Garlic lime chicken fajitas

This post is part of the DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker program with McCormick.

Do you ever feel like things work out just exactly as they are meant to? I feel that all the time. Like our lives are a pre-written script and we are just living it out. This freelance job I am working on right now fell into place just as Dan's summer employment was winding down, which was a huge unexpected blessing. It is so pointless to worry, isn't it? Things always fall into place. It is unbelievably difficult to remember this in the midst of worrying, though. I wish it were easier.

The fact that this recipe was the next one on my list was perfect because it was quick and easy, not to mention delicious. I literally poured a pre-measured package of spices into a bowl, courtesy of McCormick, along with a few other ingredients, to create the marinade. This week, easy was necessary. McCormick, thank you for doing a lot of the work for me!

Pre-measured spice packets are a genius idea. Read on to see how you can receive one in the mail!

Here is one of McCormick's spice packets, with the recipe included on the back. Can't get much easier than this!

I have TEN McCormick spice packets in my hands to give away to my readers! I have five Garlic Lime Chicken Fajita spice packets (as shown in this post) and five Caribbean Grilled Steak packets. The first ten commenters on this post will receive a packet in the mail, so please do not comment within the first ten unless you would like one. Please note in your comment what your preference is (Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas or Caribbean Grilled Steak), and please also send me your mailing address using the Contact button at the top of my website.

Onto the recipe!

In a medium bowl, combine:

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon minced onions

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

3/4 teaspoon oregano leaves

1/2 teaspoon cilantro leaves

1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

(If you have a McCormick spice packet, you won't need to measure out any of the above spices! Just throw them into the bowl...easy peasy!)

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix well. Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade and refrigerate.

Place 1 1/2 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips, in a large resealable bag. Add the remaining marinade and coat well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 1 day.

Cook and stir the chicken in a large heated skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. 

Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.

Add to the skillet:

1 medium green or red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

Reserved 1/4 cup of marinade from fridge

Cook and stir for approximately 5 minutes, or until tender.

Return the chicken to the skillet and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through. Spoon the chicken mixture into warmed 8-inch flour tortillas. Serve with additional toppings, if desired.

Thanks for reading! Enjoy the recipe, and a special thanks to McCormick for the wonderful spice packets!

Printable recipe: Garlic lime chicken fajitas