How to Make Chicken Fajitas With a Lime Cilantro Sauce

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There's nothing quite like the sound and smell of fresh, sizzling fajitas — and this recipe makes the finished plate even more exciting with a zesty lime cilantro marinade. First, whisk together the aforementioned flavors and let chicken breasts soak in the sauce. Then, grill the meat and an assortment of veggies to a slight crisp: it's a mouthwatering and healthy meal that can be whipped up in under an hour. Devour the fajitas alone, or roll the chicken and veggies up in a tortilla with a generous dollop of homemade guacamole. Either way, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a few sprigs of cilantro put the finishing touches on the feast.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
  • 1/2 cup lime juice, plus extra for garnish 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil 
  • 4 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4-5 tablespoons (about 1/4 cup) fresh cilantro, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander 
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded, de-veined then sliced into strips
  • 1 red onion, sliced 
  • Flour or corn tortillas 
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Step 1: Make the Marinade

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, brown sugar, garlic, cilantro, salt, cumin, paprika and coriander.

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Step 2: Marinate the Chicken

Place the chicken breasts and marinade in a Ziplock bag, making sure to coat all of the chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the flavors marinate. Then, remove the chicken from the bag and cut into strips. Reserve the marinade in a small bowl.

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Step 3: Grill the Chicken

Heat your grill or indoor skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken strips and cook until done, or for about 4 to 5 minutes. Baste with the leftover marinade while cooking.

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Step 4: Grill the Vegetables

Using the same grill or indoor skillet, cook the peppers, jalapeño and red onion until slightly softened and charred.

(Image: Sweet Caroline's Cooking)
(Image: Sweet Caroline's Cooking)

Step 5: Serve the Fajitas

Mix the peppers, jalapeño and onion together with the grilled chicken. Serve fajitas in a pan, or inside a flour or corn tortilla. Garnish with cilantro, lime wedges and homemade guacamole.

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