The last time we ate fajitas at home was almost 5 years ago. It came out of box. They were basically 10 rather small tortillas, some mushy salsa and fajita seasoning mix. We had to buy our own chicken, capsicums,onion and now that I think about it…..I might as well buy my own spices to make the seasoning and vegetables for the salsa!
It took me 5 years to finally see the point but it’s okay, better late than never. I’ve finally made the fresh salsa from scratch, which was unbelievably easy and now, I’m going to blog about making the chicken using home-mixed seasonings….no preservatives, no chemicals, no colourings!
For the marinade:
- 300 grams of chicken fillet, cut into strips
- 1 tablespoon of chilli powder
- 1 tablespoon of paprika powder
- 2 tablespoon of oil
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
For the vegetables:
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 red or green capsicum, julienned (I actually used 4 large chillies cut into large strips because I didn’t have capsicums, they worked brilliantly!!)
- 4 stalks of celeries, chopped
Here we go!
# – First, mix the chilli powder, paprika powder, sugar & oil together, then top off with the juice & zest of 1 lemon. Mix thoroughly.
# – Then, put the chicken fillet strips into the mixture. Make sure all the strips are well coated. Leave in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
# – After 1-2 hours, heat up a well-greased griddle. Grill the chicken strips for 2-3 minutes on 1 side depending on thickness. Remember to keep the marinade!
# – Flip the strips to cook the other sides.
# – After they’re cooked, set aside.
# – On the same griddle, throw in the onions and capsicums (I used large chillies). Then mix the leftover marinade with about 10 tablespoons of water and pour it over. Also, throw in a pinch of salt. Mix thoroughly.
# – Next, add the celeries. Mix thoroughly.
# – Let them cook for about 5 minutes. Actually, just use your gut feelings, you will know when it’s cooked! :D
# – Lay the vegetables over the chicken strips cooked earlier. The fajitas are DONE!
# – Serve with warmed tortillas, plain yogurt and home-made salsa.
# – Pile them all up on a tortilla….
# – Roll it up…
# – Eat!!! The chicken is tender on the inside and the outside crispy and flavourful. The salsa, onions, celeries and chillies all contributed great flavours and a nice crunch! You can put some grated cheese too and use sour cream instead of yogurt, but we were feeling healthy :D
And there……a healthy, tasty, home-made chicken fajitas meal with no preservatives or overpriced “seasoning”. The only thing store bought were the tortillas and plain yogurt. Pretty sure this will be a big hit at parties too!