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Effortless Meals – Easy Chicken Fajitas

Effortless Meals! These easy chicken fajitas make back to school mealtime a breeze.

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This is such a busy time of the year.  The summer is over, kids are heading back to school and there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be done.  Fortunately, we have a great helper to get us through this busy patch – Walmart’s Effortless meals.

Their tasty Marketside rotisserie chicken meals,  and their Marketside Pizzas make short work of dinner, so that one can get crossed of the list in a hurry. Both are great choices, but for tonight’s meal their rotisserie chicken is going to be the star in my easy chicken fajitas recipe.These easy chicken fajitas make use of rotisserie chicken to have them on the table in about 20 minutes. So good too!

You can even use the rotisserie chicken container in some gardening ways later.  Check out my rotisserie chicken mini terrarium for a few ideas.

Effortless meals.  Isn’t that a catchy name?  The idea of it makes me feel all relaxed and zen, instead of frazzled and ]hectic from the thought of what to put on the table tonight.  

I use rotisserie chickens all the time.  A great bonus for me, since I live in NC, where we still can get really hot days – even in September, is that I don’t have to heat up my kitchen as much in the evening.   Add in a container of their Marketside potato salad, (all dressed up with a few tasty extras) and a bottle of Diet coke and you’ve got a meal that the family will love, even though you spent such a little amount of time preparing it.  More time to spend with the kids, plus a great tasting meal. What is not to love?

Easy Chicken Fajitas with Walmart Effortless MealsSome tips for effortless fajitas meals:

  • Take shortcuts where you can.  Cooked rotisserie chickens can be used in so many recipes and are perfect for fajitas.
  • Split the tasks.  Chopping up the veggies and making the marinade early in the day makes the evening task so much easier.
  • Don’t want to chop?  Purchase packages of peppers and onions already sliced for fajitas.
  • Don’t like to prepare fresh jalapeno peppers?  Canned make it easy and taste just fine.

Tonight I am looking at the world through Mexican colored glasses.  Lean strips of chicken breast, colorful bell peppers and onions served sizzling hot with warm tortillas. Doesn’t this sound (and look!) like your idea of delicious?Ingredients for fajitas

Chicken fajitas…  One of my family’s favorite meals.  My husband and daughter always order chicken fajitas when we go out to a Mexican restaurant.  They’d be quite happy if I cooked them every night I think! 

And with this easy meal, there is no reason that I could not do so!  They are so easy to prepare.  Especially when the chicken is already cooked.  The list of ingredients might look long, but it’s mainly a combination of spices.  That means no pounding chicken to make it thin, marinating it for hours and then cooking and preparing it before you add the sizzling veggies.  These fajitas are one big bowl of Mexican love, just ready to have a party in your mouth! All that needs doing with the chicken is to slice the white meat thinly, slice up some onions and peppers, and make a little marinade with lime juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder and a can of jalapeno peppers.   Takes all of 10 minutes and we are good to go.chopping the veggies

Cooking tip:  Make the marinade, and chop the vegetables early in the day.  The flavors will make the fajitas even tastier and dinner will be that much more effortless.

One great big bowl and all the veggies get a good toss of the 1/2 of marinade. The other half goes on the cooked rotisserie chicken strips.  It will soak up the flavor of the marinade while the veggies are cooking and will make the veggies go from wow to pow when you add the chicken to the grill pan.

Heat up the oil and add the marinated vegetables.  Listen for the sizzle!  That is a big part of the fun with fajitas.     When the veggies are almost cooked, stir in the chicken and let the flavors combine. Easy chicken fajitas

Warm the tortilla shells in the microwave, add your fajita fillings and top with your favorite toppings. For us, that means avocados, salsa and sour cream.  Olé!

Cooking tip:  To keep the tortillas from sticking in the microwave, place a paper towel between them and then cover with a damp paper towel. Heat just for a minute. Don’t overcook them or they will be dry. 

