Monday, June 15, 2015

Copy Cat Chili's Chicken Fajitas

I decided to serve a taco bar for my kids that came for Sunday dinner.  I looked up a copycat Chili's fajita recipe on Pinterest and thought I would try it. It actually turned out yummy so I thought I would share!

I had thought maybe I would just cook the chicken in a pan but then I thought how much better it would be on the grill.  Chicken doesn't take as long to marinate as beef so I marinated it for only about 4 hours.  It grilled up beautifully!

The extra marinade at the end of the recipe made a difference.  Make sure you use it.  Enjoy this recipe.  It's both easy and yummy!

Copy Cat Chili's Fajitas

1/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
3 tbs. Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. Liquid Smoke
3 tsp. Soy Sauce
1 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
4 Cloves Garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (it does make it a little spicy, if you like more mild add 1/8 tsp)
Steaks (I used 1 Flat Iron Steak 2-3 lbs). You can use chicken if you want. 
1 Onion
1 Green Bell Pepper 
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Orange Bell Pepper 
Marinade to make for later (in a separate bowl):
2 tbs. Water
1 tsp. Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp. Fresh Lime Juice
Dash of salt and pepper
How to Make: 
1. First you will want to make your marinade for the steaks! I grabbed a gallon ziploc bag and poured it into that. Add your 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, oil, garlic, soy sauce, liquid smoke, cayenne, pepper and salt. Then add your steak and seal the bag up. Mix it around a little bit. It needs to marinade at least 4 hours all the way up to 24 hours. The longer you marinade the stronger the flavors will be.
2. Next you want to add your marinade to make for later ingredients into a bowl to store in the fridge. You will use this once the fajita’s are cooked, you will pour this over the veggies and steak for a little more flavor. Combine the ingredients listed above for the extra marinade, water, soy sauce, lime juice, and salt and pepper.
3. Once your meat has marinaded long enough, turn out your grill, I used our Green Mountain Grill, and turned it to 400 degrees. It is okay to use a charcoal grill. You will toss your steaks on and cook like you would any steak. Once they are done pull them off, and let cool a few minutes and then cut into strips!
4. In a pan add a little oil to the pan and toss in your diced peppers and onion. Cook until they get a bit soft, it won’t take very long, 5 minutes or so. Once they are cooked, toss in your steak, and use that marinade you made and put in the bowl, and pour over the veggies and steak. Stir well, and serve!

5. I had sour cream, shredded cheese, and salsa on hand. Serve on warm tortilla’s, and enjoy!

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