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Grilled Chicken Fajita Bar

Posted by Peggy on August 21, 2009

Grilled Chicken Fajita Bar
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Fajita Bar

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 12 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 3 red peppers
  • 3-4 ripe avocados
  • 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2-3 packages (8-10 inch) tortillas (about 24-30 tortillas)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups fresh or prepared salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped hot peppers, such as jalapeno, poblano or serrano
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 4 cups thinly sliced lettuce
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, such as cheddar or pepper jack (optional)
  • 2 large sweet onions, cut into 1/2-inch slices

Instructions

  1. To make a chicken rub, combine sugar, salt, cumin and cayenne. Rub both sides of chicken breasts with rub. (May be done up to 3 hours in advance.)
  2. To make roasted red peppers, place whole peppers over a high flame, roasting on all sides until blackened. Steam at least 15 minutes in a paper bag, remove, and when cool enough to handle, remove loose blackened skin. (I don't wash the skin off with water as it removes alot of the flavor from the roasted pepper flesh.) Remove pepper top, membranes and seeds and cut into slices.
  3. To make guacamole, slice avocado in half and remove pit. With a spoon, remove flesh from avocado. Place in a bowl and smash with a fork until just blended. Add 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Taste and add additional lime juice and kosher salt to taste.
  4. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill to medium heat.
  5. Place cilantro, salsa, sour cream, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese, if using, in individual bowls.(This can be done several hours in advance.)
  6. Grill onion slices and chicken 7-9 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink (170˚), and onion is tender. Wrap tortillas loosely in foil in packages of 10 and place on grill to heat while chicken cooks. (You can also stack tortillas on a plate, cover in saran, and microwave in 15 second intervals until tortillas are warm.)
  7. Separate grilled onion slices into rings and place in a bowl. Let grilled chicken sit for 5 minutes then slice into strips. Place in a bowl. Arrange bowls of vegetables, chicken and warm fajitas on fajita bar and invite your guests to assemble their fajitas.

Prep Time (not taking any short cuts): 2 hours

Grilling Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 12-16

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