Hot Habanero Chicken Fajitas

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If you love spice, you'll love the floral flavor of habaneros in these quick and easy chicken fajitas. Plus:  More Mexican Recipes 

Hot Habanero Chicken Fajitas
Habanero chiles add fantastic floral flavor to these easy fajitas. Photo: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu
Total Time:
25 mins
Yield:
4

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided

  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus more for seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon chile powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced in strips

  • 1 medium onion, sliced

  • 1 large bell pepper, seeded and sliced

  • 1 (or more to taste) habanero chile, seeded and sliced

  • Fresh cracked black pepper

  • Flour or corn tortillas, for serving

  • Shredded cheese and sour cream, for serving (optional)

  • Chopped avocado, chopped cilantro and salsa or chopped tomatoes, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil with the garlic, salt, chile powder, ground cumin, paprika, sugar and fresh lime juice. Set aside.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and then stir in the chicken. Cook for 2 minutes or until the chicken is lightly browned. Stir in the onion, bell pepper and habanero and cook with the chicken for 3 to 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

  3. Stir in the spice mixture and cook for another 2 minutes or until everything is combined well and heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with tortillas and optional toppings.

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