“A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn’t climb over it.”
Chicken Fajitas ~ The Clean Way
My neighbour is a 90 year old Korean woman who doesn’t speak a word of English and yet somehow we manage to have lengthy conversations throughout three of our four seasons. We have something that we share that is near and dear to our hearts… we’re both avid, three season gardeners.
She gives me advice and brings me plants, teaches me how to better prune, gesticulating wildly (predominantly incoherently, but with the most endearing words like “choock” or “snit snit”) about what actions I should be taking with the care of most of my plants. She has torn up more than one of my plants (much to my horror) to show me that the roots are edible (and eventual delight). She bosses me firmly when some of her squash make their way over to my side of the fence. She fertilizes my garden… and yard… without my request, or permission I might add. She typically brings me more than one plant during the season from her own garden and insists (again with her firm grasp of informal sign language) that not only should I plant them in mine, but also where. I suspect she is trying to expand her own garden area, but I’m happy to go along with this arrangement, so long as she can control herself from ripping up the beautiful bellflower until after its blooming season to get to its delicious root!
Why am I telling you this story? Well, it’s amusing for starters, but I think it has more to do with how sometimes we have only to look at something from a different perspective to see its beauty.
As is evidenced in the pages of this blog, I am a rather larger than huge fan of any Mediterranean food, but sometimes I like to work with different flavour profiles. These chicken fajitas are a very healthy alternative to the ones you’ll get in a restaurant or out of a sodium laden seasoning package at the grocery store, and make a very good neighbour to my usual Mediterranean style of cooking.
Enjoy & Namaste!
- olive oil for pan
- 2 TBSP olive oil (for marinade)
- ⅓ cup lime juice
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. cumin
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp pepper
- 3 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp chili powder (for spicy)
- 4 chicken breasts, boneless skinless, cut into thin strips
- 1 each red, orange, yellow & green pepper (or whatever combination you prefer) cut into thin strips
- 1 large onion, cut into thin strips
- Grated cheese, sour cream (I use fat free), grape tomatoes halved, avocado thinly sliced, green onions sliced(all optional but quite yummy!)
- Whole wheat tortilla wraps
- Mix all ingredients for marinade together and toss in chicken strips, cover and refrigerate for an hour or more.
- Heat oil in a cast iron pan, add chicken strips and over a med hi heat sauté until cooked through, remove to plate.
- Throw peppers and onions into same pan, stirring often, cooking until just beginning to soften and wilt.
- Toss chicken strips back in to warm
- Serve on tortillas with any of the above mentioned toppings.