Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chicken Fajitas Warm Salad

I got this Chicken Fajitas recipe from Taste of Home magazine a long, long time ago.  I started making it into a salad when a local Mexican restaurant had a Warm Chicken Fajitas Salad on their menu.  It is such a fabulous way to eat fajitas.  So yummy - I crave it like crazy. 


1/2 C. Cooking Oil
1/2 C. Vinegar
8 Cloves of Garlic, minced
4 tsp. Dried Oregano
4 tsp. Seasoned Salt
2 tsp. Cumin
The juice squeezed from a 4 oz. can of green chilies


2-4 Large Chicken Breasts, skinned, de-boned, 
        and cut into thin strips
1 Red Sweet Pepper
1 Green Pepper
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Red Onion
 (all veggies are cut into strips)
1-2 Tbs. Oil


Lettuce, torn into pieces
1-2 Avocadoes, cut into pieces
Tomatoes, cut into wedges
The can of green chilies that was previously drained
Colby-Jack Cheese, shredded
Corn Chips, strips or crushed
Sour Cream, optional

In a large mixing bowl combine the marinade ingredients; mix well.  Set half aside to be used as a dressing for the salad.  Put the chicken in a bowl, and the veggies in a second bowl.  Pour some of the marinade over each, and stir.  Cover and marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature, or in the refrigerator for 2-24 hours.

Drain the vegetables and the chicken.  (Veggie marinade can be used again, but the chicken marinade should be thrown away.)  Add 1 Tbs. Oil to a large skillet and heat.  Cook and stir the vegetables about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Remove the veggies from the skillet and set aside.

Add 1-2 Tbs. Oil to the skillet and cook/stir chicken (half at a time) over high heat, about 3 minutes or until no longer pink.

Return all veggies and chicken to the skillet; heat through.

In a large bowl, mix the lettuce, avocados, tomatoes, and green chilies.  Top the salad with the cooked chicken and peppers and toss.  Drizzle some of the marinade over the salad, but taste test as the marinade can be salty.  Top with shredded cheese (I go slight), corn chips, and 2 Tbs. salsa.  Give a quick toss before serving family style.  You can serve buffet style, but the salad tastes better when the different flavors have a chance to meld. 

If you just want the fajitas, stack 16 flour tortillas in foil and heat in a 350* oven for 10 minutes while you are cooking the veggies and chicken.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.  
It is really delish!


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