I’m raising a skewer of Fajita Chicken Kebabs high into the air and calling for a change in dialogue. Why must we always “man” the grill? I hereby decree that we “woman” it too!
Although I don’t consider myself a feminist in the bra-burning definition of the term, I am all for equal opportunity behind the coals. Whether by design or default, whenever I attend a backyard barbecue, it always seems to be the men who rush to the grill and the women who handle the accompanying sides/desserts. Even at home, whenever we grill, Ben insists on being the one to “man” the flame. I rarely disagree, since it’s the one occasion he cooks, with the exception of Valentine’s Day.
Still, I was beginning to feel a grill-shaped void in my cooking repertoire. After all, why shouldn’t I be able to hold a spatula and master the flame? Move over boys—I’m armed with Fajita Chicken Kebabs, and I’m ready to take over the tongs.
If you’ve been intimated to try grilling, I’m thrilled to now say from experience: basic grilling is a snap! Though I am going to need more practice before I’m willing to risk the integrity of a full rack of ribs or beef tenderloin, these juicy, fajita-inspired chicken kebabs were my first attempt, and they could not have been any simpler or more delicious. Ben walked me through how to light the gas over the phone, and fewer than 10 minutes later, I was pulling these bright beauties off the grill and onto a plate.
You know that feeling of jealousy you have when you detect the tantalizing smell and unmistakable hiss of fajitas being delivered to the guy two tables down at the Mexican restaurant? The one that makes you smack your forehead and think, “Why didn’t I order fajitas too?” These Fajita Chicken Kebabs put restaurant-guy’s fajitas to shame. They have the same sizzle for a fraction of the price and are brighter, fresher, and healthier too. A quick 30 minutes of marinade time are all you need (spices + lime juice—easy!) though you can certainly prep the chicken up to 24 hours in advance for maximum dinner speed.
For an extra layer of flavor, in lieu of plain chicken, I started with black pepper garlic marinated chicken breasts that I picked up from my local Pick ‘n Save grocery store. The nearest store is only two minutes from my house, so I’m in almost every day, to the extent that I’m getting concerned that the cashiers might have a nickname for me. (“Hey, it’s Child’s Sized Packers Sweatshirt Girl—again.”) The marinated chicken breasts come in a wide range of flavors that taste great on their own (the Greek chicken is a favorite of ours), and they also make an excellent starting point for building other flavors, like in the case of today’s Fajita Chicken Kebabs. If you live in the Milwaukee area and haven’t tried them yet, Pick ‘n Save is running a special from now to June 17th where you can trade in points earned on all grocery purchases for a range of chicken, burgers, and steak. Free meat? Yes please!
We enjoyed these Fajita Chicken Kebabs with a simple side of brown rice and the same easy black bean recipe from my 10 Minute Black Bean Tostadas. Add avocado, salsa, and sour cream (or swap plain Greek yogurt), and you have a chicken fajita feast that sizzles. In authentic fajita style, Ben stuffed his grilled chicken and veggies inside tortillas, but I found the kebabs totally satisfying on their own.
One final, burning question: Is it more appropriate to refer to a woman as “Grill Master” or “Grill Mistress?” Please discuss—I can’t decide which to put on my future apron.
Fajita-style chicken grilled on skewers with veggies. A delicious chicken kebab recipe that's easy to make and sure to please!
Yield: Serves 4
Total Time: 1 hour (includes marinating time)
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