week ten: chicken fajitas & salsa

There are SO many good things about this week that I don’t even know where to start!!! AH. Okay. First things first, if you’ve been following along since the beginning of my cooking journey, you are probably (too) aware of my seething hatred for chopping onions. But this week everything changed, *happy dance* all thanks to my wonderful, thoughtful, and hilarious mother who bought me a pair of ONION GOGGLES! Which are my new favorite invention ever on account of I was able to cut an onion free of tears and pain!!! LOL but really though, this was a major win and I just wore them for the rest of the night because they were so great and surprisingly comfortable! (don’t be fooled by their outward appearance) 😉

And now that I’ve gone on for far too long about the onion goggles, this week was also great because of the actual meal and how delicious it turned out!!!  It has taken its rightful place as my favorite meal that I’ve cooked thus far, hitting the sweet (or spicy) spot of being a “user-friendly” recipe, while also being just plain delicious!

*CHICKEN FAJITAS & SALSA*

Ingredients:

  • salsa
    • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
    • 2-3 large cloves of garlic
    • one batch of cilantro (top only)
    • one batch of green onions (tops only)
    • 1 large can of sliced olives (can also use part of a large can of whole olives)
    • 1/4-1/2 lemon squeezed in
    • 1 can sliced (or diced) jalapenos (add to taste)
    • 1-2 tsp salt (to taste)
    • 1 tsp pepper (to taste)
    • 2 tbsp chili powder
    • tortilla chips for dipping! 😉
  • chicken fajitas
    • 2 chicken breasts
    • 1 onion
    • 1 green pepper
    • water
    • olive oil
    • 1 packet of fajita seasoning
    • flour tortillas
    • avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese (toppings if you are so inclined) 🙂
    • 1 can of refried beans (if you so desire)

Prep:

  • defrost chicken
    • my mom thinks this step in the “prep” section of every blog might be a bit redundant/unnecessary/irrelevant, but I like it so here it stays 😉
  • get salsa ingredients ready
    • chop garlic
    • cut off bottoms of cilantro and green onions
  • get veggies ready for fajitas
    • cut pepper into slices
    • put on your onion goggles *YAY*
    • slice onion and then cut each slice into quarters
  • cut up chicken breasts into “good eating size” pieces

Instructions:

  • the salsa is super easy so I would start there.  Just put all of your ingredients into a blender/chopper/food processor and blend/chop/process until everything is all mixed in, looking like a delicious, somewhat smooth but also textured, SALSAA!
  • the chicken is also pretty simple since the recipe we followed is right on the cute little seasoning packet for you! 🙂
    • drizzle some olive oil into a frying pan and cook the onion and green pepper on medium high heat, until onion starts to look translucent
    • once veggies are browned, remove from the pan and place on the side for later
    • place chicken in frying pan and brown, stirring and making sure everything is cooking away!
    • once meat is browned, add in fajita seasoning and water, stir together
    • then add the veggies back in to the pan and cook together with chicken for a few more minutes
      • I’m pretty sure the heat is turned down at this point but I can’t remember exactly.  This is where our seasoning packet comes in for the win! lol
  • heat up your beans and get any toppings out that you want to add into your fajitas: shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, lettuce, etc.
    • you already have some bomb salsa to add woohoo!!!
  • while your meat is cooking, you can heat up your tortillas in some foil in the oven for about 10-15 minutes @ ~350 degrees

And there ya have it! DINNERRR! I may have just been really hungry this week, but let me tell you, everything worked so well together and I was one well-fed and happy chef!!! This meal will definitely be a repeat offender, planning on adding in a couple margaritas next time and it will be PERFECT!  Also shout out one last time to the onion goggles for being the real MVP of this week hahaha! ❤

XOXO

Cooking Carli

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