40 Minute Fajitas

A disclaimer from the start – this recipe only qualifies as a 40 minute family meal if you enlist spousal/partner help to make the guacamole.

So, roll up your sleeves and here we go…..it could be a bumpy ride!

On your marks…

You’ll need:

Two chicken breasts
One large onion sliced
one red pepper sliced
one dozen button mushrooms sliced
three handfuls of cherry tomatoes
two avocadoes
one head of garlic
one cup of rice
many dashes of olive oil!
1 lime
fresh cilantro to taste
salt and pepper
Six corn or flour soft tortillas

Get set….

You’ll also need:

one small saucepan (rice)
one nonstick skillet (onions and peppers, then tomato salsa)
one cast iron skillet (chicken)
one small skillet (heat the tortillas)


1, Sautee the onions and peppers in olive oil for about five minutes until pepper strips are starting to soften. Add the mushrooms and keep sauteeing for 10 minutes on low heat.

2, Sautee the rice and half a tablespoon of olive oil in a small saucepan for two minutes then add 2 cups of boiling water. Bring to boil then reduce heat, salt and pepper and cover for 15 minutes.

3, In a heavy skillet (cast iron is great), sautee the chicken breasts with a dash of olive oil, lime and fresh garlic. 10 – 15 minutes over medium heat (slightly lower if using cast iron)

4, Someone else should be making guacamole at this time (preferably before). You’ll need two avocadoes, one clove of garlic (heresy I know but I like it garlicky), lime juice and salt and pepper to taste plus chopped cilantro.

5, When the peppers, onions and mushrooms are soft and carmelized, reserve. Wipe the non-stick skillet with a paper towel (take off heat first!), add a dash more olive oil and then the cherry tomatoes (halved) plus two cloves of garlic.

Sautee until cooked through but not too mushy! (5 mins).

By now, the rice, chicken, tomato salsa and onion medley should all be cooked (and you’ll have been going like the clappers, but in a precise, controlled way for 35 minutes).

The guacamole should be waiting expectantly for company.

Warm the tortillas and serve. Cut the chicken into thin strips then add whatever combo you fancy to make a great family meal.

Pour yourself a glass of something vaguely chilled and relax and enjoy – you’ve earned it.

- Matthew

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2 Responses to 40 Minute Fajitas

  1. tracy says:

    This sounds very tasty. What type of rice are you using for this please?

  2. matthew says:

    I make simple “Spanish Rice” to accompany this.
    3/4 cup of long grain white rice or Spanish paella rice. 1 1/2 cups of water. tablespoon of olive oil.
    Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan then add the rice and stir for one minute. Add the water (already boiled, bring to the boil then cover and reduce heat to low/medium.
    The rice will be done when all the water has evaporated (about 12-15 mins)
    - hope that helps

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