lime and honey accordingly.}
  1. Once your chicken is starting to brown on the bottom, reduce heat to medium.  When the chicken has a nice brown color, turn to finish cooking.  Drizzle the honey and juice over the chicken.  (If you drizzle these over the spices, the spices will run off the chicken and into the pan.  I like to keep it on the chicken, so I wait until I’ve turned the chicken.)  
  2. While your chicken is cooking, slice the onion and peppers and saute in a small amount of coconut oil.  
  3. While the chicken and peppers & onions finish cooking, prepare your other toppings…shred the cheese, cut tomatoes, slice avocados, etc.
  4. When the chicken is cooked through (no longer pink in the middle, or an instant thermometer reads 165 degrees), remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes.  Slice into strips.
  5. To serve, place chicken and toppings in a tortilla.  Fold the sides up over toppings and enjoy!
*These fajitas are simple to make Whole 30 or Paleo compliant…just omit the cheese, sour cream and tortillas.  Make a fajita bowl instead of wrapping it in a tortilla!
*Someone made us that fabulous salsa in the picture.  She doesn’t have a recipe, but I’m trying to talk her into writing it down for me.  It’s divine!  Your favorite salsa will be perfect in these fajitas.
*I don’t measure out the honey, I just drizzle some on each piece of chicken until it seems right…which ends up being in the neighborhood of 1 tsp (maybe a little less) per thigh.
*You can easily substitute chicken breasts for thighs.  The breasts I buy are generally about twice the size of the thighs I buy, so I use half the number of breasts.  I like to cut my chicken breasts in half before I cook them by laying the chicken flat and keeping my knife blade parallel to the cutting surface.  Slice through the breast and you will end up with two pieces that are the same shape as the breast you started with…just half the thickness.


By Becky

Becky is a mom to 4 kiddos and wife to an awesome guy. She's a food fanatic and loves creating and improving recipes. Bread is her weakness and delicious food is her passion!