My go-to meal whether for weeknight dinner or to feed a crowd has always been some form of chicken fajitas. It’s packed with taste, really colorful, and everyone loves it!
Some of my must-have spices when making the peppers and onions include: garlic powder, salt, fresh ground pepper, a pinch of chili powder, and cumin. *If you aren’t throwing onions in there with the peppers make sure to add onion powder. I use olive oil to sauté the bell peppers, but you can use canola if you prefer. First I will heat the oil in the pan at medium heat, and then add the onions to let them cook down a little because I like them more caramelized. Then I will add in the peppers at medium-high heat to give them a charred edge.
For the chicken in this recipe, we used bone-in thighs and grilled them, but you can also use a boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs. When I go that route I cut them into strips and marinate them in Penzey’s fajita seasoning with EV olive oil and lime juice about 30 minutes prior to cooking it in a pan on the stove. With the bone-in thighs we brushed them with the Penzey’s spice and some oil and threw them on the grill.
When I make brown rice, I like to use chicken broth or a bullion cube instead of just water. It adds so much flavor to the rice and compliments a chicken dish very well (likewise, if it’s a beef dish you can use beef broth). You really just substitute the exact amount of broth for water, following the recipe. We never use quick 5 min rice, I just don’t like it, so this meal takes a little longer to cook as the brown rice can take 45 minutes to cook. BUT so worth it! You can use regular white enriched rice and cut the time in half if you so choose. We definitely decide based on how hungry we are and how long we can wait to eat! I did not really take pictures of the rice cooking because, it’s just not that interesting. You can use your imagination 😀
If you really want to get fancy, you can make some homemade guacamole for the side! When it comes to my homemade guac I keep it really simple..For 1 large avocado I add: juice from 1/2 lime, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, (I go heavy on some fresh cilantro) but you can use 1/2 tsp dry, and salt and pepper to taste. If you love tomato and raw onion, you can add it chopped but I am not a huge fan so we keep it simple. *I stir mine with a fork to get it really mixed in.
ENJOY! If you try it, feel free to comment!