Baked Chicken Fajitas: Spice Up Your Life!

I can’t get ENOUGH of spicy, Latin American inspired dishes.  My stomach on the other hand isn’t always happy when my palate craves foods like these.  I have toned down this recipe in the spice department and added some other savory flavors to substitute.  Below there are three recipes:  the fajitas, home made salsa, and my to-die-for-guacamole.  The last two recipes require a food processor.  If you don’t have one, they seriously cut down sooooo much prep time and leave more room for you to do…..anything really.  Like stuff your face with the fajitas.  For real.

Making your own guacamole and salsas let you control the salt content and other additives.  Plus, in the summer and fall you may have a lot of the ingredients on hand from your own garden in which you control the amount of chemical interference with your harvest.  Guacamole is a great way to ingest the Super Food Avocado.  These beauties bring some buttery-ness to the table and contain great fats.  Tomatoes do have a high acidity content, so use them sparingly if you have a troublesome tummy like me.  I could seriously eat tomatoes with salt and munch on them like an apple.  Salsa is a great way to incorporate this favorite veggie of mine but in a small dose.

fajita

What You Will Need:

     For fajitas: 

  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • 1lb. lean chicken meat
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (lower sodium available)
  • 1/2 Spanish or white onion
  • 2 tablespoons of oil of your choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • pinch of parsley
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  • glass baking dish or baking sheet

What You Need To Do:

  1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees.
  2. Mix oil with seasonings in a small dish.  Drizzle it over the chicken and veggies in the baking dish.
  3. Toss well.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or desired tenderness of veggies.
  5. Serve in a warmed tortilla shell.
  6. Serve with shredded cheese and/or brown rice (optional).
  7. Scoop some sour cream on there as well.  It actually helps promote digestion with its cultures.  Or, use plain Greek yogurt as a substitute!

What You Will Need:

     For guacamole:

  • 3-4 ripe avocados
  • 1 jalapeno diced and seeded (optional:  leave it out if you have a troublesome tummy)
  • 1/2 red onion cut into strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro or parsley (cilantro for traditional taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • squeeze of a lime

What You Need To Do:

  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and mix to desired texture.
  2. That’s really all there is to it.  If you don’t have a food processor, you can still do this recipe by hand…like, literally use your hands to smash the avocados.  Dice the onion and other ingredients well and stir in.

guac

What You Will Need:

     For salsa:

  • ***Note:  Salsa can be played with A LOT to find your preference of heat, sweetness, or textures.  Below is just a very basic garden salsa that I like to describe as just FRESH.
  • 5-6 ripe tomatoes
  • 1/4 green or red bell pepper
  • 1/4 red onion cut into strips
  • 1 jalapeno (optional as always)
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro
  • pinch of oregano
  • pinch of pepper
  • pinch of salt

What You Need To Do:

  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and mix to desired texture.  I hit the mix button quickly just to get it chunky.

And there you have it!  You’ve got some heart healthy fajitas with delicious homemade toppings to add.  Quick, easy, and healthy for your whole family.

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