5/8/10

crazy chicken fajitas

Not really your average chicken fajitas; kicked up a few notches with the addition of horsey sauce and onion straws. I love chicken fajitas and need to make them with a sauce or two. First a good base sauce/marinade should be the coating on the chicken or beef, then a sauce to go over the fillings of the fajitas, and finally a relish or salsa on the side for extra dipping pleasure. I need the extra dipping pleasure....I love my sauces.
But first I want to say congrats to Joanne over at eats well with others. She was the lucky winner of the $50.00 gift card to Williams Sonoma. Congrats Joanne. Let us know what you got at Williams Sonoma. I know I can easily drop about $2000.00 in that store in the blink of an eye. What kind of giveaway should we have next? I love to hear all ideas....

I also want to say thank you to the la times for featuring my giant quarter pound double chocolate cookies on their blog. That was wonderful--many thanks Renee.

crazy chicken fajitas
by dawn finicane
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marinade
2 boneless chicken breasts, sliced into strips thinly
3 TB fresh lemon juice
salt & pepper
2 cloves garlic, crushed

veggies for fajitas
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, and thinly sliced/or diced

sauce for chicken
1 TB olive oil
2 TB Worcestershire sauce
2 TB dark brown sugar
1 TB crushed garlic
1-2 limes (juice of)

combine all marinade ingredients in a plastic bag, seal and let marinade for a couple hours or more.
when ready to use, heat skillet or grill, lightly oil with olive oil. discard the marinade and cook thoroughly. set aside. in same pan grill up all the veggies until they have a nice color to them and a bit of char. you might need a bit more olive oil. remove veggies from pan. in same pan to make the sauce add in the garlic, let it cook a couple minutes, add in the lime juice, add in the dark brown sugar, get up the little bits from pan, then add in the worcestershire sauce. add the chicken and veggies back in the pan and coat well. serve on warm tortillas. add the horsey sauce or whatever you wish. I served this with some sweet pepper relish from stonewall kitchen or you could use corn relish--that works very well too. I made some onion straws to put on top of these and to devour half by myself as well. or you could use crispy shallots.

horsey sauce
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup grated horseradish
1 ts of white wine or vinegar

In a small bowl stir together the sour cream, heavy cream, wine, and horseradish.
Makes about 1 ½ cups sauce; you can halve this or even quarter this recipe.

onion straws
by guy fieri

2 cups canola oil
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 sweet onion (Maui or Vidalia)

For the onion straws: In a medium sauce pot, heat the oil to 350 degrees. Whisk the egg and milk in a medium bowl. Mix the flour, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper in another medium bowl. Cut the onion in half, then slice into 1-inch-thick half rings; separate into short straw-like pieces. Add to the milk mixture to soak. Once the oil is hot enough, remove the onions from the milk mixture, shake off excess and dredge in the flour mixture, 4 or 5 pieces at a time. Add to the pot and fry until golden brown; transfer to paper towels to drain.

crispy shallots
semi-adapted from barefoot contessa

1 cup light olive oil
3 tb unsalted butter
5 to 6 shallots, sliced into medium-thin rings

Heat the oil and unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it reaches about 250 degrees F. Reduce the heat a bit then add the shallots. I did this in two batches. You really do not want to crowd the pan at all. The shallots will brown perfectly if they have plenty of room in the hot oil to swim and get happy. Cook until nice and brown. Make sure to stir the shallots once in a while to get all sides brown. Once down remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon, and drain, then place on paper towels. They should stay at room temp., don't put them in the fridge as they will go soft and lose all that nice crispiness.
Should make less than ½ cup.

40 comments:

  1. I love it....YUM! I really like the horsey sauce & onions!!!

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  2. Crispy shallots, for real? I love it!

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  3. Fajitas are my favorite smell when we are in a restaurant-I don't know what it is, but the drool starts forming as soon as I hear the sizzle.....

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  4. congrats on the la times mention! not that i'm surprised!

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  5. The onion straws is such a great idea!

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  6. La times huh? You high glass now girl!!! HAAAAAYYYYY!
    Congrats that is awesome!

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  7. The fajitas sound terrific with this sauce and onion straws, yummy!

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  8. Thanks again for the prize! I am so excited for it! I've already started scoping out the Williams-Sonoma website...a dangerous place for a foodie to be for sure.

    These fajitas look delicious! I love the sauces that you made to go along with them.

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  9. Those fajitas look really good! I still have some leftover homemade tortillas. . .

    Congratulations Joanne! I really like the idea of a gift certificate. That way, you don't have to do the shipping, and we can chose what we want. Just a little request: I don't use facebook or twitter, so I can't be a fan or tweet about giveaways. Would you consider an alternative?

    Thank you!
    Adriana

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  10. Se ven deliciosas. Un saludo

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  11. saucy, spicy, and crunchy--these are some tempting fageetas, dawn. i like that you don't mess around--it's good stuff, and that's that. :)

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  12. Crispy shallots? onion straws??? I want!

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  13. Wow, a lot of flavor going on there!

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  14. I am crazily in love with this fajitas. :p

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  15. Semi-adapted is much better than "semi-homemade" I say!

    Crispy shallots win me over too and that chicken looks succulent too!

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  16. Seriously, who doesn't love Mexican food? Deliciousness. I bet the onion straws really added to the dish. Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!

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  17. Those are definitely ABOVE average fajitas!

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  18. Drool. Dawn, these look absolutely delicious! Oh my- my kind of dish!

    How wonderful to get mentioned in the LA Times. Very cool. You have many wonderful things to look at Dawn.

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  19. Yum!! Crisp shallots. Mmmm...

    also, totally awesome on the LA times mention. I remember you posting that on FB. Freakin' Aweseom, Dawn!!!

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  20. I adore crispy shallots! Like candy. These look freaking fantastic, as always. Yum!!

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  21. Congrats on the LA Times. You are the big time!

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  22. Wow! These look incredible!! I can't wait to give these a shot - yum!!!!

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  23. This fajita sure does look crazy...crazy good that is!!!

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  24. Holy lord - this is like food porn heaven!

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  25. I was literally telling my sister two days ago how much I am craving fajitas. You're just fanning the flames. Congrats again for the LA times mention!

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  26. That's a lot of filling for the fajitas! Looks very delicious with the lovely sauce and onion straws.

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  27. Congrats on being published in their blog!! Yeah! Hoeray!

    This meal loooks fantastic, dear Dawn!! Everything is cooked to perfection!!


    MMMMMMM,...all tha way!

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  28. Oboy, just thinking about the jalapeno-on-chicken action is making me salivate...

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  29. Did you save me some? Just send me a vat of that horsey sauce and I'll be good.

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  30. I love the addition of horsey sauce. Can't wait to try it.

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  31. You KNOW how much I love Mexican food so you have to KNOW how much I want these fajitas. The crispy onion straws just made my heart flutter... you are brilliant Dawn.

    Congrats on the LA Times feature - you rock!

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  32. I can't resist to this fabulous fajita!

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  33. Wow, what a great and rich chicken fajitas...looks absolutely delicious.

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  34. I completely LOVE your crazy concoctions, Dawn! We are gonna have to make a date to cook together!

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  35. Can you tell me what recipe is the picture on your header?

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  36. wow you made your own onion straws? love it. i also love fajitas, but i don't think i've ever made them?? need to rectify that!

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  37. I would go CRAZY over those crazy chicken fajitas. Hopefully, they don't send me to the loony bin after I pig out on them. ;)

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  38. I want these now!!! The onion straws make them extra AWESOME!

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