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July 17th, 2008, 09:44 AM
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 cup tequila
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chile purée (see below)
1 teaspoon salt
3 pounds boned, skinned chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
3 pounds red onions, peeled
3 pounds red, yellow, and/or orange bell peppers
24 flour tortillas (6 in. wide)
Avocado-orange salsa

1. In a large bowl, mix orange juice, lime juice, tequila, oil, chipotle purée, and salt. Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap; with a flat mallet or a rolling pin, pound until breast is an even 3/4 inch thick. Peel off waxed paper or plastic.
2. Place chicken in bowl with marinade; turn to coat. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours (see notes).

3. Slice onions 3/4 inch thick. Rinse, stem, and seed peppers; cut into eighths lengthwise. Brush vegetables generously with reserved orange-juice mixture.

4. Set vegetables on a barbecue grill over a solid bed of medium coals or medium-high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 4 to 5 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook, turning as needed, until vegetables are browned and tender when pierced, 8 to 12 minutes total. Transfer to a platter as cooked.

5. Lift chicken from marinade (discard used marinade) and lay on grill; close lid on gas grill. Cook, turning chicken as needed to brown evenly, until no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 6 to 10 minutes total. Transfer to a board and let stand until cool enough to handle, then slice across the grain 1/2 inch thick.

6. To assemble fajitas, lay tortillas on grill as needed, turning quickly, just until warm, 3 minutes total. Fold a warm tortilla around chicken, peppers, and onion; top with avocado-orange salsa.

To make chipotle chile purée, whirl the contents of a 7-ounce can of chipotle chiles (including sauce) in a blender or food processor until smooth. Scrape into a plastic container and store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

MAKES: 10 to 12 servings

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 428(16% from fat); FAT 7.4g (sat 1.7g); CHOLESTEROL 66mg; CARBOHYDRATE 52g; SODIUM 494mg; PROTEIN 34g; FIBER 5.3g

July 18th, 2008, 12:48 AM
Thanks Wateena! This sounds really yummy.