CHICKEN FAJITA CORNBREAD BAKE

Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 40 mins
Serves 6     adjust servings


Ingredients

For the Fajita Filling

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3-4 small bell peppers of varying colors
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 2/3 cup salsa verde
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

For the Cornbread

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup whole milk

Instructions

To make the fajita filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 425º.
  2. Cut the chicken breast into long strips. Set aside.
  3. Rinse and thinly slice the bell peppers, discarding seeds and ribbing. 
  4. Thinly slice red onion.
  5. Place an oven-safe skillet over high heat and allow the pan to get hot (two to three minutes). When the pan is hot, add two tablespoons cooking oil and swirl the pan to coat. 
  6. Add the chicken breast strips to the pan and allow them to cook completely on one side before stirring to flip. Once one side of the chicken has completely cooked, flip the chicken to cook the other side. This should result in nicely browned pieces of chicken.
  7. While the chicken is cooking, combine the cumin, chili powder and cayenne with the salsa verde, whisking to mix thoroughly.
  8. When chicken is cooked through, add peppers and onion to the pan and continue cooking over high heat for two to three minutes, until veggies are bite tender. Lower the heat and add two cloves of minced garlic to the center of the pan. Cook just until the garlic is fragrant, about thirty seconds.
  9. Pour the salsa and spice mixture into the pan and allow it to come to a simmer. Cover the pan and allow it to simmer for five minutes.

To make the cornbread: 

  1. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Whisk with a fork to combine. Stir in the frozen corn and pepper jack cheese. 
  2. Crack the egg into a liquid measuring cup and stir lightly. Add the buttermilk, milk and melted butter. Stir just briefly to barely combine.
  3. Make a well in the center of the cornmeal mixture and gently pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir again briefly just to combine, allowing lumps to remain.
  4. Turn off the heat to the skillet. Pour cornbread batter over the fajita filling. Place skillet on the middle rack of a preheated oven. 
  5. Bake for about twenty minutes, or until the cornbread is set and lightly golden brown.
  6. Top each portion with sour cream, chopped cilantro and diced avocado if desired.
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