Chicken Fajita Pasta

How’s your weekend?  Were you pre-occupied with to-do lists and finalising your menus for Thanksgiving? Honestly I’m having trouble deciding which the dishes will make the cut for the Thanksgiving party.

One thing for sure, I’m holding on to Donna Hay’s polenta-crusted potatoes recipe. I’m confident these potatoes will be a hit. As my potato dish is now covered, I’m looking for an easy pasta dish, something along the line of pasta bake. The idea of teasing my guests with thick layer of melted cheese is brilliant. But then, I realised that my overworked oven will be quite pre-occupied on that very day. Another baked dish may not be a good idea after all.

Not lacking in pasta recipes, finding “the one” for a special day may be tricky.  I wanted something simple, festive and will compliment my other dishes.  What do you think about my chicken fajita pasta? It’s simple and to some extent, festive with the green and red coloured peppers?  It’s worth pointing out that it may be the “healthier” dish (among other dishes) even though occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas are our free pass to stuff ourselves silly. :P

Chicken Fajita Pasta

(Adapted loosely from Company’s Coming Greatest Hits – Mexican by Jean Pare)

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Juice from half a lemon

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsps dried oregano

1 tsp dried crushed chillies

½ tsp ground cumin

Some ground black pepper

Salt to taste

A pinch of sugar

500g chicken breasts, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper (capsicum), thinly sliced

1 green bell pepper (capsicum), thinly sliced

1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced

About 400g angel hair pasta

Method:

1. Combine lemon juice, garlic, oregano, chillies, ground cumin, black pepper, salt, sugar and chicken in a bowl. Marinate the chicken at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

2. Heat frying pan on medium flame until hot and add some cooking oil. Place the chicken in single layer in frying pan and cook until well browned and no longer pink. Transfer the cooked chicken and any liquid on plate. Cover to keep warm.

3. Add some cooking oil to the same pan. Add onion and bell peppers and stir-fry for 1 minute (try to scrap up any bits from frying pan at the same time).  Then add back and chicken and liquid and toss to mix all the ingredients. Remove to large serving bowl.

4. Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and pour over chicken mixture. Toss well to coat.


{Enjoy!}

11 Responses to Chicken Fajita Pasta
  1. eatgreek.net
    November 22, 2010 | 1:58 pm

    so yummy!!!!!!!

  2. Heather
    November 22, 2010 | 3:17 pm

    Yes, please!!

  3. Roxan
    November 22, 2010 | 4:06 pm

    Oh, great foresight in realizing that the oven might be overworked and preoccupied on thursday! I think this pasta is a GREAT choice for a thanksgiving side – it looks really light and with the addition of fresh veggies, very healthy! It will be a nice addition to all the butter laden dishes :)

  4. RavieNomNoms
    November 22, 2010 | 5:14 pm

    Great Pictures!! Looks like an awesome meal!

  5. Ali
    November 22, 2010 | 9:03 pm

    Looks delish!

    If you wanted to add cheese, I bet it would be great with sprinkling on some shredded mexican spiced cheese or any cheese really! I adore cheese so I would go with any…

  6. Amy Bakes Everything
    November 23, 2010 | 10:16 am

    This looks really good. I love Mexican flavors in pasta!

  7. Camala - CC Recipe
    November 23, 2010 | 3:43 pm

    This looks so good, I am making this tonight for dinner for sure, thanks for sharing:)

  8. dropfood
    November 28, 2010 | 1:55 pm

    Your recipe was posted.

  9. Liz
    February 20, 2011 | 12:45 am

    Not bad. Use more cumin though

  10. Cathy
    May 31, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but
    I’m having a hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • Emily
      June 3, 2013 | 3:53 am

      Hi Cathy,

      I went with WordPress, using Headway theme which allows you to create the layout from scratch without the need of the HTML coding knowledge as it allows you to just drag and drop from the “Visual Editor”. It is pretty user friendly.

      I hope this answers your question. Have a great day!

      xx Emily

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