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Chicken Fajitas

Photo: John Autry
Total time 1 hr, 32 mins
Yield

4 servings

These chicken fajitas get their flavor from a homemade marinade featuring dark Mexican beer, soy sauce, lime juice, oil, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic.  They can be prepared on the stovetop with a grill pan as directed, or outside over a charcoal or gas grill. 

A marinade of dark Mexican beer (like Negra Modelo), soy sauce, and fresh lime juice gives these Chicken Fajitas a fresh kick of flavor. Dark Mexican beer is especially great in this marinade because it turns sweet and molasses-y when cooked. Chicken doesn't need a long marinade to soak up the flavors, so let the strips of chicken sit for an hour while you prepare the rest of your meal.

These healthy chicken fajitas can be prepared on the stovetop with a grill pan as directed, or outside over a charcoal or gas grill. If you've got the grill going, throw on some vegetables and a few ears of corn to complete your meal. Serve with flour tortillas, sautéed peppers and onions, and sliced jalapeño peppers.

 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dark Mexican beer
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut across grain into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Reduced-fat sour cream (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 377
  • Fat 9.4 g
  • Satfat 1.5 g
  • Monofat 4.7 g
  • Polyfat 2.3 g
  • Protein 31.6 g
  • Carbohydrate 39.8 g
  • Fiber 4.3 g
  • Cholesterol 66 mg
  • Iron 1.9 mg
  • Sodium 668 mg
  • Calcium 67 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients, stirring well. Place chicken in a zip-top plastic bag. Add 3/4 cup beer mixture to bag; seal. Reserve remaining beer mixture. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour, turning occasionally. Combine onion, bell peppers, and remaining beer mixture in a zip-top plastic bag, and seal. Marinate for 1 hour at room temperature.

  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and black pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook for 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Remove onion and bell peppers from bag, and discard marinade. Add onion mixture to pan; cook for 6 minutes or until tender, turning after 3 minutes. Toast tortillas in pan, if desired. Place 2 tortillas on each of 4 plates, and divide chicken mixture evenly among tortillas. Divide onion mixture evenly among servings. Garnish with jalapeño slices. Serve with salsa, sour cream, and cilantro, if desired.