Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

I was in the mood for Mexican tonight and thought of one of my favorites: chicken fajitas.  I also wanted to use my slow cooker (it is Slow Cooker Sunday after all!).  So, I created this recipe (with some inspiration from here).  I decided to go with Bibb lettuce instead of the traditional tortillas (after a week of vacation, I certainly do not need the extra carbs!).  I didn’t miss the carbs at all!  The chicken was super tender and had great flavor.  The best was going out for a couple of hours and coming back to a fabulous-smelling home.  The aroma made my mouth water!

Start with the vegetables…

  • Slice up 1 red pepper, 2 green peppers, 2 onions, and 2 small jalapenos.

  • Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.

  • Add the veggies and mix well.

  • Next, trim and slice up some chicken breasts.  (I used a 2 pound package.  By the time I was finished trimming, though, there was probably 1.6 pounds left…I tend to go a little overboard with the trimming process!)

  • Spread the chicken out on the cutting board and sprinkle on the seasonings: salt, ground cumin, and chili powder.

  • Flip the chicken and season the other side.

  • Place the chicken on top of the peppers and onions.

  • Add some chicken broth.  I started with 1/2 a cup.  (I was worried and didn’t want everything to dry out, so I ended up using about 1.5 cups.  In reality, 1/2 cup would have been just fine.)

  • Slice a lime in half and squeeze its juice over the chicken.

  • Cover and cook on high for 4 to 4.5 hours (or low for 6 to 8).

  • When the chicken is almost finished, wash and dry some Bibb lettuce (if using) and set up your toppings bar.  I went with just salsa.  Cheese and sour cream would work well too.  (Again, trying to be healthier.)

Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken and peppers from the slow cooker.

When you’re ready to eat, pile some peppers and onions onto the lettuce.

Add some chicken.

Spoon on some salsa (and other topping, if using).

I recommend just a few changes for next time:

  • Add the lime juice to the chicken after the cooking process…I really couldn’t taste it.
  • Use way less liquid.  Look what I was left with:

  • Shorten the cooking time.  The peppers were a bit overdone.

Nevertheless, this meal left me completely satisfied without feeling guilty or like I needed a run on the treadmill.  Who could ask for more!  Enjoy!

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