Sunday, 19 April 2015

Mexican Fajita Spiced Turkey Stew

An Unusual Twist on Both Turkey and Fajitas Recipes

Turkey stew with Mexican fajitas spices and mixed peppers

This recipe was very much a spur of the moment creation when I was browsing my local supermarket a few nights back, seeking inspiration. It occured to me that I hadn't eaten turkey for a while and when considering how to cook it, I remembered the fajitas spice I had in my cupboard needing used up. So the idea was born and it really did prove to be very tasty.

Principle spicy turkey stew ingredients

Ingredients (Serves Two)

1/2 pound turkey breast steak
2 tablespoons vegetable or sunflower oil
Generous handful mixed sliced bell peppers
1/2 medium red onion, peeled and finely sliced
1 small green chilli, seeded and finely sliced
1 small red chilli, seeded and finely sliced
1 large garlic clove, peeled and finely sliced, for stew and 1 small clove, peeled and grated, for rice
1 teaspoon Mexican fajitas spice mix
1 pint fresh chicken stock
1 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander/cilantro for stew and 1 teaspoon for rice
6 ounces basmati rice (or as desired)

Turkey breast is diced for stew

Chop the turkey breast steak in to around one inch chunks. Heat the oil in a large stew pot and add the turkey pieces and fajitas spice. Stir fry for a minute or so until the turkey pieces are all sealed all around.

Turkey and spices are firstly browned and sealed in oil

Be careful but do try to slice the red onion and garlic as thinly as you can.

Sliced red onion and garlic

Add the onion and garlic to the pot and fry for another minute or so.

Red onion and garlic are added to the browned turkey

It's worth mentioning the seeds in the chilli peppers. You could leave them in if you wish but be sure to know the strengths of the peppers. Remember, it is the membrane which contains the seeds (lighter in colour than the pepper flesh) which contains the heat and not the seeds themselves.

Seeded and sliced chilli peppers

Add all the peppers to the pot and stir well.

Mixed peppers are added to turkey

Pour the chicken stock in to the pot and turn up the heat until the liquid reaches a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for thrity minutes.

Chicken stock is added to cover all ingredients

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Ten minutes before the stew is due to be ready, wash the rice and add it to the pot. Simmer for ten minutes.

Rice is washed under running cold water

Just before it is ready, stir the coriander through the turkey stew.

Coriander is added to the spicy turkey stew

Drain the rice, return to the empty pot and stir through the coriander and garlic.

Coriander and garlic are added to the drained rice

Divide the rice between two plates, flatten as beds and ladle on the turkey stew.

Tucking in to fajitas spiced turkey stew with rice

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