Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fajita Lime Chicken

We love this recipe in the summertime. It is a great filling for fajitas, but I also like it on a green salad with fresh salsa. This is also a great recipe for grilling. Just keep the chicken breasts intact to cook and slice when ready to serve.

3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Juice of 3 limes
1/4 cup of canola oil
1 1/2 tbs. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbs. canola oil

Rinse the chicken breasts and trim of all fat. Place in a ziploc bag. Combine the next four ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour over chicken breasts and seal bag with little or no air inside. Move chicken around to ensure marinade is in contact. Refrigerate overnight.

Heat 2 tbs. canola oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade and discard bag and liquid. On a plastic cutting board, slice chicken across the grain into 1/2 inch slices. Cook quickly in skillet until flesh is opaque and chicken is completely cooked, but still moist (about 3-5 minutes per side). Serve with heated tortillas and fresh salsa.


*Note: if you have less time to marinate the chicken, but still want to make this dish, slice the breasts across the grain into 1/2 inch slices before you marinate. The chicken will be able to absorb flavors more quickly -- about an hour on the countertop should give you a flavorful result.

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