Saturday, May 2, 2009

Chicken Fajita Melts

I stumbled upon this recipe a few weeks ago on allrecipes and I knew that I just had to try it. Our family loves Mexican food and we also love anything that comes between or on top of a nice slice of bread. I figured since I am doing a birthday dinner for my Dad why not try it out then.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sliced onions
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
1/2 cup tomato juice
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
1 cup salsa
8 (1/2 inch thick) slices French bread
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1.) Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, and cook and stir until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

2.) Stir in the sliced onions and red peppers, and cook and stir for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the tomato juice and taco seasoning, and mix well. Cook mixture until the juice has thickened and the chicken is well coated with sauce, about an additional 7 minutes.

3.) Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.

4.) Spread 2 tablespoons of salsa over each slice of French bread. Evenly spoon the chicken mixture on top of the salsa topped bread. Sprinkle each sandwich with 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese.

5.) Place sandwiches under the preheated broiler and cook for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

This was really good and really easy to make. I didn't add the tomato juice because I forgot to pick some up from the store, I just added water to the mix. Also, instead of using the broiler I preheated the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and baked them for close to ten minutes, until the cheese was melted and the bread was crispy.