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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chicken Fajitas

We love to grill chicken fajitas.  I am still searching for THE marinade.  This might be it.  It had great flavors and the chicken stayed really juicy.  The original recipe calls for chicken and beef.  We didn't have any flank steak, so we just did the chicken.  We will most definitely be trying this with either flank steak or skirt steak very soon.  I couldn't stop eating this chicken.  We had enough leftovers for lunch the next day, and the chicken was just as flavorful as it was the night before.  This is a really good Tex-Mex chicken.   I think it would be great in any Mexican/Southwestern casserole, like King Ranch Chicken or Rotel Chicken Spaghetti.

Beef & Chicken Fajitas
Southern Living
(Printable Recipe)

1/2 cup bottled Italian dressing
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp chipotle seasoning
3 skinned and boned chicken breasts (about 2 lb.)
1 (2-lb.) flank steak

Whisk together first 8 ingredients. Pour half of marinade into a large zip-top plastic freezer bag, and add chicken breasts; seal bag. Repeat procedure with remaining marinade and flank steak. Chill 2 hours. (I prepare this marinade at night and let it sit in the fridge all day)

Grill chicken and steak at the same time. Grill steak, covered with grill lid, 10 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness; grill chicken, covered with grill lid, 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until done.

Remove from grill, and let stand 10 minutes. Cut steak and chicken diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick strips.

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  1. We like to marinade in just the Italian Dressing and I can believe using it as a base with the other additions would be delicious.

  2. I love the picture of the chicken! Looks soo good! I love good fajitas! My favorite Fajitas are the ones from 'Chilis' restaurant! They are awesome : )

  3. Your photo is mouthwatering. I read this post about an hour ago, and my chicken is already marinating. Can I just tell you how amazing the marinade smells?! I used Kraft Zesty Italian dressing, and it smells amazing. Can't wait for dinner! Thanks Steph.

  4. Steph! This was awesome. I even slighty overcooked the chicken (long story) and I am adopting this recipe as a new favorite. I only used it on chicken and just made some tacos from it. My kids loved them! This marinade gave the meat a sweet and smoky taste and it wasn't too spicy for the kids but it was packed with flavor!

  5. Lilianna Grace - YEA!! I am so glad it was a hit! I love the flavor of the marinade and how easy it is to make.

  6. Fajitas are my favorites, I swear I could eat them twice a week.

  7. I think we are going to have to bust out the grill this weekend.

  8. One of the first recipes I learned on the grill involed marinating chicken in Italian Dressing. This recipe sounds like a great combo of flavors.

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  10. 1/2 tsp of brown sugar - really? is that all?

  11. Best homemade fajitas I've ever had! Thank you!! :)


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