My last post included a recipe for Chipotle Lime Chicken, and today I would like to present to you the very best way to serve it up for a quick and delicious summer dinner. Grilled Chicken Fajitas with Cast Iron Seared Peppers and Onions are so full of flavor and you won’t heat up your kitchen. Outdoor cooking for the win! Here you will also get all my tips on timing and prep so that your fajitas are served at their best.
Step 1: Make the sauce
These fajitas were amazing topped with a quick ranch-based sauce that I threw together. (Shown on fish tacos, more on that below.) Mix a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch as directed for ranch dressing (mayo and milk). Add in two tablespoons of McCormick Chipotle and Roasted Garlic seasoning until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Step 2: Prep the veggies and toppings
I served the grilled chicken fajitas with chopped iceberg for crunch, lime wedges, shredded cheddar cheese, and fresh cilantro. I also whipped up a quick Mexican-inspired salad like this black bean and corn salad, with the addition of some avocado. Slice up 3 red bell peppers and 1 large yellow onion for the fajitas and set aside in a big bowl. Keep everything cold in the fridge until ready to serve.
Step 3: Sear the peppers and onions
Heat your cast iron pan on the BBQ until nice and hot. Pour in 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and add the sliced peppers and onion. Cook until slightly blackened- all those yummy caramelized flavors will come out and you will have an amazing fajita topping to rival any restaurant. Place the cooked peppers and onions in a bowl and keep warm. I like to pop them in the microwave to hold the heat in while cooking the meat. The insulated box is the perfect thing to keep chilly air off your hot ingredients until you are ready to serve.
Step 4: Cook up the chicken
Follow my recipe for grilled chipotle seasoned chicken. Simply marinate for a couple of hours and grill. Bonus: my husband and kids caught a couple of fish and we breaded and cooked them at the same time in a cast iron pan on the grill in a half inch of oil. Fish tacos anyone? It was nice to be able to serve up both dishes at one time.
After the chicken tenders are cooked through, cut into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl. Keep warm with the peppers and onions until ready to serve.
Step 5: Warm up your tortillas
One of the best things I have ever purchased is a restaurant-style tortilla warmer. They are not expensive at all and they cook the wraps perfectly in the microwave and keep them warm way longer than other methods I have tried.
Step 6: Assembly
This is the easiest and best part. Lay out all your pre-prepared ingredients for your guests and let everyone build their own fajita or taco creation. Using my tips above, your hot items will be served hot, and the cold items will be nice and chilly. The most challenging thing about preparing meals can often be the timing. If you think ahead and do some advance planning, you will find that it’s not that hard to have everything ready at the right time so that all your ingredients are presented at their best. Enjoy!