Chicken fajitas are an all-time favorite over here in the casa de Smart Eating. I mean, who doesn’t love smoking-hot chicken with charred veggies and creamy avocado?
While you may be laughing right now, swearing that you’ll never be able to master the sizzling cast iron pan experience, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You can make a totally, low-key, low-mess, no-fail, super-flavorful version of chicken fajitas using a … sheet pan.
Yep, it’s true. You just need ONE pan to make this family-favorite. Olé!
- Unless you know that your family absolutely LOVES charred bell peppers, there’s no need to cook up all that you slice. Instead, save a handful in the fridge to pack in your kids’ lunches or have for after-school snacks. Look at you, being all prepared!
- Cut the chicken in small strips before you marinade it. This will help it soak in all the flavorful goodness of the marinade, cut down on cooking time (’cause you’ve got mouths to feed!) and let your kids serve themselves with more independence.
- Keep the veggies on one half of the sheet pan and the chicken on the other half. This helps to control the cook-time if the chicken and veggies aren’t totally in-sync with their doneness. Plus, it makes it easier for everyone to customize what goes (or doesn’t go) on their plates.
- Homemade marinades are easier to make than you think — and oh-so-worth the effort. This one uses a bit of pineapple juice (sweet!), soy sauce (salty!), liquid smoke (smoky!) and cayenne pepper (spicy!), along with oil, garlic and black pepper.
- Any tortillas will work, but did you know that corn tortillas count as a whole grain? Bonus points for you! Wrap the tortillas in foil and pop them in the oven at the same time as the sheet pan for perfectly soft and warm tortillas.
- Serve up the fajitas with a variety of sides to make sure everyone gets something they love: corn, rice, avocado, sour cream, salsa, cheese, you get the picture. Full disclosure: little-miss-smart-eating usually opts for a tortillas with rice, corn and cheese. Not nutritionally ideal, but she’s eating the same-ish meal as the rest of us, so I won’t complain or push. She’ll get there.