Happy Spring! I always remember the first day of spring because its on my brother’s birthday – March 20th. He would always joke, “Spring began when I was born.” So in honor of my brother, Spencer, I bring you his favorite type of food – Mexican food. It conveniently also happens to be one of my favorite foods. In fact, my recipe index is 95% Mexican and Asian food because I can’t get enough of the multidimensional flavors which make me want to close my eyes and savor every last taste upon my tongue. So I hope you love Mexican and Asian food too (or one or the other) because I have so much delicousness to share with you! The recipes are so good you will never even feel like you have to “go out” to get your fix!
I set off in this recipe to create a bowl that was packed with the layered flavors and textures I adore and nothing short of what you would find at your favorite Mexican restaurant – and then some.
So I am just going to say it right now…
These fajita bowls are INSANELY DELICIOUS!!! PLEASE MAKE THEM!
I made them twice in one week to fine tune the recipe and I loved every second of it!
I loved every second of anticipation as I whisked together the honey, lime juice, chipotle powder, cumin, smoked paprika and liquid smoke and thought of the chicken soaking up the dynamic spices overnight.
I loved every second of anticipation until it was finally time to cook, beginning with lime, cumin spiced rice with black beans and cilantro – this rice alone is enough to get excited and rave about! (Note how much of the prep work is done before its time to cook!!! So even though the ingredient list is long, most of the ingredients are spices in the marinade and vegetables prepared hours before you cook.)
I loved every second of anticipation as I cooked my juicy chicken in all its spiced glory until browned and golden and then had a hard time slicing it “pretty” for the pictures because it was oh so tender.
I loved every second of anticipation as I prepared my Chipotle Lime Crema with sour cream, lime juice, chipotle powder and clilantro (I’m drooling all over again!) while my chicken was browning by simply whisking all of the ingredients together.
I loved every second of anticipation as I added my fajita vegetables to the skillet my chicken was cooked in (less pans to clean!) and cooked until just heated through so they would still seep of honey and lime and taste crisp, and fresh.
I loved every second of anticipation as I layered my bowl with Cilantro Lime Black Bean Rice, Montery Jack Cheese (I love cheesy rice!), crisp Honey Lime Fajita Vegetables, then Honey Lime Fajita Chicken and topped it all with Chipotle Lime Crema.
And finally, I LOVED the moment I shoved the layers and layers of texture and honey lime chipotle flavor into my mouth. Worth every single second of anticipation and preparation…and then some!
I can’t even begin to describe how good these Honey Lime Chipotle Chicken Fajita Bowls are…that’s why I had to describe my anticipation, because really, I have no words for the end product! I really hope you don’t get discouraged by the somewhat lengthy list of ingredients. Most of them, really are in the marinade or simply spices and veggies, and its a meal in one so you don’t have to make any side dishes, so…PLEASE MAKE THESE!!! I know you are going to love them and that would make you happy and that would make me happy that you are happy!
Spring began when Honey Lime Chipotle Chicken Fajita Bowls with Chipotle Lime Crema were born in your home. They will make your taste buds come alive!!! xoxox!
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