If you prefer a lower carb version of the meal, just use Romaine lettuce leaves in place of the tortillas.  They make the perfect holders and don’t have a speck of wheat in them.Low carb easy chicken fajitasThe Walmart Effortless Marketside meal comes with salads to round out the meal.  I chose the red skin potato salad and added some grapes and walnuts to it for color and crunch.  The curse of being a food blogger is with me.  I just can’t leave anything well enough alone!  Top the meal off with a diet coke and you have a meal fit for a {Mexican) king.  The potato salad may seem like an odd thing to add to these fajitas, but it worked.  I am a kind of “like the idea of spice but don’t want a fire in my mouth” kind of girl.  The coldness of the potato salad offset the heat of the jalapenos to make it a perfect match.coke and potato salad Have you see Coke’s new labeling with names on it?  I found one recently with my daughter Jessica’s name on it and now look at this one!  Perfect for family night fajitas!!!

Want to make your own easy chicken fajitas?  Head on over to Walmart. They make all this stuff ridiculously easy to find.   Just head to the delicious smells coming from the deli and look for their in store Marketside Effortless meal signage. Walmart's Effortless meals Then get creative and think about much you will love the feeling of putting a delicious meal on the table in a hurry.   Makes it so much easier to get into the back to school routine, doesn’t it?

Think anyone will know that you put together this meal in about 20 minutes?   And the flavors…oh my, oh yes.chicken-fajitas-fb

How about you?  Have you ever used the Marketside Meals at Walmart? Do you have a favorite recipe that uses one of their rotisserie chickens? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Oh oh…tomorrow is another busy day too…time for a trip back to the store to get the Marketside Pizza effortless meal.  I can already hear family cheering!

Yield: 3

Effortless Meals - Easy Chicken Fajitas

Effortless Meals - Easy Chicken Fajitas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • White meat from 1 Walmart Marketside Rotisserie chicken, cut into 4" strips
  • 1 large onion, sliced lengthwise and cut into long strips
  • 3 large bell peppers sliced into strips ( i used three colors)
  • 3 Tbsp peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Marinade

  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2-3 tbsp canned jalapenos peppers (3 is quite spicy)
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro chopped
  • 6 flour tortillas (or Romaine lettuce leaves for lower carb version)
  • Toppings:
  • Salsa
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sour cream

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken into 4 inch strips and set aside. Combine the onions and peppers in a separate bowl.
  2. Combine the marinade ingredients, divide it in half and spoon it evenly over both the chicken and the vegetables.
  3. Heat a grill pan and add the peanut oil. Let it get hot and toss on the veggies.
  4. When the vegetables are almost tender, stir in the cooked rotisserie chicken and stir well. Add the broth and heat through until everything is hot and sizzling..
  5. Warm up the tortillas in the microwave and fill with the peppers and sliced chicken. If you want a low car version, use romaine lettuce leaves instead of tortillas.
  6. Top with salsa, sliced avocado and sour cream.
  7. Makes six good sized fajitas.

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Dianna

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

I make a chicken (or beef) fajita pizza... De-Lish! Thanks for this short cut. I work at the pharmacy in Wal*Mart and buy the chicken there on occasion.. This recipe short cut is going to help tonights dinner get on the table a LOT quicker!. Thanks

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Chantal

Sunday 4th of October 2015

Yum I love chicken fajitas! Using rotisserie chicken would make meal prep so much faster! Great idea!

admin

Sunday 4th of October 2015

Hope you get a chance to try them. So delicious!

Tiffany

Saturday 3rd of October 2015

Mmmm fajitas! These sound amazing and I love how buying the roasted chicken can you help you save time and still get a great meal!

admin

Saturday 3rd of October 2015

They tasted so good. Can't believe how easy they were!

Tiffany

Friday 2nd of October 2015

The chicken fajitas look so good! I've made chicken tacos with the Walmart rotisserie chicken!

admin

Friday 2nd of October 2015

Me too. They make it so easy!