Chicken fajitas (chicken fahitas) recipe

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Chicken fajitas (or fahitas) is one of the most famous Mexican dishes. Chicken breast is marinated for several hours in lime juice, vegetable oil, herbs and spices, then cooked in a skillet with onions and bell peppers and served with flour tortillas and Mexican condiments such as guacamole sauce, salsa and more.
Preparation time: 20 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes, Serves: 4 


1 lb chicken breasts, cut into thin stripes

For the chicken marinade
1/2 cup vegetable oil
The juice from 2 small limes (or 1 small onion)
1 - 2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp paprica powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp mild chili powder (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp salt

3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 medium orange bell pepper, cut into strips
1 large onion, cut into rings

12 flour tortillas


In a mixing bowl add the chicken, vegetable oil, minced garlic, paprica, chili, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt and  lime juice. Mix well using your hands or a spoon until all ingredients have been combined and the chicken is covered in the marinate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours or more (the longer time the better).

Remove the chicken from the marinate and drain from any juices.

In a large heavy skillet or frying pan over medium high heat add the 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and heat. Add the chicken in batches and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

In the same frying pan add the bell peppers and onion and cook until the vegetables start to soften. Do not overcook the vegetables; they have to be a bit crisp.

Combine chicken with the cooked vegetables in a serving dish. Serve with warm tortillas, guacamole, salsa, shredded lettuce, grated cheese, sour cream, or any other Mexican condiment you prefer.

Notes and tips

To warm up the tortillas, wrap them in aluminum foil and bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes or place them in a microwave oven at highest setting for about 20 seconds each.
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