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Chicken Fajitas

February 6, 2013 2 Comments

Happy New Year to all my beautiful foodie peeps… it has been a while between meals hasn’t it? I find the silly season always takes it out of me somewhat and even though I try to act like some sort of superwoman and do 101 things leading up to the Christmas and the New Year period I fall way short. Life has really changed and evolved during the Christmas season now that I have 2 kids. The priority is all about them naturally, it makes it so rich and rewarding. My oldest performed in her first kinder nativity play. VERY CUTE… she played a cat, yes that’s right, a cat. Apparently cats where part of the nativity and so where dogs and mice :) made it all the more sweet I suppose. This year my family took a much deserved holiday to the Gold Coast and while we were in beautiful QLD we visited my husbands family.

During one of those visits we caught up with my husbands brother, his wife and kids. They also love spending time cooking some beautiful meals so it’s always nice to see what they have planed for our visits. They never disappoint! What I love about cooking in their home is that it is a really team effort, and I love this in families, everyone helping! How lovely it is to be able to create together the food we share.


They are, as most of us are, going through a love affair with Ms Nigella Lawson. How can you not love this womans charisma, spontaneity and expressiveness when it comes to food. So on their menu that night was Nigella’s Chicken Fajitas. My borther in law was at the stove, my sister in law preparing all the accompaniments and kids helping with that too. Busy setting the table, warming the tortillas, it was all happening. My appetite was building as I watched them and we talked about life, kids and Nigella’s new book ‘Nigellissima’ (which I will bring you some recipes form this year). So once we got back from our holiday it was not long after that I made this meal, which I salivate at the thought of because I really LOVE IT and it has now become a regular meal option at our family table. This fajita recipe is from ‘Nigella’s Kitchen’ cookbook. I have previously shared with you another great recipe from this book –>> Spanish chicken with chorizo and potatoes.

So without further salivation lets just get into it.



  • 2 skinless chicken breast fillets, preferably organic
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, or regular oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic flavored oil, plus 2 teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or regular olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled, halved and cut into thin half-moons
  • 8 soft flour tortillas
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded, cut into strips
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cored and seeded, cut into strips (I couldn’t get orange so I substituted for a green pepper)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and seeded, cut into strips

Optional accompaniments:

  • 1 cup grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or creme fraiche
  • 1 x can corn niblets, drained (or 2/3 cup drained canned corn)
  • 1 large avocado (or 2 small), finely diced and dressed with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Hot chili sauce, to serve, optional

My accompaniments of choice are grated cheddar cheese, lettuce and AVOCADO which is A MUST!!!!!!


How to

1. Over a shallow bowl, cut the chicken with a pair of scissors into thin, lengthways, 1/4 to 1/2-inch strips. Halve the long strips across to give 2 shorter strips (to echo the size of the bell pepper strips). Don’t get too hung up on precision, though; you’re just trying to cut the chicken into uniform shapes.

2. Add the oregano, cumin, salt, sugar, 1 tablespoon garlic flavored oil, and the lime juice to the chicken. Stir to combine and let marinate while you get on with the onions and bell peppers. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F if you wish to warm your tortillas.

3. Warm the peanut or olive oil in a large frying pan or wok and fry the onion slices over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

4. Spread the tortillas out on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven to warm. Note: You can also microwave most tortillas.

5. Add the bell pepper strips to the pan with the onion and cook for 10 minutes. When both the onions and peppers are tender, remove them to a bowl.

6. Warm the remaining 2 teaspoons garlic flavored oil in the pan over medium heat and add the chicken with its marinade. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Check that the chicken is piping hot and cooked through, then add the onions and bell peppers. Stir together, then transfer them to a serving dish.

7. Take the warmed tortillas out of the oven and put them on the table alongside the chicken mixture and all the other accoutrements. Wrap what you fancy in the tortillas and eat straightaway.


Tips from Nigella:
Make Ahead Note – The onion and bell peppers can be cut 1 day in advance. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The chicken can be cut 1 day in advance and tossed with the oregano, cumin and garlic flavored oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Add the lime juice and salt just before cooking.

Buon Appetito a tutti! 

Big love, The Foodie Goddess.. xx

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  • Jane

    Great blog post Emanuela….we are still having our love affair with Nigella. Have I told you about the breakfast bars I’ve been making from a recipe posted on Nigella’s FB site? They are basically muesli bars but I’ve been adding whatever healthy nuts and seeds I have in the cupboard…I also added a bit of golden syrup to mine as well as a bit of chopped choc pieces and they are very filling and delicious.

  • GourmetGetaway

    YUM!! This looks so healthy and delicious :) I love fajitas and thankfully so do the kids :) I hope you had a very happy Valentines Day and hubby spoiled you :)

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