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Cumin-less Chicken Fajitas

Cumin-less Chicken Fajitas

What is that smell?

If you are not a fan of the smell and taste of cumin, don’t worry, I created a spice mix that does not include the earthy taste of cumin in the chicken fajitas.

My family and boyfriend dislike the smell of cumin and will not eat anything that includes the spice, so I had to think of way to make my favorite Mexican dish without the most-used ingredient. After testing a couple of batches, I figured the exact quantity to add of each spice to create the perfect balance of spices that will not lack the cumin flavor. However, if you love cumin like I do, go ahead and add 1 tablespoon to the spice mix.

I love fajitas. Every time I go to a Mexican restaurant I order fajitas, and if I don’t see fajitas on their menu, I do not go to that restaurant, I have a problem, but I truly love fajitas. I made my version as close to the authentic version by adding chicken (my choice of protein), bell peppers, onions and a spice mix. I absolutely loved it, but like most of my recipes, I’m not the only one trying my creations.

The best way to ensure this taste delicious, I gave my family and boyfriend a bowl to taste. They loved it! I paired it with homemade blue corn tortillas, and they made fajita tacos. If you have someone in your life who dislikes cumin, give this a try!

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


2 chicken breast, sliced

1/2 onion, diced

1 yellow bell peppers, sliced lengthwise

1 red bell peppers, sliced lengthwise

2 tomatoes, quartered

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoon grape seed oil

1/4 cup water

Seasoning Mix Ingredients: (makes a large quantity, save the rest in your pantry):

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to elevate spice level, add more)

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon coriander

1/2 teaspoon onion powder


On a cast-iron pan or non-stick pan, add 1 tablespoon grape seed oil and cook the chicken breast (seasoned with salt and pepper), about 4 minutes per side or until fully cooked. Set aside.

In the same pan, cook the onion until golden brown and add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix, garlic, mix together and cook for 1 minute. Cooking the spices enhances its flavors. Add 1/4 cup water to deglaze the pan. Deglazing the pan means to scratch off all the residue from the chicken and seasoning mix from the pan using a wooden spoon. Add the bell peppers and cook all together.

Lastly, add the cooked sliced chicken and serve.

Pair with rice, tortillas or on a bed of pasta.

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