Steak might get most of the sizzle when it comes to the subject of fajitas, but the world's poultry fans love the chicken version of this crazy popular dish. Like its beefy cousin, chicken fajitas are extra magical if you follow a few simple rules. We're breaking it down, and also including a whole bunch of our top-rated chicken fajita recipes.
Marinate the Meat
Infuse those brilliant flavors into the blank canvas that is strips of white meat. Even a 10-minute soak in the seasoning works wonders. Before searing the meat in the skillet, be sure and dab off excess moisture with paper towels. That helps the chicken get that golden crust that makes fajitas so crave-worthy.
Try These Recipes:
- Easy Chicken Fajita Marinade
- Fajita Marinade III
- Tangy Chicken Fajitas
- Garlic Onion Chicken Fajitas with Lime
Scoring the Perfect Sear
Whether you're cooking chicken fajitas on the grill or the stove top, hitting the proper temp is essential for juicy, tender meat with the right amount of char. If cooking a whole chicken pieces, it's best to start in a fiery hot pan or grill to achieve the most flavorful meat, but then turning down the heat after flipping it when the first side turns golden, so it cooks through a little more slowly on the second side. Cooking strips goes more quickly, as long as you remember not to crowd the pan. After cooking, let the whole pieces rest for five minutes before carving and serving.
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The Supporting Cast
The sauteed veggies are nearly as important as the star attraction, so take a few minutes to do them up right. Thinly slice red, green, yellow and orange bell peppers (either one or a mix of any of those) and sweet onions. Because those cook at different rates, you could fry them separately, say, the onions followed by the peppers and then mix those together before serving. Or, start with the onions and add the peppers after a few minutes. Again, don't crowd the pan, or those veggies won't caramelize. Warm the flour tortillas, and serve everything family style. Don't forget the guacamole.
More Top-Rated Chicken Fajita Recipes:
- Spicy Chicken Fajitas
- Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
- Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad
- Chicken and Bacon Fajitas
- Fabulous Fajitas