19 February 2013

East Meets Tex-Mex With a Naked Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl Topped with Yogurt-Avocado Sauce


Naked Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl with Yogurt-Avocado Sauce

Tomorrow I will be on the road, travelling across the border and into the States. I am attending an event in the southern portion of the valley in the evening so thought I would "kill two birds with one stone" and put in a few hours of shopping time. Of course when I say shopping I am referring to grocery shopping since I would much rather hit the aisles than shop for clothes or shoes. And yes I am a woman in case you question my sanity. 


When I shop in the States I am usually looking for Mexican ingredients that are just not available here as well as those precious bags of King Arthur flour. Last night I cooked up a delicious fajita rice bowl similar to what we find at chains like The Wrap Zone and based on a recipe from Fuss Free Cooking. It was a sure fire winner, quick, easy, low in carbs and high in nutrition! Topped with a tasty avocado yogurt sauce this was the best meal of the week.


**Naked Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl with Yogurt-Avocado Sauce**

1 onion, sliced
1 red, green or orange bell pepper , deseeded and cut into strips
2 tablespoons cooking oil
20g (0.7 ounce) Fajitas Spice Mix 
300g (11 ounces) pre-sliced chicken breasts strips
1 cup Jasmine rice
1 cucumber, thinly sliced

Yogurt-Avocado Sauce

4 tablespoons Greek Yogurt
1 small avocado
1 small clove of garlic, peeled and rough chopped
1 pinch of salt
Juice from 1/2 a lime
About 2 – 3 tablespoons water
Freshly ground black pepper
Chili flakes to taste (optional)

Cook rice according to package directions. While the rice is cooking, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, add 2 tablespoons cooking oil and the fajita spice mix. Stir to combine. Add the chicken strips coating every piece well. Set aside for a few moments to marinate.

To prepare the sauce: Add all the sauce ingredients (except for salt and pepper) in a small food processor and blitz until smooth. Alternatively use a stick blender. Add more water if you prefer a more diluted consistency. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Sprinkle with some chili flakes if you care to. Set aside in the fridge while you prepare the chicken fajitas.

Preheat a pan/wok until fairly hot. Add the chicken mixture to the pan and cook on high heat until the chicken are golden brown and the spice coating appears to be caramelized a little. Turn the chicken on the other side and let them cook until the other side is just cooked through. Then add the onion and peppers and sauté on high heat until the onion is slightly translucent and slightly softened.

To serve: In a medium sized bowl, add rice and top with chicken mixture and slices of cucumber. Finish off with a drizzle of the avocado-yogurt sauce and a small wedge of lime.

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22 comments:

  1. That looks so good! Fusion food is so scrumptious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. This bowl contains some of my favorite things! I hope you have a successful "shopping" trip. I take King Arthur flour for granted. It's on every grocers' shelf around here.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. Wow, this looks delicious, Val. Lots of flavor and healthy at the same time. Have fun stocking up on essentials that you can't find at home.

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  4. I remember how pleased I was when King Arthur flour showed up on the shelves of my local grocery store. No more driving to Whole Foods to get it. Hope you have a successful shopping trip...and not all food-oriented.
    Your Fajita Rice Bowl looks marvelous and so does the yogurt topping...great presentation on that hat, BTW! I'm so bad at presentation. Never would have dreamed of using a hat! Love it!

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  5. Val, I would do the same thing, hit the grocery stores. Would much rather shop for Groceries than anything else. (except maybe a good wine store).

    Have fun.

    ~Ann

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  6. I would dig in that dish, looks yummy! Have fun on your trip!

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  7. I can never get enough of MExican-infused foods...this fajita bowl looks awesome!

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  8. Yum, yum, yum! Love everything about this -- especially how healthy it is. Definitely healthier than some of the stuffed burritos I can find around here. And if there's ever an ingredient you want, let me know. We have it all here and I'm happy to send it your way!

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  9. Thanks Kelly. The border is 2 hours away and it gives me an excuse for a road trip. If I can't find something I will let you know for sure.

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  10. MM that sounds good..I will look for the fajita spice mix..hope you didn't buy it in the states:)
    We are twins..give me groceries..ok and TJ Maxx:)and TARGET!
    LOVE cross border shopping..
    Love EUROPE food shopping the best though!
    Our border is 1.5 hrs away for ordinary..over two for a bit better..
    so it's kind of a day thing~:)

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  11. The fajita mix in by El Paso or other companies as well, easy to find here in Canada:D

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  12. Great combination of flavors in this tasty dish!

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  13. You packed a lot of flavor into that bowl, Val. It looks delicious and you've succeeded in making me hungry. I hope your shopping expedition is successful. Have a great time. Blessings...Mary

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  14. I love the simplicity of a stripped down fajita.

    I do admit to loving clothes and shoes shopping, but I loves me the specialty foods too. I still remember a certain grocery store in Sienna where I wanted to try almost everything. I am very excited to be sampling Napa's liquid offerings on my upcoming San Francisco trip.

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  15. that sauce is glorious, val! excellent meal. :)

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  16. Yum! That looks delicious. I'm always looking for a creamy sauce I can put with my salad/fajitas/tacos in place of sour cream and this is just it! Thank you :)

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  17. This looks delicious! It would be a perfect weeknight meal.
    Living in Canada, I share your pain over King Arthur flour. But I've never considered bringing some back over the border. Is it really that good, that you'd buy it in the US and stock up?

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    1. There are good flours in Canada of course. I like Rogers. King Arthur was the first flour I discovered that was unbleached. Without doing a side by side test I don't know if King Arthur is better but others swear by it. It would be an interesting to test this theory.

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  18. Love the avocado/yoghurt sauce Val! The whole meal look delish! enjoy your trip!

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  19. love these waffles Val, look amazing and delicious and love the pictures!1

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  20. Gorgeous flavours in this dish! It looks delicious.

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  21. Looks amazing.

    I can relate to the food shopping in the States . . . we always have an ongoing list on the fridge for our next visit. Like you, Mexican/Hispanic items are generally on it (although I could get it in Toronto if I only explored a bit more . . .)

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Welcome to my home. Thank you so much for choosing to stay a while and for sharing our lives through food. I appreciate all your comments, suggestions, daily encouragement and support.

Val

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