Like many women today, I am busy. That is especially true during the summer when I am also watching my grandchildren.
Time seems to run short no matter how well I organize. Consequently, I often find myself in a pickle at dinner time. There just isn’t time to make everything from scratch.
Luckily today there are companies out there who take a modern woman’s schedule into consideration. No, I’m talking about pre-cooked frozen dinners that you just heat and serve; although some of those are delicious.
I’m talking about McCormick’s Recipe Inspirations. They take all of the guess work out of cooking while still allowing you to prepare a fresh, nutritional meal.
Last time around, I reviewed the McCormick’s Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes. If you haven’t checked that one out, I encourage you to. The recipe is utterly delicious!
Today, I’m reviewing McCormick’s Recipe Inspiration Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas. This is a dish that will tickle the palate of even the pickiest gourmet chef.
McCormick Recipe Inspirations help you turn a traditional recipe into something spectacular. They are guaranteed to shine each and every time. They are easy to follow, fun to make and scrumptious to eat.
Every recipe inspiration comes with its own recipe card that you can keep. It also comes with the pre-measured spices you will need to make the recipe come to life. All you have to do is add the fresh ingredients called for and voila ‘” instant success!
The spices included in the Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas include Â½ tsp. of cilantro leaves, Â¾ tsp. of ground cumin, 1 tsp. of minced garlic, Â½ tsp. of coarse ground black pepper, 1 tsp. of minced onion and Â¾ tsp. of oregano leaves. You will need to provide 1Â½ pounds of boneless chicken strips, Â¼ cup of both lime and orange juices, 2 tbsp. of olive oil, 1 medium onion, 1 medium red bell peppers, Â½ tsp. salt and 8 tortillas.
The instructions are easy to follow. Blend together the lime and orange juices with the olive oil. Add in all of the spices provided within the Recipe Inspiration card. Mix thoroughly and allow the spices to take up some of the liquid. Set aside Â¼ cup of the mixture to use as a marinade later on.
Next, put the chicken into an air tight bag for coating. Place the remaining wet mixture from above into the bag. Shake lightly to let the marinade coat the chicken. Set aside and let the marinade sink in.
Heat a large skillet to medium. Once it is at the proper temperature, add the chicken into the skillet and brown it lightly on both sides. Remove the chicken and set aside.
Into the skillet add the bell pepper, fresh onion, and the last Â¼ cup of marinade. Cook until the peppers are tender. Put the chicken back into the skillet and continue cooking until the chicken is done throughout.
Lay each tortilla out flat. Place the chicken mixture inside each one and roll closed. Serve as is or add your favorite fajita toppings like guacamole, refried beans or sour cream.
The preparation time is about 15 minutes. Cooking time is roughly 10 minutes. That makes this meal less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
Let’s talk nutrition. A serving size of Garlic Lime Chicken Fajita Recipe Inspiration is Â½ tsp. Each mixture will make about 8 servings.
There are 5 calories per serving before the fresh ingredients are added. Each serving contains 1 gram of carbohydrate. It contains negligible amounts of salt, no fat, no sugar and no cholesterol.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. This recipe is full of flavor and pizzazz.
Appearance: 5 stars: The food looks good enough to eat, which is good since you won’t be able to resist.
Reputation: 5 stars. McCormick is tops when it comes to spices. It is THE brand to beat.
Nutrition: 4 stars. Obviously the spices don’t provide much in the way of nutrition, but the chicken adds much needed protein.
Ease: 5 stars. This is a dish you can’t mess up.
Green rating: 5 stars. Hopefully you recycle the half of packaging that it is a recipe card. The rest is biodegradable.
Packaging: 5 stars. McCormick’s Recipe Inspiration packaging is genius. Spices are protected inside of small plastic containers that keep them fresh until you are ready to use them. The recipe card provided as part of the packaging is easily removable and will fit in almost any recipe box. The colors on the package are bright primary shades that are definitely eye catching. The finished dish is pictured on the front to make your mouth water. This packaging is everything you’d want for a McCormick product – – first class!
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The package is small and will fit into a drawer for flat storage as well as into any cabinet or pantry.
Availability: 5 stars. Any grocery chain worth its salt carries McCormick products. So do most discount stores that have a large food section.
Price: 4 stars. The $1.99 price tag might seem steep to some. However, those who into fresh ingredients won’t even blink.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I love McCormick’s Recipe Inspirations and Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas is one I can’t live without.
Final rating: 4.8 stars. McCormick’s Recipe Inspirations are sheer genius!
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor