Chicken fajitas, guacamole and salsa
January 19, 2016

chicken fajitas

Serves 4


2 small red peppers
2 small red onions
1 x 200g higher-welfare skinless chicken breast
1 small pinch of ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
3 limes
olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
20 mixed-colour ripe cherry tomatoes
1 bunch of fresh coriander
1 ripe avocado
4 regular or 8 small wholemeal tortillas
25g Cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons natural yoghurt

To prepare your chicken and vegetables
• Deseed and cut the peppers into 1⁄2cm strips
• Peel and roughly slice the onions and add to a large mixing bowl with the sliced pepper
• Carefully slice the chicken lengthways into long strips, roughly the same size as the pepper
• Add the chicken to the bowl along with the cumin and paprika
• Using a clean chopping board and knife, cut the limes in half
• Squeeze the juice from half a lime over the chicken and vegetables
• Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the chicken, then mix well
• Season with black pepper, then toss together
• Put to one side to marinate for 5 minutes while you make your salsa

To make your salsa
• Deseed and finely chop the chilli
• Roughly chop 15 tomatoes
• Roughly chop half the coriander, stalks and all
• Scrape the chilli, tomatoes and coriander into a small bowl
• Season lightly with sea salt and black pepper
• Squeeze over the juice of half a lime
• Mix together, then have a taste and add a squeeze more lime juice, if you think it needs it

To cook your chicken and vegetables
• Put the griddle pan on a high heat to warm up
• Once hot, use tongs to carefully add all the pepper, onion, and chicken pieces
• Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the chicken is golden and cooked through – use the tongs to keep turning the pieces of chicken and vegetables over so they don’t burn

To make your guacamole
• Pick the remaining coriander leaves, discarding the stalks
• Squash and squeeze over the remaining cherry tomatoes
• Finely chop everything together along with the remaining chilli (if using)
• Halve and destone the avocado
• Squeeze the avocado flesh onto the board, discarding the skin
• Squeeze over the juice of half a lime
• Chop and mix everything together until really fine
• Have a taste and add a little more lime juice, if you think it needs

To build and serve your fajitas
• Warm the tortillas up in a microwave or a warm, dry medium frying pan, then divide them between your serving plates
• Squeeze the juice from two lime halves into the pan of chicken and veg
• Share the chicken and vegetables out between your tortillas
• Crumble over the cheese
• Serve with the yoghurt, salsa and guacamole in little bowls in the middle of the table so everyone can help themselves and wrap up their own fajita

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