I’ve never been a huge fan of “spice” but I do love flavor. My husband figured out how to make these killer chicken fajitas that I can’t seem to get enough of. We typically use bell peppers but for this particular time we used sweet Italian peppers instead. I’m not going to lie, I may be converted to preferring it with the sweet Italian peppers. They just seemed to be a little more flavorful (though I’ve heard often more expensive). My big hint/nudge/trick on this one is that the peppers (and/or onions) can be cut and frozen ahead of time. This means that when they are in season and half price or when you find a bag of them in the produce clearance that need to be used that day you can take them home, cut them up, and freeze them until you are ready to cook another day. Our local major grocery store normally sells a bell pepper for $1.00-$1.50 each but I can often find them in a 3 pack “on clearance” for $0.99. If I’m ever in the neighborhood of the Farmer’s Market they typically have them under a $1.00 each. In this case the reason we tried it with the sweet Italian peppers is because they were part of the bulk produce box we got from the coalition. Since we also buy our chicken when it’s on sale (roughly $0.99-$1.49/lb) it ends up being about $1.49 for 2 breasts. Average cost on this meal for us to feed a family of 4 is under $4.00 (including tortillas but excluding optional toppings) which is unheard of in this day and age.

pixlr_20160814085508675Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts (around 1 lb)
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic
  • 1 lb Bell Peppers or Sweet Italian Peppers (about 3 bell peppers)
  • 1 Onion
  • Tortillas (corn or flour)

    Optional

  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese
  • Tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Wash peppers and remove the seeds (easiest way is by cutting them in half)
  2. Cut peppers and onions into strips (based on preference, ours are typically 1/4 inch wide) and set aside
  3. Cut chicken into strips (again, based on preference)
  4. Combine chicken, Cumin, Salt, Sugar, Oregano, and Lime Juice in a bowl, mix well and let sit.
  5. Saute Garlic and Onions in a frying pan over medium heat until the edges of the onions start to brown
  6. Add chicken and continue to cook all ingredients
  7. If you like your peppers to be soft add them before the chicken is completely cooked, if you like them crispy wait until the chicken is cooked to just sear them
  8. Serve hot on tortillas with choice of toppings

Written by Krista

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