My Favorite Fajita Marinade

I love babies. I know that that sentence has nothing to do with fajitas, but hear me out. I have had a slew of girlfriends having babies lately and I love getting the chance to go over and snuggle the heck out of those newborn babies.  However, there is a payment that goes along with all of those snuggles.  One must bring a meal.  I love the advent of websites like mealtrain.com so I can get booked in to see those babies!  This last meal train was a little tough for me because I was late to the signup game and all of the traditional go to meals had been taken!  So I brought out the Fajita Guns.  A little guacamole, some cilantro rice, of course peppers and onions, and chicken marinated in this awesome marinade.  I love the combo of the spice and the brown sugar along with the freshness from the lime and cilantro.

I start out by making the marinade, right in the measuring cup so I have no extra dishes(BONUS!).  I have a little olive oil that I add the juice from one lime.  I love these little baby sieves that catch any seeds!DSC_0006

To that add some fresh cilantro.   I love the smell of cilantro, and wanted to just use bunches of it as a perfume but Mr. Insanity didn’t find it as appealing as I do.

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To that add a clove of garlic.  I love using the microplane to just grate the garlic right into the marinade, but you could definitely mince it if you don’t have one.  They are one of the few kitchen extras that I think are worth making room in your kitchen for, great for garlic or fresh parmesan.DSC_0011

I then add my dried spices and mix it up.  Probably took five minutes. DSC_0012

I really like to halve my chicken breasts.  You can pay a little extra at the market to buy thinly sliced chicken, but I like to pay less and do it myself.  If you want your chicken to stay moist than this really is the trick.  Keeping your breasts whole just causes them to take too long to cook and dry out.DSC_0001

Then it all just gets tossed in a bag for a few hours or even over night.  Always put your bag on a sheet, I have ended up with too many leaking bags to ever avoid that step again.

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Grill your chicken, or if like me you turned the propane off instead of on and are convinced you are out of propane, you can always cook them on the stove.  I love my cast iron pan and it hasn’t gotten much use lately.  You can see the smoke rising out of this hot pan! Nice high heat and you will end up with beautifully brown chicken!DSC_0024


Fajita Marinade

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Lime – Juiced
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro – Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 Clove Garlic – Minced or Grated

Combine all ingredients and pour over Chicken or Steak.  Refrigerate and let marinate for at least four hours.  Grill or Cook as desired.

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