Chicken Fajitas with Homemade Guacamole

This is one of my favourite quick meals - it's absolutely delicious and so easy to make. You can buy all sorts of expensive shortcuts for a meal like this - spice mixes, pre-made guacamole, etc - but honestly, you can create something much better with hardly any effort. Give it a go & I promise you won't look back.


2 chicken breasts
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
Smoked paprika
1 lime
Olive oil
For the guacamole:
1 ripe avocado
A small handful of coriander or basil (coriander is a bit more traditional, but I like the freshness of the basil)
2 tablespoonfuls of sour cream
1 tsp sweet chilli sauce
To serve:
Soft flour tortillas
Nacho chips
Cheddar cheese, grated
The rest of the sour cream
Green salad

Serves 2-4, depending on how hungry you are

Start by deseeding the peppers, & then cut them and the chicken into long narrow strips. Scrape into a bowl and mix with a good slug of olive oil, the juice of half the lime, a generous sprinkling of cumin, a pinch of smoked paprika and a pinch of salt. Set aside for a moment.

While the chicken and peppers marinate, make the guacamole. Cut the avocado in half and remove the stone, and then peel off the skin - if the avocado is ripe it should come off easily. Pop it into a bowl with the sour cream and use a fork to mash it up (if you'd prefer the guacamole to be smooth you could blend it, but I like the chunky texture). Finely chop the basil and add it to the bowl with a generous pinch of salt, the juice of the other half of the lime, and the sweet chilli sauce, and mix it again.

Next, warm a griddle pan on a high heat and add a splash of olive oil. Once it's good and hot, fry the chicken and peppers, stirring frequently to stop them catching. When the edges of the peppers start to darken and caramelise, take the pan off the heat.

Pop the tortillas on a plate and microwave for 30 seconds, then bring everything to the table - tortillas, chicken, salad, guacamole, nacho chips and sour cream - and let everyone help themselves. Wash down with a cold beer.