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::cooking for two:: Chicken Fajitas

For me, the first real signs of Summer completely change my attitude about food.  I’m still always hungry, but I start always wanting to eat outside and never wanting to cook.  It’s really one of those things that is not going to be remedied until I have a big airy kitchen with a patio off it where we can have a grill and a dinner table. This is the true downfall to apartment living.  We have taken our food outside to eat before, but it has really just been to satisfy me.  It makes the hallway seem so long and the stairwell seem so dark and musty.

I guess what I am trying to say is that when summer begins, a meal needs to be quick and easy and make me feel like I am eating outside, even if it’s just that the windows are open.  These super simple fajitas definitely do the trick, having very little preparation needed.  They are also great to cure some winter blues. Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen’s Cooking For Two these fajitas had juicy chicken and were full of flavor.

What You Need
Step One

2 boneless chicken breasts
salt & pepper
1 Tbsp canola oil
Step Two
bell pepper, 1/2″ strips
small red onion, sliced thin
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
Step Three
1 lime, juiced (or about 2 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1Tbsp canola oil
Step Four
6, 6″ flour tortillas

Heat oven to 200F.  Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.  Over medium high heat, heat the oil in a 10″ skillet until just smoking and then carefully add the chicken to the pan.  Cook until well browned on each side and 165F at its thickest point.  This should take about 7 minutes per side, depending on the size of the breasts.  Once cooked through, transfer to an oven safe plate, tent with foil, and place in warm oven.

Reduce the skillet heat to medium and add all step two ingredients.  Cook until softened  (~6 min).  While the peppers and onions are cooking, in a medium bowl, whisk together all step three ingredients.  Slice the chicken into 1/4″ pieces and mix into lime mixture.  Everything can sit for a minute while you warm the tortillas and then you and your other half can prepare your fajitas with whatever topping you would like (salsa, avocado, sour cream, cheese… you get the idea).

*Warm Tortillas?  My preferred method of warming the tortillas is to toast them like I do for my enchiladas.  Move the cooked peppers and onion to a bowl and wash out the skillet.  Return the skillet to medium heat and place the tortillas in the skillet one at a time, heating both sides for just a few seconds.  It should slightly puff up on the second side when it it done.  Any leftover tortillas?  A perfect snack to finish them up, toast them, add lemon butter, and roll up.  Yum!

Serves: 2  Cost: ~$3/serving

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