Not a lot of foods have a signature sound, but if you've ever ordered fajitas at a restaurant, you know the sound we're talking about. It's the wild jungle-cat sizzling sound the platter makes when it arrives from the kitchen. Sure, it's pure restaurant theatrics, but dang it all if it doesn't get us every time. Capture some of that magic in your own kitchen with these fajitas, made with gently spiced chicken breast served on a bed of fresh bell peppers and onion. Pass the warm tortillas around and bask in the ovation for pulling off such a tasty culinary feat.
Pat chicken breasts dry. Slice across width into ¼" strips.
Place chicken in a mixing bowl along with half the taco seasoning (reserve remaining for vegetables), 1 tsp. olive oil, and ¼ tsp. pepper. Mix to coat chicken.
Marinate at least 10 minutes.
While chicken marinates, prepare ingredients.
Prepare the Ingredients
On a separate cutting board, mince cilantro (no need to stem).
Stem, seed, and slice red and yellow bell peppers into ¼" strips.
Halve and peel onion. Slice halves into thin strips.
Cook the Chicken
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil.
Add marinated chicken to hot pan and cook undisturbed until lightly charred, 3-4 minutes.
Then stir occasionally until browned all over and chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 4-5 minutes.
Transfer chicken to a plate.
Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.
Cook the Vegetables
Return pan used to cook chicken to medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil.
Add bell peppers and onion to hot pan and cook undisturbed until lightly charred, 2-3 minutes.
Then stir occasionally until caramelized, 3-4 minutes.
Remove from burner. Season with remaining taco seasoning and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Finish the Fajitas
Return pan with vegetables to medium-high heat and stir in chicken. Cook until chicken is warmed through, 2-3 minutes.
Remove from burner.
Place a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add tortillas to dry, hot pan and toast until warmed through, 15-30 seconds per side. Wrap warmed tortillas in foil to keep warm.
Serve family-style, garnishing with cheese, sour cream, and reserved cilantro. Bon appétit!