First things first today, Happy Canada Day! I may be a displaced Canadian living in a far away land, but it's still my heart's home and all that it entails. So a big Happy Birthday to you today!
If you are in Canada, how are you celebrating today? I know barbecues are always hot properly where I come from on this holiday. A few people or a crowd, firing up the grill, cracking a few cold ones and turning up the tunes. Quite often "Bay Rock". Those are my memories of all the days I spent celebrating this holiday back home.
Now in my very far away land, I still celebrate with my little family and try to keep traditions alive. We will celebrate later today with some hunk of meat on the grill, maybe a glass of wine or two, and I am sure some big haired band from the 80s will be belting out a few tunes on the stereo.
Traditions are great. Happy Canada Day!
Just the other day I was talking about putting food in foil and then putting it straight on the barbecue. I did say it was my new favourite thing for the moment. Okay, this entire dinner wasn't cooked in foil, but it was cooked on a barbecue. All the vegetables were cooked in foil and they turned out great. I did take the corn off the foil and put it over the flame for just a couple of minutes at the end. Then got a bit of a char on the outside, which I quite like. This isn't necessary, as you can just leave it in the foil a bit longer and it will still get a char. The peppers were kept in the foil the entire time and as you can see they charred perfectly.
Summer cooking at it's very best.
This was a great fresh combo. I didn't even plan on making this, it was just what turned out. I love when meals happen that way and quite often they are the best ones. Okay, I am no stranger to making fajitas, quesadillas or anything in a wrap for that matter. However, these were so delicious. In fact the best wraps of any kind that I have made in a long time.
It might be a wee bit late to get these for your Canada Day celebrations, but keep them in mind for your next barbecue. Oh, those limes are super important as they give a bit of zing to the finished product. You can always add salsa or guacamole if you like. I loved them just the way they were and went back for seconds.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Barbecue Chicken & Veggie Fajitas
Serves 6 / Prep time: 20 minutes / Marinade time: 1 hour / Cook time: 25 minutes
For the chicken:
3 Chicken breast
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 Teaspoons cumin
1 Teaspoon oregano
1 Teaspoon onion powder
1 Dried chilli, finely chopped
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Juice of one lime
1 Red pepper, cut into strips
1 Green pepper, cut into strips
1 Yellow pepper, cut into strips
2 Ears fresh corn
A few large handfuls of green salad leaves (your choice)
4 limes, cut into quarters
12 Tortilla wraps
2 Cups cheddar cheese, grated
In a small bowl, combine the paprika, cumin, oregano, onion powder, dried chilli, garlic, olive oil. lemon juice, lime juice, salt and pepper. Whisk and set aside.
Place the chicken breast between two sheets of parchment paper. Using a kitchen hammer, flatten out each piece to about 1 inch thick. Put the chicken in a baking dish and cover with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
Place two square pieces of aluminium foil on the counter. Put the peppers on one sheet and the corn on another sheet.
Pre heat the barbecue to a medium heat.
Place chicken breast over the grill. Place the two open topped foil packed on the grill. Cook the chicken for about 12 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Brush the chicken with remaining marinade while cooking. Remove from barbecue and wrap to keep warm.
While the chicken is cooking move the peppers around the foil packets to ensure even cooking. Do the same for the corn. Once the peppers are starting to char, they will be cooked and can be removed from the barbecue. Usually 15 - 20 minutes. The corn will cook in about the same amount of time. You can put the corn directly over the flames for the last 2 minutes of cooking to get a char on the outside. Remove vegetables from barbecue.
On a clean cutting board, cut the chicken into strips and set aside. Cut the corn off the stalk and put in a bowl. Serve flour tortillas with all the fixings and a generous squeeze of lime juice.
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