It was just MDW ya’ll, so crazy to belive it already came and went! And I for one am there for all the… food, duh. For us this weekend usually kicks off the start of BBQ and grilling season and means winter is finally kicked to the curb (for good) and summer is on its way! This time of year we tend to use our grill for 70% of the cooking we do- but can you blame us? The grilling season is so short in northeast Ohio we have to milk it for all it’s worth!
But on days where our meals are made indoors I opt for quick and easy so I don’t have to spend a lot of time in front of my stove. Enter one pan meals. It doesn’t get any faster or easier. I repeat: fast, easy, minor cleanup! Now that is some summertime winning if you ask me. One of our favorites? One pan chicken fajitas.
It’s not a new meal idea by any means, I’m not exactly reinventing the wheel here. But it’s good, satisfying and makes clean up a snap so you can get back to having fun outdoors. Pair it with some fresh avocado, salsa and a refreshing beer and you’re good to go.
One Pan Chicken Fajitas Recipe:
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yields: 4 servings (3 fajitas each)
-3 skinless boneless chicken breasts (or sub chicken thighs for added flavor)
-1/2 each: green, red, orange pepper sliced to 1/2 inch thick pieces (or 2 full peppers)
-1/2 sweet yellow onion sliced into 1/2 inch thick pieces
-2 cloves garlicminced
-juice of 1/2 lime
-2 tbsp. olive oil
-2-3 tbsp. fajita seasoning (either home made or store bought)
Fajita seasoning recipe:
-2 tbsp. chili powder
-1 tbsp. smoked paprika
-1 tsp. onion powder
-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
-1/2 tsp. cumin
-1/2 tsp. dried cilantro
-1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
-1 tsp. brown sugar
-1/2 tsp. salt
I like to prep my chicken a little early to let it “marinate” a few hours in 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1.5 tbsp. fajita seasoning rubbed in and about half the lime juice. Then preheat oven to 375 and prepare your baking dish. I prefer to use a Le Creuset dish to keep the chicken moist, if you use a glass one be sure to keep a mindful eye on your chicken. Next mix up your seasoning and cut your vegetables. Add the veggies to your prepared dish and add remaining lime juice, garlic, olive oil and 1 tbsp of seasoning and toss to coat evenly. Place your chicken (do not slice) on top and throw into oven for 30-35 minutes. I like to check mine at the 20 minute mark or so and give everything a slight stir. Once chicken is cooked through and juices run clear, remove the pan from the oven, slice your chicken and some fresh avocado. Grab some salsa, heat up the tortillas and serve alongside an icy cold beer. Mmmm.
Happy summer cookin’ darlings! Have a great weekend. xo, jules