of beef fajitas has encouraged many variations, including chicken.
This spectacular chicken dish may be served as an appetizer course for
an elegant dinner party or as an entree for casual entertaining.
Three tomato salsa
tomato and green
Guacamole or avocado
1 cup safflower oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 cup lime juice
Freshly cracked black pepper
3 serrano chilies, halved
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 chicken breasts, boned and split, with skin
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons oil
24 flour tortillas, preferably homemade or 8 pita
1 head Bibb lettuce, rinsed and dried
8 sprigs fresh cilantro, with long stems, for garnish
1 lime, cut in half
Prepare relish accompaniments and guacamole and
refrigerate for up to 2 hours, Combine the marinade ingredients in a
shallow glass dish. Place the chicken breasts in the marinade, turn
over, and let marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, no longer.
Remove chicken breasts from the marinade;
reserve the marinade. Heat the butter and oil in a large sauté pan or
skillet. Add the chicken breasts and sauté 3 minutes per side, until
medium rare. The center portion should be slightly pink. Remove the
chicken from the pan and cut away the skin. Cut chicken into strips
approximately 1/2 inch wide.
Preheat the oven to 400° F. Warm the tortillas
or pita breads in the oven.
Put two small lettuce leaves on the edge of each
plate. Fill each with a spoonful of salsa or guacamole. Remove
tortillas or pita from oven and divide among the plates. Garnish each
plate with a long-stemmed sprig of cilantro.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle on the stove over
high heat. Combine melted butter with 2 tablespoons of the marinade.
Place the chicken strips on the hot griddle, turn once, then pour the
butter marinade over them. Bring the griddle sizzling to the table and
squeeze the lime juice over the chicken. Advise your guests to use the
tortillas or pita bread to enclose the chicken and some salsa or
chicken breasts may be grilled instead of sautéed if more convenient.
For more flavor, brush them with chili-cilantro basting pesto while
grilling. Cook 3 minutes on each side.