Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pinterest Experiment: Baked Fajitas with Cilantro / Coriander Lime sauce in the HotMix Pro

As you all know I very much enjoy Pinterest. I have many boards and will shamelessly declare that I have thousands of pins which increase daily. Again, I will shamelessly invite you to follow my boards, or even if you just want to browse what I pin, you can do so here. I find a lot of solace and inspiration from Pinterest and often I will experiment with the recipes and ideas and see what I come up with.

Lately, I have been making freezer meals, which I seek inspiration for on Pinterest. I do this because it helps me keep chilled in the evening as I don't have to worry too much about dinner and its super helpful if you are trying to stick to a budget.  Recently, I came across the recipe for Baked Chicken Fajitas on Pinterest, but comes from Six Sisters Stuff blog.  I super duper love Mexican food which is somewhat hard to find here in  Australia in terms of restaurants.  I follow a lot of American blogs and recipes boards so Mexican recipes appear frequently on my dinner table.  The recipe I used from Six Sisters Stuff is as follows:

Baked Chicken Fajitas Recipe:
(Serves 6)

1kg boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can diced green chilies*
1 medium onion, sliced
1 large capsicum, seeded and sliced (I used small sweet capsicums for a variety of colour)
2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 burrito breads, warmed to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
2. Grease a baking dish, oil spray works well.
3. Mix together chicken, tomatoes, chilies*, peppers, and onions in the dish. 
4. In a small bowl combine the oil and spices. Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and toss to coat. 
5. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. 
Serve with warmed burrito bread and enjoy!
*Green diced chilies are not as common in the supermarket here in Australia, compared to America. You should still find them in the Mexican food/El Parso isle. Alternatively, you could also buy bottled pickle jalapenos, drain them and dice them.  I recently purchased some diced green chilies on the internet at Grocery They were having a USA themed run with lots of different American food items. When I made the recipe I actually omitted them as I know my kids won't like them.
Freezer Friendly
As a freezer meal I placed the chicken, capsicum, and onion in a zip loc bag. I them mixed up the spices and oil and poured this over the chicken and tossed to coat thoroughly. I zipped up the bag and put it in the freezer. 
I allow the chicken to defrost, mix through the marinade and pour it into the greased dish.
 I poured the tin tomatoes over the mixture and mix through gently. 
 Then I put it into the preheated oven for about 20mins.
To serve, I used a piece of burrito bread then fresh chopped lettuce followed by a good serving spoons worth of the chicken fajita mixture. Finally I drizzled the coriander sauce on top. You can also use plain sour cream.  
Coriander / Cilantro Lime Sauce
This was done using my HotMix Pro, but a blender can also work well.
1 large bunch of fresh coriander - mainly leaves but some stems are fine
4-5 large leaves of fresh basil
pinch of salt
zest of half a lime
juice of half a lime
1/2 green jalapeno chilli seeds removed. (You can currently get these at Coles or Woolworths)
2 dessert spoons of sour cream - I used light
Put all ingredients except the sour cream into the HMP on speed 4 for 20 secs.
Scrape down sides and add the sour cream and mix on speed 7 for 20 secs. Taste and see if it needs anything more, I added a little bit of brown sugar to mine to even out the flavours.
This meal was an absolute winner in my house, with every last morsel consumed! I hope it becomes a winner in your house.
Do you Pinterest Experiment?

1 comment:

Grace said...

Looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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