Make dinner sizzle with homemade chicken fajitas!
In small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt. Place chicken cutlets on plate. Pat chicken cutlets dry with paper towels. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over both sides of chicken cutlets. Wash your hands.
In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute (oil should be hot but not smoking). Carefully add chicken cutlets to skillet and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Use tongs to flip chicken cutlets. Cook until second side is browned and chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Turn off heat and slide skillet to cool burner.
Use clean tongs to transfer chicken cutlets to cutting board. Cover chicken cutlets with aluminum foil.
Add bell pepper, onion, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil to now-empty skillet. Use wooden spoon to stir to combine. Cover and cook over medium heat until vegetables are brown on bottoms, about 4 minutes. Use oven mitts to carefully remove lid. Use wooden spoon to stir vegetables, then cook until vegetables are soft and spotty brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off heat and slide skillet to cool burner.
Stir cilantro and lime juice into vegetables in skillet. Transfer vegetables to serving platter.
Stack tortillas on microwave-safe plate, cover with damp dish towel, and heat in microwave until warm, about 30 seconds.
Fajitas (“fah-HEE-tas”) are a type of Tex-Mex food. Tex-Mex is short for Texan-Mexican. Tex-Mex food started with people of Mexican heritage who lived in Texas in the mid-1800s and people living in northern Mexico near the Texas border.
Fajitas are one example of a Tex-Mex dish. They were likely invented by cowboys of Mexican heritage who grilled skirt steaks over open fires and then ate the steaks, sliced, inside flour tortillas.
Steak fajitas became popular in Texas restaurants around the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s and ’90s that fajitas appeared on restaurant menus across the United States. That was when chefs decided to substitute other fillings for the more expensive skirt steak, such as chicken, shrimp, and even vegetables! What’s your favorite fajita?
Follow these three easy steps to prep bell peppers:
Follow these two easy steps to slice onions: