Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chicken and Poblano Fajitas

While browsing through the small Mexican market above Chipotle and Jalapeno restaurant on Amherst in Montreal, I smelled the most wonderful smoky scent coming from a small package of brown chipotles. These are red jalapenos that have been smoked then dried. They add a really intriguing flavor to Mexican dishes.

I bought them whole and then processed the entire pod with the seeds in my coffee/spice grinder to have powder readily available. Brown chipotles can be bought online or try to find them in a small Mexican market, as I did.

The agave, lime and salt will help to bring out the other flavors in the dish. I’ve used poblano peppers instead of bell peppers in these fajitas to add a little something different. Poblano peppers don’t have a lot of heat, but you can get the rare one that has a small bite. I've never been opposed to a little chili pepper roulette.

This can be served on its own in tortillas or over rice. For more flavors, add shredded or crumbled cheese and/or my quick guacamole or either of my salsas: fresca or garlic and oregano.

1 tablespoon safflower oil
1 pound of chicken breasts, sliced into strips
1 tablespoon brown chipotle powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 poblano peppers, sliced
1 white onion, sliced
2 fat garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 cup of water
Juice from ½ of a lime
1 teaspoon agave nectar
2 plum tomatoes, cut into 6 slices
To serve: tortillas or rice, cheese or guacamole, and/or salsa.

Heat the oil over medium in a large skillet. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes or until almost cooked through. Add the chipotle powder, salt and black pepper. Toss with tongs to combine.

Add the peppers, onion, garlic, water, lime and agave. Continuing tossing until the ingredients are coated while allowing to cook another 6 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Serves 4-6

Check out my other fajita and quesadillas recipes:
Ancho Chicken Fajitas
Barbecue Duck Quesadillas
Chili, Lime and Agave Turkey Quesadillas
Crawfish Quesadillas
Steak Fajitas with Cipollinis
Vegetable and Feta Quesadillas

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