Margarita Chicken Fajitas

Margarita Chicken Fajitas: tequila-jalapeno-citrus marinade. Grill or sauté indoors with peppers and onions for flavor packed sizzling fajitas.

Dinner | June 22, 2017 | By

 Today started as many do in our house with my husband asking shortly after breakfast, “what’s for dinner?”. When I said Margarita Chicken Fajitas his response was “on the grill”? (this is a guy who loves his grill). Of course, wherever the chicken is cooked, it’s a pretty safe bet he’ll slather it in (a) buffalo sauce or (b) barbecue sauce. I have witnessed him blanket a beautiful herb-roasted chicken, baked to such a perfect golden brown it could almost be considered art in buffalo sauce.

Margarita Chicken Fajitas: tequila-jalapeno-citrus marinade. Grill or sauté indoors with peppers and onions for flavor packed sizzling fajitas.

I’m a big fan of  Jimmy Buffett’s music and lifestyle which is how this whole recipe got started. If nibblin’ on sponge cake and watchin’ the sun bake sounds like your kind of life, you know what I’m talking about.

Jimmy puts on a great concert but the Parrotheads tailgating in the parking lot are their own brand of talent and if you’re a foodie, it doesn’t get much better. The aroma alone will reel you in. Margarita Chicken Fajitas are a nod to the booze in Jimmy’s blender and his Margarita state of mind.Margarita Chicken Fajitas: tequila-jalapeno-citrus marinade. Grill or sauté indoors with peppers and onions for flavor packed sizzling fajitas.

Margarita Chicken Fajitas are marinated in a blend of tequila, citrus juices and a few spices you probably already have on hand.  

These Margarita Chicken Fajitas were sautéed in a skillet indoors, but if the climate where you are allows it, the recipe is easily transferrable to the outdoor grill. 

Margarita Chicken Fajitas: tequila-jalapeno-citrus marinade. Grill or sauté indoors with peppers and onions for flavor packed sizzling fajitas.

Start by pounding the chicken breasts to an even thickness. This is my single best tip for juicy, perfectly cooked chicken.

Combine the marinade ingredients below in a zip top bag then add the chicken to the bag, moving it around until it’s completely coated. Marinate in the refrigerator 6-8 hours or overnight for best flavor, turning it over occasionally.

Margarita Chicken Fajitas Marinade:

  • 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup  tequila
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

You’re also going to need about 1 1/2 tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil to sauté the chicken and vegetables and of course, a good size onion and a couple of full size bell peppers (or about a dozen minis).

I sliced the veggies on the thicker side so they don’t disappear when they’re sautéed.

Margarita Chicken Fajitas: tequila-jalapeno-citrus marinade. Grill or sauté indoors with peppers and onions for flavor packed sizzling fajitas.

Drain the marinade, shaking any excess liquid from the chicken then generously season both sides with salt and pepper.

Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil to a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, carefully place the chicken breasts in the skillet, letting them cook 5 minutes on the first side without touching them. This part is important for a nice sear.

Margarita Chicken Fajitas: tequila-jalapeno-citrus marinade. Grill or sauté indoors with peppers and onions for flavor packed sizzling fajitas.

After 5 minutes, turn the chicken over and continue cooking another 3-4 minutes on the other side or until it’s cooked through then remove it from the skillet.

Drop in the chopped peppers and onions, give them a good seasoning with salt and pepper and cook over medium-high heat until they’re starting to brown and are tender.

Margarita Chicken Fajitas: tequila-jalapeno-citrus marinade. Grill or sauté indoors with peppers and onions for flavor packed sizzling fajitas.

Slice the chicken then return it to the skillet, combining it with the vegetables. Simmer over low heat just a couple of minutes to rewarm the chicken.

Margarita Chicken Fajitas: tequila-jalapeno-citrus marinade. Grill or sauté indoors with peppers and onions for flavor packed sizzling fajitas.

Serve the Margarita Chicken Fajitas with tortillas and your favorite fajita toppings. We love guacamole in this house, fresh salsa, sour cream and a tasty Grapefruit Margarita. You already have the ingredients for it from this marinade.

Enjoy!

Margarita Chicken Fajitas: tequila-jalapeno-citrus marinade. Grill or sauté indoors with peppers and onions for flavor packed sizzling fajitas.

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Margarita Chicken Fajitas
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2  cup   tequila
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 bell peppers any color
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 4-6 flour tortillas
  • Toppings of your choice: salsa, sour cream, guacamole, jalapeno peppers
Instructions
  1. Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness.

  2. Combine the marinade ingredients in a zip top bag then add the chicken, moving it around to make sure it's all coated. Marinate in the refrigerator 6-8 hours or overnight for best flavor, turning occasionally.

  3. Drain the marinade, shaking any excess from the chicken then season generously with salt and pepper.

  4. Add canola oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken breasts in the skillet and cook 5 minutes on the first side (without touching them).

  5. Turn the chicken and continue cooking another 3-4 minutes on the other side or until they’re cooked through then remove the chicken from the skillet.

  6. Season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until they’re starting to brown and are tender.

  7. Return the chicken to the skillet along and cook over low heat 2-3 minutes.

  8. Serve with tortillas and (optional) guacamole, salsa, sour cream or fajita toppings of your choice.