Cilantro Chicken Fajitas with Pan-Fried Plantains

Cilantro Chicken Fajitas with Fried Plantains - a healthy, easy paleo and gluten-free meal that is perfect for weeknights! | healthynibblesandbits.com

I’m a food blogger who’s quite awful at meal prep. I often forget to let the butter soften at room temperature before making cookies . . . I never remember to defrost the meat in the fridge overnight . . . There’s always a critical recipe ingredient that I forget to pick up at the grocery store. Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Being on the Whole30 changed my ways a little. There will always be that one food stinking item I forget at the store, but I’m more on top of my game when it comes to food prep. The thing is, I have to. I can’t rely on buying something for lunch at work or ordering takeout for dinner and expect the food to be Whole30 compliant. In other words, either I cook or starve. Okay, maybe not that dramatic, but there’s a touch of truth to that statement.

That’s why at 6am in the morning, you’ll find me roasting potatoes for lunch and dinner, and at 10pm, you’ll actually see me marinading meat. Look at me, I feel a bit more like a grown-up now.

Cilantro Chicken Fajitas with Fried Plantains - a healthy, easy paleo and gluten-free meal that is perfect for weeknights! | healthynibblesandbits.com

This chicken fajitas recipe is made for people like me. The prep is short and sweet. Just blend ingredients into a nice green marinade, rub up some breasts, stick it in the fridge, and grill those breasts. And for those of you who, like me, might forget to prep the chicken the night before, you can do a quick 30-minute marinade before cooking.

I adapted this recipe from Elise, and I love the trick she uses to finish her chicken. When the breasts are done, stack them and cover them in aluminum foil before cooking the vegetables and plantains. Not only does the foil help keep the chicken breasts warm, but it also preserves the juiciness of the meat.

Get ready for some delicious chicken, friends!

Cilantro Chicken Fajitas with Fried Plantains - a healthy, easy paleo and gluten-free meal that is perfect for weeknights! | healthynibblesandbits.com

Cilantro Chicken Fajitas with Pan-Fried Plantains

Juicy, flavorful cilantro chicken fajitas are paired with vegetables and pan-fried plantains. This is a great easy weeknight meal! Serves 4.

22 minCook Time

22 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Chicken
  • 1 to 1 1/4 pounds (450 to 550g) thin-cut chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (about 1/3 of a bunch)
  • 3 TBS lime juice
  • 2 TBS cashew cream (sour cream or yogurt if not paleo)
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt, more for seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • Vegetables
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced bell peppers (about 1 1/2 large peppers)
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • salt for seasoning
  • Plantains
  • 2 yellow plantains with black spots
  • 2 TBS coconut oil
  • salt for seasoning

Instructions

  1. If you are working with large chicken breasts, you want to slice them across so that you get around 1/2-inch thick pieces.
  2. Blend cilantro, lime juice, cashew cream (or sour cream/yogurt), olive oil, chili powder, cumin, salt, ancho chile powder, and garlic powder until smooth. In a bowl, marinade chicken with the sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. If you are pressed for time, you can marinade the chicken for 30 minutes.
  3. When you are ready to cook the chicken, wipe off most of the excess marinade and season chicken breasts with a pinch of salt.
  4. Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Place two chicken breast onto the skillet and cook each side for 3 to 4 minutes. When the chicken breasts are done, stack them and wrap in foil while you cook the remaining chicken breasts, vegetables, and plantains.
  5. To cook the vegetables, add an 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and add all the vegetables with a pinch of salt. Sauté vegetables for 3 minutes. Serve on a plate.
  6. To prepare the plantains, peel each plantain and chop them into 5 or 6 sections that are about 1 inch wide. Slice each section in half.
  7. In a sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat. Place the plantains on the pan, cut side down. Cook and flip the plantain pieces until most sides are a deep golden brown.
  8. Slice up the chicken breasts and enjoy with the vegetables and plantains!
Recipe Type: gluten-free, paleo, dinner

Notes

1. Adapted from Simply Recipes .

2. The flavor of the fajitas tastes better when the chicken marinades overnight, but the 30-minute marinade is a great option when you are pressed for time. If you are doing the 30-minute version, I suggest adding another tablespoon of lime juice so that the flavor gets to the chicken.

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30 thoughts on “Cilantro Chicken Fajitas with Pan-Fried Plantains

    1. Lisa Post author
      It really is!! The worst is when I'm allll the way home and realize that I left out an ingredient. Shopping lists don't always do the trick for me either!
      Reply
  1. Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen
    Okay this recipe is awesome. And kudos to you for trying out the Whole 30! I'm not sure if I could ever survive that challenge...which makes it that much more enticing to me lol Anyways my roomate and I are planning a girls dinner this weekend and honestly I feel like this chicken dinner would be perfect! Nice and light to go with some prosecco/wine :) P.S. How excited are you for blog bruleee :))
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    1. Lisa Post author
      Haha, the Whole30 is coming along much better than I thought! Winner winner, chicken dinner...so I say go for it! And yes, excited to meet you in a bit over a month!
      Reply
    1. Lisa Post author
      Danae, I can't tell you how many quick defrost/butter softening tricks I've tried already! I just need to be more organized!
      Reply
  2. Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    Ok yu are so speaking my language. I don't eat out, so lunch is constantly being prepped and honestly doing some of the work the night before or even over the weekend makes that so much easier! And you feel so much better eating this way! I love those plantains, I could eat them all!! I make a similar dish with shrimp, since I don't do chicken. Never thought to add plantains though - genius!
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    1. Lisa Post author
      Yea, I've been cooking all my meals for years now, and I've come to realize that I enjoy my own cooking so much more. Shrimp sounds fabulous, too!
      Reply
  3. rachel@ Athletic Avocado
    This sounds like absolute perfection!!! I am a huge fan of cilantro, fajitas and plaintans, reminds me of the fresh cooked mexican food my mexican friend's family served me when I went to visit them in Arizona, Yum! :)
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    1. Lisa Post author
      Hahaha, Alice, don't do it! Just enjoy your muffins and cheese for now! Maybe post-holiday season, we can think about doing it again...
      Reply
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