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Food & Wine Friday: Healthy Chicken Fajitas And Wines

This Week In Food & Wine: Global Wines & Healthy Chicken Fajitas

Sometimes you just want to, as Emeril Lagasse would say, “Kick it up a notch!” With the Summer in full swing and the holiday season coming in hot, for a brief moment we’d like to give you a quick, healthy recipe that’ll take you no time to make. Whether you’re back from a long day at the beach, lake or river or you’re planning for a day of shopping in crowded malls, this is the quick and delicious meal you needed. How might we do this? We’d like to pair a favorite Mexican dish, Chicken Fajitas with wine from south of the equator. So, if you love Mexican food, wine and the holidays, then you need to add this pairing to your hot list of “Must Try Recipes & Pairings”. Ok, so we just made this list up but we think it’s a pretty good list idea. Besides we’re confident it will have you and your guests singing “Feliz Navidad!”

Before we get down to the business of cooking and enjoying fajitas and wine, in the spirit of holiday traditions, we need to honor a Wine Wednesday tradition, the opening, pouring and enjoying of a glass of wine tradition. Yeah, we like this tradition too. So, without further ado, the Grape Certified wines!


Catena Chardonnay 2011

Region: Argentina, South America

Price: $18.99

Store: Total Wine and Bev-Mo

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold


Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay 2009

Region: Chile, South America

Price: $22.99

Store: Total Wine, Trader Joe’s and Bev-Mo

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold


The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Price: $12.99

Store: Total Wine and Bev-Mo

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Silver


What’s nice about these wines is the first glass of each will open up your palate thus making the meal and second glass that much more enjoyable. With that said, take another sip and let’s get to chopping, slicing, blending, baking and eating & drinking our chicken fajitas and wine, which serves 4 and will be ready in 45 minutes.



  1. 4 Whole chicken breasts
  2. ¼ cup of olive oil
  3. Kosher salt and ground pepper
  4. 1 lb. of tomatillos- husked, rinsed and chopped.
  5. 3 Sliced Bell Peppers
  6. 1 Large Jalapeno chopped
  7. 3 Garlic cloves crushed
  8. 1 Bunch of scallions chopped
  9. 2 Cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  10. 1½ Cups of packed cilantro leaves and tender sprigs
  11. Sliced radishes
  12. Pico de Gallo
  13. Sour Cream


Cooking Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees and set a rack over a backing sheet
  2. Prep your chicken by rubbing with the olive oil and seasoning with the salt and pepper.
  3. Next arrange the chicken on the rack on the baking sheet. Once arranged, you will roast for roughly 45 minutes or until it is golden brown and thoroughly cooked.
  4. While this is taking place in a large cast-iron skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil.
  5. Next, add the tomatillos, bell peppers, Jalapeno, garlic and scallions.
  6. Continue to cook over moderate heat and stirring until the tomatillos are softened; this should take about 15 minutes.
  7. Once you’ve reached this point, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Then let simmer over moderate heat until thickened, this should take an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Now, into a blender, scrape the tomatillo mixture and add the cilantro; puree until smooth.
  9. Next return the sauce to the skillet and add the shredded chicken breast. Simmer this mixture for about 2 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Lastly, warm either corn or flower tortillas and serve with chicken, radishes, pico de gallo and sour cream. Time to eat!


We hope you enjoyed this Friday’s food and wine pairing. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s food & wine recipe but we’re excited for you try the Grape Certified white wine recommendations! If you enjoyed this post please don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Food & Wine Friday. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below and at Cheers!

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