Tuesday, April 7, 2009

sunday dinner

i recently started making sunday dinner for my close friends. i decided to start the tradition when i realized how nice it iss to get everyone together in one place and check in with each other (i go to another friend's house when she cooks on wednesday nights - more on that later).  

food is the perfect vehicle. 

family dinner is casual and fun. life can get crazy busy, we have to remember to keep in touch with people we care about.

this week, i decided to make chicken and shrimp fajitas. i'm going to attempt to write a recipe from memory, but please only use it as a guide. the recipe is for chicken but you can adapt it for any type of meat. you can also make this a vegetarian dish by leaving the meat out. i created this recipe a couple years ago and it is now part of my rotation. it's fast and easy and fresh - perfect for a weeknight dinner. once, i also made fresh pineapple salsa to go on top.

chicken fajitas (from memory)
1 pound chicken tenders
onion powder
garlic powder
olive oil
1 red onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 orange bell peper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1/4 - 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
flour tortillas
sour cream
1 lime, quartered

season the chicken with onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large pan and place chicken in pan. flip chicken after a few minutes, making sure both sides are golden brown. take the chicken out and let rest on cutting board. drizzle a little more olive oil in the pan and throw in the onion to give it a head start. next, add the peppers and stir occasionally for about 15 minutes or until carmalized. after the chicken has rested and cooled, slice into strips (like the veggies). it's ok if the inside isn't cooked through because you're going to put the chicken back in the pan with the veggies. pour the chicken broth or water over everything. after the water comes to a boil, cover and turn down the heat to low. simmer for a couple minutes, until chicken is cooked through. heat up the tortillas for a few seconds in the microwave. serve fajitas with salsa, sour cream, cheese and lime.

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