Friday, March 20, 2009

Sizzlin' Fajitas

I am coming to realize that I basically cook on the level of someone like Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee. I rely on super market staples like sauces and mixes, however let's spin that as a benefit for you the READER because it means my recipes are freaking easy! I will never have a recipe that calls for cool whip though. I PROMISE.

I was at Joe's American Bar and grill, a swanky one (if such a thing is possible). I define swanky as they had white linens on the table, formally dressed waiters and candles on the table. Someone ordered SIZZLIN' Fajitas. The waiter brought it out and it was LOUD. I decided that ordering fajitas in a restaurant other than chili's or some kind of Mexican place is very obnoxious and the orderer only does it to draw attention to them self. The entire room hears the loud spitting sound (probably just from our mammalian instincts to avoid things that will burn us) and their eyes follow the waiter to the table, and there is the douche who ordered it. Looking all self-satisfied. "Yes it was me. I am the douche who disturbed your dinner to announce to the restaurant I'M HAVIN' A SIZZLIN' FAJITA".

Ok but maybe that's just me.


I heated a large pan and coated the bottom with a little oil, then I dumped in some of the fajita sauce (I used World Harbors, but feel free to take a stab at making your own or using any other sauce). Then I added the strips of chicken. You want to have enough sauce so that the chicken is sitting in a bath of sauce, and the sauce is helping cook the chicken. There is probably some word for this process but I don't know what it is. You slowly cook the chicken like this, if the sauce levels go down either add more sauce or some water. This should result in the chicken being very tender and juicy! When it was done, I took it off the heat and put it aside. Then I cut them into small bite sized pieces.

Cut the peppers and onion into nice little wedges so that they will cook quickly. Using a fresh pan heat it with a little bit of the sauce and some water. I salted and peppered the vegetables at this point. So you aren't exactly frying the peppers and onions, it's more like you're steaming/boiling them. You could fry them but I just chose to do it this way. When they are soft and all the water has boiled down reincorporate the chicken. Stir it in, and maybe add some more sauce. (Keep in mind that the sauce I used probably had a ton of sugar in it. If you are trying to lose weight or are diabetic you might want to substitute it.)

The fajitas are basically in your hands now to customize. I took a whole wheat tortilla, threw in some shredded cheddar and then put in the fajita mixture. You could add sour cream, guacamole, rice or beans to make it more like a burrito. Also you could always substitute the chicken with pork, beef or tofu. Or just eat the mixture over rice. This is an EASY customizable meal, that is great for a party too.

  • 1lb Chicken tenders (cut of chicken, not breaded chicken)
  • 1 bottle of Fajita sauce (or chipotle sauce, hot sauce, or marinade of your choice)
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 Large Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper
  • Optional - 1 Jalapeno pepper (or hotter!)
  • 1 package of whole wheat or white corn tortillas
  • Optional - 1 small package of shredded chedder cheese
This should feed 2-3 with leftovers.

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