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Fajitas De Pollo, with Tortilla Recipe

Fajitas De Pollo
I am quite proud of this delicious Chicken Fajita recipe. I encountered this dish at a very good Mexican restaurant in East Victoria Park and then cobbled together a recipe for it that is as good, if not better, than the restaurant’s version. It is even better with home made tortillas, the recipe for these is included below.

Ingredients:

About 8-12 small tortillas. (Will  comfortably serve 3 to 4 people)

2 large chicken breasts, cut into small pieces.
Half of a large red capsicum cut into chunky strips
Half of a large green capsicum cut into chunky strips
Half a smallish broccoli head cut into bite sized florets.
About a third of a head of cauliflour cut into florets.
1 onion roughly chopped
1/2 a cup of chicken stock.
1/3 of a cup of dry white or red wine or  a small splash of tequila…
2 teaspoons of sugar.
Roughly 2 -4 tablespoons tomato paste or tomato puree.

Ingredients for spice mix:

1 tablespoon each of:
Black or mixed peppercorns
Cumin seeds
Annatto seeds (or half a tablespoon of Achiote paste added after grinding the spices.)
Dried chilli flakes (optional – use less if you want it milder)
Dried oregano
Ground paprika. (I like smoked ground paprika)
Also include half a teaspoon of salt, this helps the grinding
I tend to use a lot more cumin and annatto and will sometimes double the amounts. They give a stronger colour and a richer earthier flavour.

*You can use already ground spices. It makes it a lot faster and easier, but it is a bit harder to balance the flavours, and the spices are tastier lightly toasted.

Condiments

2 small tomatoes, finely diced
Finely shredded lettuce
Sour cream
Hot chilli sauce
Finely sliced spring onions or chives

Spice mix method

In a small frying pan gently toast seeds and whole spices individually, they tend to make popping noise once they are ready. Set them aside to cool. Add all herbs and spices to a food processor and process until you have a fine powder, the same effect can be achieved with a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Sift the spice mix through a coarse sieve to remove any large gritty pieces from the spice mix and set aside ready for use.

Chicken Method

Heat a tablespoon on vegetable oil in a deep heavy-based frying pan. Fry off onions until nearly transparent, then add chicken and fry lightly to seal it, turn down heat and add the spice mix, add the capsicums and mix to coat the chicken thoroughly. Add about a quarter cup of stock and the tomato puree, try not to add to much liquid you need only enough to allow the chicken to simmer and simmer gently for 15 minutes.  Add a splash of wine and top up with stock to prevent the mix from drying out completely, there should only be  minimal amount of liquid which will thicken to a gravy-like consistency.  Prepare the condiments while the chicken is cooking. Add the broccoli To the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the broccoli is cooked.

Serve the Chicken in a separate bowl and assemble your Fajitas by putting the desired amounts of each filling and folding to eat.

 

Tortilla Ingredients

3/4 cup of warm milk

1 and a half teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoons of vegetable oil.

2 cups of plain flour.

Knead for two minutes, place in a bowl covered with a with damp cloth for 20 minutes, divide into small balls, 8 for big tortillas or up to sixteen for smaller ones (small works best for this fajita recipe) and leave to sit under plastic wrap for a further ten minutes. Roll into 3mm thick circles, and dust with flour set aside under a plastic until cooking. Take a flattened Tortilla and grease both sides with some vegetable oil or lard, then cook in a dry a heavy based frying pan until it puffs up a little and is toasted lightly on both sides. Be careful not to overcook or they will become crunchy. They need to be properly cooked, but still soft and able to be folded.

The tortillas will sometimes blow up like pillows, just gently push most of the air out and turn over to cook the other side.

Repeat for the other tortillas.

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