Chicken Fajita Salad

Mexican food is amazing – it’s filling, tasty, spicy, and flavorful.  When I was fat, I used to gorge on the free chips and salsa in order to fill up my stomach.  Then, I’d order two large bean burritos, smothered in queso, and wash it all down with a couple glasses of coke or sweet tea.  An hour later, I would still be ravenously hungry.

Then, I started Keto.

I still love and enjoy Mexican food – but now I eat much healthier.  In restaurants, instead of being tempted to eat an entire basket (or two) of nachos with salsa, I’ll order a side of guacamole and eat it with a fork as an appetizer (fresh guac with a healthy seasoning of cilantro is absolute heaven to me!).  As a main meal, I now order the fajitas.  They come with tortillas, but I just eat the meat and mixed vegetables off the sizzling cast iron skillet with a fork.  Usually, the fajitas come with a little salad, and I’ll ask to replace the included beans and rice with extra lettuce.  Now, I’m satisfied when I eat out.  I’m not raising that blood sugar, which means it’s not crashing and making me feel like I’ve been starved for two days.

At home, you can make your own fajitas easily and with very little prep / cook time.

Ingredients:

320g chicken breast

200g zucchini

15g yellow onion

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (if you want it a little spicy)

70g lettuce

30g guacamole (I just use store bought)

30g sour cream

28g Pico de Gallo (store bought)

 

Directions:

Chop chicken into cubes.  Add spices to raw chicken.  Slice onion and zucchini.  Heat non-stick frying pan to just below medium-high.  Add cubed chicken and keep it moving around the pan (you can add butter or your favorite Keto-friendly oil, but I prefer not to).   Keep the chicken moving in the pan with a spatula and cook about 3-4 minutes (I always take the biggest piece of chicken and cut it in half just to make sure it’s cooked all the way).  Add sliced vegetables and stir-fry together until the vegetables are fully cooked (they will release some water with helps to cook them down a bit).

Add cooked chicken and vegetables on a plate next to a bed of lettuce.  Top with guacamole, sour cream, Pico de Gallo, and your favorite hot sauce!

 

480 Calories

16g Fat

10.2g Net Carbs

71g Protein