Friday, April 12, 2013

Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Fajitas

The name says it all!  These were easy, healthy, and delicious!  No seasoning packets, just fresh ingredients and the oven does all the work.  Less than 15 minutes prep and you are ready to go!   The chicken was so good, even the baby girl was gobbling it up. 

I served the chicken fajita filling with brown rice, black beans, homemade guacamole and roasted brussel sprouts.  (To make a quick homemade guacamole, just mix two ripe hass avocados with the juice of 1/2 lime and salt to taste - super easy and really yummy!) You can make fajitas in a whole grain tortilla, or build fajita bowls with beans and rice like my husband and I did.  My toddler had a chicken "Taco" (no peppers and onions for him) with a giant bowl of brown rice and beans - his favorite!  I bought a can of cuban style black beans, all ready to go - check the ingredient list and make sure your can has nothing you can't pronounce.  You will LOVE this recipe!

Happy Cooking!

Easy Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas
Sarah's original recipe inspired by 
1.5 lbs or about 2 large boneless, skinless, chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
1 red pepper, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced (or enough to make the amount of peppers and onions about the same)
2 T olive oil
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
assorted toppings such as salsa, reduced-fat shredded cheese, lettuce, reduced-fat sour cream, guacamole
whole grain tortillas or rice & beans for serving

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.  Place the cut up chicken in the pan and sprinkle all the seasonings on top. 
Toss the chicken together with the seasonings.  (I hate touching raw meat, especially raw chicken, so I use disposable medical gloves - the kinds you can get at any pharmacy.  Now I can touch the meat and then throw the gloves away.)  Set aside.

Slice the peppers and onions and place in the pan.  Toss with the chicken until well combined.
Try to cut up equal amounts of pepper and onion.
Ready to go in the oven!
Bake the chicken fajita filling for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through, stirring every 10-15 minutes.  The cooking time will vary slightly, depending on the size of the chicken pieces.

Serve immediately!  Yummy!!!
Serve with your favorite vegetable on the side, tonight it was brussel sprouts.

And if you would prefer to have a fajita bowl over a wrap, then layer the brown rice, black beans, and chicken mixture.  Top with your favorite toppings (cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, etc) and serve!  Enjoy!!!

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