This recipe is one of my all-time favorites: It’s quick, simple, and friendly on your budget, too. It’s also a great meal to share with friends, especially after a tough gym session.
I’m really impressed by how versatile this recipe is. You can alter the ingredients and accompaniments to suit your daily calorie goals.
Last but not least, this dish is incredibly tasty, with all the spices and seasoning adding a whole new dimension to your meal!
Why is this meal great for you?
First things first: You’ll be glad to know that this recipe is absolutely packed with protein. Since chicken breast is the main ingredient, you’ll be getting plenty of it, which ensures that you’ll also get a great supply of amino acids, which help to build and repair your muscles.
You’ll also be getting a huge variety of vitamins and minerals from the pepper, onion, and mixed salad. In particular, it contains vitamins A, C, K, and B6, which, in combination, help with your vision, immune system, brain development, mood levels, connective tissue, bones, blood vessels, and skin!
Here’s the nutritional information for this recipe, which uses 4 tortillas, 2 chicken breasts, and 3 tablespoons of oil for cooking.
Weight loss tip: If you want to reduce the number of calories in your meal, try using a low-calorie oil spray to cook with. This will take about 300kcal off the total.
Weight gain tip: If you’re looking to increase the number of calories in your meal, try adding a few generous helpings of sour cream and herb dip to each tortilla. This will easily give you an extra 300kcal.
This meal is perfect to eat between 1 and 2 hours after your workout. It offers a great mix of protein, fats, and carbohydrates to help you recover and rebuild after a heavy training session.
You can also eat it for breakfast if you’re planning to train later in the day. I wouldn’t recommend eating this meal in the 2 hours before training, as it’s high in fats, which are slow-digesting sources of energy.
2 chicken breasts, chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, sliced into long, thin strips
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp coriander, ground
1 small pinch of cumin
2 pinches of salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
5 big drops of Tabasco sauce (optional)
4 large tortillas
1 bag mixed salad
Salsa or sour cream and chives or guacamole (or all 3 – go wild! Just remember that the last two options are high in calories.)
Making your seasoned chicken and pepper fajitas is super-simple. It’s basically just chopping, mixing, and frying, giving it an overall difficulty rating of about 1/5!
1. Chop the meat, pepper, onion, and chilli (if using).
2. Put all the seasoning ingredients into a small bowl and mix them together.
3. Heat up your frying pan or wok and add the two tablespoons of olive oil.
4. Add the chicken to the pan and fry until literally just white (no longer raw). Be careful not to overcook the chicken and make it too dry.
5. Add the onions, peppers, and seasoning, and cook for a further 2–3 minutes.
6. While you wait, pop the tortillas in the microwave for thirty seconds.
7. Take the pan off the heat and serve everything up, adding accompaniments as desired.
There you go – my super-simple recipe for seasoned chicken and pepper fajitas! They’re packed full of protein to support muscle growth and repair, and they’re versatile enough to work into anyone’s daily calorie goals. Enjoy!
Have you tried them yet?