Chicken-Pineapple Fajitas

When I was at BYU, I went to Mexico for a couple of weeks on a study-abroad, learning Spanish, and I remember the food I ate there, like it was yesterday. First up, they told us NOT to eat food from the streets–which is exactly where my host family took me on my first night there…. and of course, I got pretty sick. I was relieved when they served me some milk, because it was actually something I was familiar with, and then when it tasted like pure sugar water I realized it wasn’t actually milk–but rather horchata (a sweet rice milk) and I was NOT a fan! Then they gave me some coconut, which I thought would be delicious–until they covered it with lime juice, salt and chilli!

Then my host family served me for breakfast: a bowl of oatmeal, a banana, eggs, tortillas, some kind of meat and that gross horchata stuff, and made sure I ate ALL of it, which combined with the Mexican heat–just made me feel REALLY sick all over again! So, my first experiences with eating REAL Mexican food, were just bad! And then I moved to Mattawa….

Mattawa is 90% hispanic (according to wikipedia) so, there is a lot of authentic Mexican food here. The most decent places to eat out are the places that serve authentic Mexican food, there are taco trucks, tortillarillas, and lots of Mexican ingredients sold at the local supermarket and farmer’s market– and yet, I am having a really hard time acquiring Mexican food because of my bad experiences in Mexico!!

My husband’s family teases me, because they grew up eating authentic Mexican food, and love it, and I grew up in England, where we never eat it! Until recently, I didn’t even know how to eat a taco with my hands!

But, I have decided… it’s time for me to start learning how to cook some really awesome Mexican dishes. Okay, pineapple-chicken fajitas are probably nowhere near authentic, but i’m starting out slow with American-Mexican food, until I can work my way up to the real stuff…. and i’m sure there are plenty of people around here who know some awesome recipes!

For now, here is this recipe. My husband asked me: “did you make this up?” and when I asked him why, he said: “because it has ‘Sarah-special’ written all over it!” I’m not sure if that was meant as a compliment or not, but i’ll take it! These were SO delicious, and my whole family LOVED them!! (Which is saying something, because my kiddos never eat anything I make them!)

8 6-inch flour tortillas
6 1-inch slices peeled fresh pineapple
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Lb. skinless chicken breasts, halved lengthways
2 medium red or yellow bell peppers
2 tsp. jamaican jerk or mexican seasoning
2 tsp. olive oil
Fresh cilantro, lime wedges and sour cream to serve

Preheat the grill to medium heat (350degF). Rub the pineapple slices with brown sugar and cinnamon and cook for 2-3 minutes per side Season the chicken with your favorite rub. I had a Mexican Seasoning mix on hand which worked perfectly, but a Jamaican Jerk Seasoning would work great too Grill the chicken 4-5 minutes per side at 350degF, or until no longer pink in the center Cut into strips Preheat the oven to 350degF. Wrap the tortillas in tin foil and place in the oven to warm Slice the bell peppers into quarters, trimming the edges to make as flat as possible (for grilling). Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 4-5 minutes on both sides, until softened and slightly charred Cut some lime wedges and cilantro.

To assemble the fajitas, spoon some sour cream on the warmed tortilla, then pile the chicken, peppers, pineapple, cilantro on top (and cheddar cheese if desired) then squeeze fresh lime juice on top
Serve with cilantro-lime riceP.S. If anyone has any awesome, authentic Mexican recipes, I want to try them!! I will be on the lookout for some! Until then, I have a few more delicious tex-mex recipes to share this week, so visit back, and as usual…

Enjoy! <3 Sarah