Chicken fajitas piled high with grilled veggies and topped with a sprinkle of cheese or a dollop of sour cream tempt the taste buds. But, this tasty treat doesn’t need to be off-limits if you are watching your weight or cutting down on fats. With a few adaptations to traditional fajita recipes, you can eliminate the worries about added fats in your diet while enjoying the foods your family loves.
Roasted Chicken and Veggies
Roasting the chicken and veggies in the oven eliminates the need for oil in making fajitas. By slicing the chicken and veggies into 1/2-inch strips and roasting them in a sauce, you can take advantage of the natural flavors of the veggies and infuse the flavor of sauces too. Equal parts water and fajita sauce give your roasted chicken and veggies an added kick, but you can use a little chicken or vegetable broth to keep them moist and prevent them from burning. The secret to tasty roasted veggies is monitoring them closely and covering with foil, if necessary.
Slow Cooker Chicken for Fajitas
Slow cookers are the way to go if you prefer shredded chicken in your fajita. Simmering the chicken in fajita sauce for hours creates tender meat brimming with flavor. Remove the chicken and let it set until it is cool enough to handle, and shred it with two forks. Onions and peppers can be cooked at the same time, making the slow cooker a convenient alternative when you are busy with other chores. Place the shredded chicken back in the slow cooker and allow your family to serve themselves as they top warmed flour tortillas with the spicy mixture of chicken and veggies.
Break Out the Grill
Nonstick grills offer a quick solution to making chicken fajitas without oil. While the chicken breasts can be grilled whole and cut into the desired size later, they can also be stripped and grilled in serving-size pieces. Whether you add seasonings before or after grilling is up to you. Try grilling the chicken and veggies and then allowing them to sit in fajita sauce for 30 minutes. Reheat and serve hot in warmed tortillas topped with your favorite condiments.
Traditional stir-fries in a wok include hot oil, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cook without it. Coat the inside of wok with nonstick spray and cook up those chicken strips and veggies the healthy way. Add fajita sauce to a large bowl and pour in the veggies and chicken. Toss and allow to sit for a few minutes to distribute the flavor. Reheat if necessary and serve with hot tortillas and all the trimmings.
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