Chicken Fajitas

Mexican food is really successful in England – there are lots of chain restaurants where you can go and get really good food, but often it is quite expensive. It is much more cost effective to make them at home, and I found that we had most of the ingredients at home anyway – you can buy spice mixes in the supermarket (which may be cheaper if you don’t have all the necessary spices at home), but I preferred to mix the spices myself – that way you can adjust the tastes to your liking. I usually find the packet mixes too spicy, and this way I could add as much chilli as I could handle! Feel free to add more if you want more of a kick. Beef, pork or turkey would also work just as well as chicken – if you decide to use beef then I’d shorten the cooking time by about three minutes, otherwise it could end up being tough and chewy. I’ve said this serves two, but if you’re having a proper Mexican night with tacos and chilli con carne as well then it would easily serve four. ¡Que aproveche!

Serves 2

2 chicken breasts
2 peppers
1 onion
3 tbsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp ground coriander
2 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp lime juice
1 clove garlic
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
4 large tortilla wraps
100g grated Cheddar

We also had guacamole, sour cream, salsa, refried beans and wedges.

1. Mix all the spices, flour, salt and sugar together in a bowl and crush the garlic clove. Add the lime juice, water, and 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Cut the chicken into thin strips and put into the bowl, mixing well to ensure the chicken is completely coated. Cover with cling film and leave for around half an hour.IMG_5615IMG_56162. Peel the onion and remove the seeds from the peppers and cut them both into strips.IMG_5618  3. In a large frying pan, heat the remaning oil. Add the onions and peppers and fry for around 7 minutes, until soft. At this point you could add some more spices, like paprika or cayenne pepper.
4. When the vegetables have softened, add the chicken (with all the contents of the bowl, water included), and fry off for another 7 minutes. The water should evaporate and leave the chicken and vegetables nice and moist.

5. Heat the wraps in the microwave and assemble your fajitas, sprinkling the cheese over the top. Enjoy!


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