Cooking for Dummies Series: Easy Recipes for Rusty Chefs

Rosa shares her chicken fajitas recipe for the first article of the series!

Never had experience cooking for yourself? Feeling a bit rusty after a summer of Mum or Dad cooking dinner? Or just have half-baked ideas when it comes to cooking? Fear not! A few of the contributors from Impact have you covered. It all boils down to having a few basic, yet flavourful recipes to hand so that you can begin to make wonderful meals at University.

“This simple and flavourful chicken fajita recipe is made for sharing”

Nothing brings people together like food does. This simple and flavourful chicken fajita recipe is made for sharing, and is guaranteed to add a little bit of flavour to the blandness of everyday cooking. Quite often, people buy the ready-made fajita kit. I prefer making my own marinade with the staple ingredients in my cupboard; it’s super easy and I can see exactly what is going into my food. It also means that I can control how spicy I want the dish to be, which is very mild (I’m a lemon and herb kind of girl). This is definitely a recipe that you should make for your flatmates or housemates. Bon appétit!


This recipe makes approximately two servings.

For the chicken marinade:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon garlic granules

1 teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon chilli powder


For the rest of the dinner:

2 chicken breasts

1 small onion

1 small red pepper

1 small yellow pepper


To serve:

Tortilla wraps

Grated cheese



Sour cream

The ingredients for the marinade.



Large frying pan

Chopping board

Sharp knife







  • Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well until an even consistency is achieved.
  • Cut up the chicken breasts into small pieces using scissors.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and mix well.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and leave the chicken to rest for a couple of hours to achieve optimum flavour!
  • Thinly slice the peppers and onion.
  • Heat up a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Gently fry the vegetables until they have softened.
  • Add the chicken to the pan and mix in with the vegetables.
  • Cook the chicken for about 7 minutes, ensuring that you are stirring the mix frequently.
  • Serve the fajita mix with warm tortilla wraps, sour cream, salsa, guacamole and grated cheese. Yummy yummy in my tummy!

I would recommend leaving the chicken to marinate for a couple of hours for maximum flavour.


Rosa Morgan

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