Chicken Fajitas with Cactus and Poblano

Today I met a milestone.

For the first time ever, and there have been many attempts, I made chicken fajitas and it tasted just like chicken fajitas. And I did it sort of by accident.

And by accident I mean I used what I had on hand, which was not what I thought I needed.

Though, some of it was on purpose.

Inspired by Chili’s Smoked Chicken Tacos and Taqueria Jalisco’s Carne Asada, I decided to throw some cactus and poblano chile into the mix.

Not on purpose was the fact that I didn’t have any “fajita seasoning” or the fact that I can’t seem to mix up a smoky tomato-y sauce on a whim. But that didn’t seem to stop me from bathing my my chicken into whatever seemed reasonable.

I consumed the end product with asadero and yet another tortilla. I’ve been on a roll with things wrapped in tortillas. I had two yesterday and two today. Not to mention the one I had on Tuesday.

It was smoky and saucy with just the right combination of flavor and spice! I still can’t believe I did it!

Chicken Fajitas with Cactus and Poblano

6 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
~1 tbsp barbecue sauce
~1 tsp lime juice
~1/2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
Dashes of cumin, paprika, dried oregano, dried parsley, dried cilantro, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt

1 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 bulb shallot (all I had!), julienned
1 poblano chile, julienned
1 small cactus pad, julienned

Combine first five ingredients (including all the spices) in a bowl and set aside.

Heat cast iron skillet to “piping hot.” Add remaining ingredients.

Saute vegetables until just about “crisp-tender.” Add chicken and saute everything  until chicken is cooked through.

Serve in tortillas.

Serves 2.

~200 calories, without tortilla or cheese


On a side note, I completely feel the burn from yesterday’s strength training. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt my entire abdominal muscles, from my chest to my hips, this sore before. This is a good thing, right? 😉

And on another side note, we’re learning samba steps in Zumba class. Getting that basic step down in knawing at my brain! Must master samba step!

I have a problem, I know.

2 responses to “Chicken Fajitas with Cactus and Poblano

  1. Ooh, I’ve never had cactus before! What does it taste like?


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