Fajita Fun

Friday, 5 April 2013

We all have that speciality dish we rustle up when we have guests, don't we? Ladies and gentlemen...let me introduce you to the world of fajitas.

This is one of my all time favourite, if not my favourite meal. Some (like my nan) argue that it's not a 'proper meal' and refer to it as more of a lunch or an appetiser. No disrespect nanny Jean, but you are soooo wrong.

If you're a student, you'll love this meal, if you're a mum with hungry mouths to feed, you'll love this meal and if you're a full time employee rushed off your feet wanting a quick and easy recipe to whip up just in time for when your other half gets home - then you will also love this meal.

Fajitas are a Mexican cuisine, but considering my spice meter doesn't surpass the lemon and herb option at Nando's, I tend to try and add an English twist and keep it to the minimal spice level possible. But fear not, if you like your tongue to tingle then you can add as many spices as you like to achieve the perfect fiery flavour.

Fussy eaters tend to be another problem when trying to find a meal to suit everyone, but as long as you like chicken, and you like wraps, which are common popular foods, then you're good to go. I always use peppers in my recipe but you can cook with onions, tomatoes or whatever vegetables you fancy adding to your fajita mix.

If you are like me and you like to keep things simple, then follow this recipe and you'll be commended on your fajita dish in no time. My friends and family have all adopted my fajita's and I always receive the 'your fajita's are so good' compliment from everyone I cook them for - and I mean everyone.

So, here goes...

Serves 2, makes about 5-6 wraps depending on how much you fill them.
2 is always enough for me, and men usually eat around 3.
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 peppers (I tend to go for red and orange so take your pick)
  • White onion
  • 1 packet of tortilla wraps (I use Mission Deli)
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Chicken seasoning (I use Schwartz)
  • Mayonaise
  • Oil
You might like to use sour cream and salsa for a bit more flavour, but I'm more than happy with just using mayonaise.


  • Dice the 2 chicken breasts into small chunks, or slice into strips if you prefer
  • Cut the 2 peppers into small pieces, or again, strips if you prefer
  • Slice a quarter or half of a white onion
  • Place the pan on the hob, pour a small amount of oil in and move it around so it covers the entire pan
  • Sprinkle some mixed herbs and chicken seasoning into the pan and let it heat for about 30 seconds
  • Put the chicken in the pan and keep turning it over so it seals and turns white
  • Once white, throw in the peppers
  • Make sure you stir regularly to avoid the chicken burning or sticking to the pan
  • Add more chicken seasoning and herbs if necessary
  • Add the onions after about 5 minutes, they'll burn if you add them too early
  • The chicken, peppers and onions will be cooked in about 7/8 minutes
  • Empty contents into a bowl
  • Heat your wraps in the microwave for 30 seconds while you lay the table
  • Spread a spoonful of mayo over the wrap
  • Take a few spoonfuls of fajita mix and place in the middle of the wrap
  • Fold your wrap however you like, there are so many variations just make sure it doesn't fall out the bottom

Most importantly - enjoy!

The great thing about this recipe is that the prep and cook time takes around 15-20 minutes max. There's no faffing about and you can even prepare the chicken and peppers the night or morning before so all you need to do is chuck it in the pan when you're ready to cook.

Have you ever made fajitas before? What's your recipe?

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