Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

These chicken fajitas are ridiculously easy to prepare and bake in the oven. Seriously, I made these fajitas, ate them, and cleaned up the mess in my kitchen before work this afternoon, and I am NOT motivated before work! I’ve watched the recipe float around Facebook for awhile, and my mom has made these several times and raves about them. When I decided I wanted to make them, I couldn’t find the recipe so I took to pinterest. I did find it there where someone uploaded a screencap from Facebook. I have no idea where the original recipe came from, so if you recognize it, please let me know so that I can properly credit the source!

As you can see, I served these up with a couple of tortillas and some spanish rice. I used the one from Lipton’s sides collections, but feel free to make your own if you are motivated! I also left out the onions entirely because I am not a fan. Not pictured, the bit of sour cream that I added. These were SO good guys! I think my favorite way to serve these up in the future will be with some lettuce and sour cream in a tortilla. Simple and delicious!

I also submitted this post to an online potluck, so click on over there to see a bunch of other awesome recipe ideas!

Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas
Source: Unknown

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 (15oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (such as Rotel)
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into strips

Place chicken strips in a greased 13×9 baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine the oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, and season salt. Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and stir to coat. Add the tomatoes, peppers and onions to the dish and stir to combine.
Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are done.

Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

Lemon “Brownies”

Lemon Brownies

Lemon seems to be one of those things that you either love or you hate. I happen to LOOOOVE lemon. The more lemon the better. Lemon bars? Yes, please. New lemon flavored Oreos? Sign me up. I was heartbroken when Little Debbie’s lemon bars disappeared from the shelves.

So when I ran across these lemon brownies in my internet travels, I immediately bumped them to the top of my “to make” list. I made them last night, and I really should have waited until the last of my days off so that I could take them to work and have my coworkers help me eat them. Yeah… I’ve made a really good dent in that batch all by myself.

I feel like these should be called blondies because, duh, they aren’t brown, but who cares what they are called when they taste so good? It’s a lovely cake-like lemon “brownie” base with a nice tart lemon glaze that just bumps them up over the top. Too often, I eat a lemon dessert and declare it good, but I wish it was more lemony. The glaze ensures that is not a problem with these!

Though I do have to mention… the recipe I found calls for a total of 4.5 teaspoons of lemon zest, and the instructions state to zest and and juice two small lemons. I don’t know if I’m just WAY too timid of a zester or what (I am pretty paranoid about zesting too much and getting the bitter part), but I did NOT get that much lemon zest out of just two small lemons.

Lemon Brownies

Lemon “Brownies”
Source: Bakergirl

Brownies
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Lemon Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Zest and juice two small lemons; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixture fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the flour, sugar, salt, and softened butter until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice until combined. Pour into the flour mixture and beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.

Pour into baking dish and bake for 25 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before glazing.

When brownies are cooled completely, make the glaze by whisking together all three ingredients. Spread over the brownies with a rubber spatula, cut into bars, and serve!

Lemon Brownies

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Pizza Grilled Cheese

As promised, here is the idea that I originally looked up the recipe for Homemade Garlic Bread Spread for: Pizza grilled cheese sandwiches. If you’re around the internet much, you’ve probably seen several versions of this. Which is why this is less of a recipe than it is just a suggestion of “hey, try this out!” (Apologies for the quality of the photos… I made this for dinner one evening, and there’s no sunlight at dinnertime in Indiana in January so I just snapped a couple of pics in the kitchen.)

You can make this much the same way as you would make a traditional grilled cheese sandwich. I used 2 slices of mozzarella cheese, and about half a serving of mini pepperoni.

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Then, I used the garlic bread spread on the outside of the assembled sandwich in the place of regular butter.

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Grill it up in a pan, low and slow, the same way you would a traditional grilled cheese sandwich. I served mine up with some jarred marinara pizza sauce on the side for dipping. You wouldn’t go wrong to put a little on the inside of the sandwich also. I suggest serving this up with a small salad on the side to round out a pretty decent meal! Let me know if you try this out, and I hope you enjoy!

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