Recipe: Fajita bowls with chipotle soured cream

I made these delicious fajita bowls (so much easier to eat than actual fajitas, and less bread) in the last lockdown before Christmas. I tried to make easy but delicious weeknight suppers so that I could continue to cook more elevated weekend dishes. Weirdly I found it really satisfying cooking weeknight suppers. I’m trying to keep it simple without it being boring and this fajita bowl fits that brief perfectly.

Feel free to play with the toppings. You could add salsa, pico de gallo, refried beans, pickled jalapeños, corn, you name it. I used what I had to hand! But I highly recommend the chipotle soured cream – it’s so good!

Fajita bowls with chipotle soured cream, serves 2

1 flour tortilla, cut into six triangles

2 tbsp salted butter

2 portions of rice, cooked according to the instructions on the packet

1 medium onion or large shallot, sliced thinly

1 pepper, sliced into thin strips

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

5 chicken thigh fillets, trimmed of fat and gnarly bits and cut into strips

olive oil for frying

3 tsp smoked paprika

3 tsp cumin

2 tsp onion granules

2 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper

1 tsp lemon or lime juice

Toppings:

approx 4 tbsp grated cheese

1 tomato, chopped

1/2-1 avocado, cubed

a small bunch chopped coriander

200 ml soured cream

1-1 1/2 tsp chipotle paste

Start by adding the butter to a frying pan and place it on medium-low heat. Fry the tortilla bread until golden on both sides. Place on kitchen towel to drain and set aside.

Add a generous pouring of olive oil into the pan and turn the temperature up to medium. Fry the onion/shallots and peppers until soft and just starting to brown, while stirring occasionally, approx 5 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for another minute or so. Transfer to a bowl. Pour more oil into the pan and add half the chicken. Let it brown and cook for a few minutes, then add salt and pepper and half the spices. Transfer to the onion and pepper bowl and fry the remaining chicken in the same way.

Add all the chicken, peppers and onions to the pan and cook for a few more minutes to make sure the chicken is cooked through. Taste, adjust the seasoning and add the lemon or lime juice. Set aside.

Mix soured cream with chipotle paste in a bowl and add salt to taste.

Start building your bowl with warm rice in the bottom. Add the chicken, tomato, avocado, grated cheese, chipotle soured cream and coriander. Lastly add three fried tortilla triangles to each bowl.

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