There was a knock on my door the other night. As I looked through my peephole, I saw my neighbor, Jessica, holding a bowling ball-sized plastic bag of peaches and plums. She and her husband grew up here in West Los Angeles and both sets of parents have fruit trees in their backyard. “We have so much,” she told me. “Would you like some?”
Loving summer fruit, I said, “Sure, I’ll take a few!”
“Uh… you don’t understand. Ben and I have a whole BIG bag of fruit in the house. This is for you, if you’d like them.”
You mean this wasn’t the BIG bag? I certainly wasn’t going to turn her down, so I happily took the fruit. Now, what the heck was I going to DO with all of it? Basically, it’s just me and Bobby, my other half. Oh, and my cat, Moe, who, if offered the choice of eating fruit or being snuffled by a German Shepard, would seriously have to think about it. Actually, so would Bobby.
This would mean I’d have to eat it or cook it. It just so happened that I had taken out a few chicken breasts to make some fajitas that night. I looked at the ripe peaches. I looked at the fajita ingredients. I looked at the peaches. Why not? I had to change some ingredients to make everything fit, but this is what I came up with. I think the recipe is the perfect combination of refreshing fruit and spicy Mexican flavors. Have fun with it. Try adding cilantro to the onion mix instead of using the thyme on the chicken, if you’d like. Get creative! I won’t mind. Really.
Chicken Fajitas with PeachesPrep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Servings: 4
Nutritional Breakdown per serving:
Calories: 275 Sodium: 86gr
Total Fat: 8gr Total Carbs: 31gr
Sat. Fat: 1gr Fiber: 4gr
Cholesterol: 41gr Sugar: 21gr Protein: 20gr
4 halves chicken breast
1 tsp (2g) chili powder
1 tsp (2g) ground cumin
1 tsp ground (2g) white pepper
1 tsp (2g) dried thyme
2 tbsp (14g) olive oil
3 cloves (9g) minced fresh garlic
2 large peaches, about 2 cups (154g) sliced thin
3 large sweet onions (331g) sliced thin
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeds and all (14g) chopped (more or less according to heat preference)
1/2 cup (240g) low sodium chicken broth
3 tbsp (16g) balsamic vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lime yields (44g)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the broiler. Mix the cumin, white pepper, chili powder and thyme together and coat the four chicken breasts. Broil chicken breasts, turning after about five minutes. Take out and set aside. In a large saute pan over medium heat, heat the oil and add the garlic. After one minute, add the peaches. Cook two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onions and jalapeno and stir. Cook about five minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and chicken broth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook down until onions are soft and translucent and peaches have become very soft. Add lime juice and stir. Serve with rice or beet-flavored tortillas.
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