Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

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Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

Like pasta, who doesn’t love fajitas? I’ll tell you who: one of my good friends, Emily. She hates bell peppers. Well, she hates peppers of any kind. While I’m weary of anyone who hates peppers (because they’re the best), she’s awesome, so I’ll let it slide.

Growing up, I looked forward to fajita and taco nights. My mom always made it fun for us, lining up all the fixins and letting us “build” our own. Maybe that’s why I love Chipotle so much?

Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

Truth be told, I used to be a Qdoba fan. When I moved to Hoboken, I lived right across the street from Qdoba. It was open late (yes!) and just so close. I’d make taco salad bowls with heaps of peppers, veggies, guac, tomatoes and corn. I’m that obnoxious person in the line who says, “Can I have just a LITTLE more?” Yup, that’s me.

Now, I don’t know how this idea exactly came to me, but I decided to put sweet potato noodles in a foil pouch and bake them. A lot of you have been asking me how I get my sweet potato noodles to the right consistency. You’ve asked me if I ever bake my sweet potato noodles and honestly, unless I’m making fries, no, I don’t. 

Until today. Dun dun dun.

Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

This method works like a charm. Simply place your sweet potato noodles in the center of a piece of foil, drizzle with some olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast for 25 minutes at 375 or for 10 minutes at 400. If you want to make a meal, add your other ingredients on top of the bed of noodles and cook together. 

Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

It’s such an easy way to cook (no cleanup!) and, the flavors are deeply infused into the noodles as they steam in the foil pouch. The sweet potato noodles absorb the spices from the fajita mix and the olive oil and lime juice create the perfect amount of liquid needed to make a sauce.

I think it’s fun to just eat the noodles straight out of the foil pouch, but if you’re a bit classier than me, pour the contents of the pouch straight into a bowl or onto a plate.

Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

These store well in the refrigerator too, so feel free to make a big batch and enjoy during the week for lunches. 

Once you start cooking your spiralized veggies in foil pouches, you’ll never look back!  

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Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

Yields 3

15 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • For fajita mix*:
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • For the rest:
  • 8 chicken breast tenderloins (or 2 chicken breasts, cut into 8 tenderloin strips)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ large red or white onion, sliced into ½ inch strips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 avocado, insides cubed
  • 1 large (350g+) sweet potato, peeled, Blade C

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Add in the chicken and cook for 2 minutes, flip and cook another 2 minutes. Set aside the cooked chicken on a plate.
  3. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the fajita mix. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, place in the bell peppers, cooked chicken, avocado, olive oil and lime juice. Toss to combine. Add 1 tbsp of the fajita mix seasonings to the bowl and toss to combine. Set aside.
  5. Take out a large piece of tinfoil and place the sweet potato noodles in the center. Then, top with the fajita contents. Close the contents by folding the tinfoil into a pouch-like packet. Leave about 1 inch on the top, when enclosing (for the warm air to circulate and steam the contents).
  6. Place the foil pouch on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve in pouches or pour out onto plates. Enjoy!

Notes

This makes more seasoning than you need. Save the leftovers for another meal!

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Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

 

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49 comments

Erika says:
This looks yummy and is very creative!
Beth Blair says:
I assume since the cook time is so short on this that the tenderloins should be pre-cooked?
Yes, that's all in the recipe!
alissaks says:
Yay, a new recipe to try. Looks awesome and pretty quick.
Ginger Pinata says:
Have you ever thought of going on the Dr. Oz show? I think he would flip out seeing some of your recipes and how you could encourage his viewers to eat clean and healthy. Please consider this idea. His viewers need to know about the spiralizer.
This looks so good I can't stand it!
suchwildlove says:
Hi Ali, in your description you say to cook the noodles for 25 minutes at 375 or for 10 minutes at 400. Then in the recipe you say to cook the packets for 7-10 mins at 375. Are you using raw, or cooked, noodles in the recipe? If raw, shouldn't the cook time be longer or the temp be higher? Thanks! Hashi
Oops, thanks for catching that! I've adjusted the recipe.
Emily says:
You're awesome too and I will be making this - sans peppers!!
Anonymous says:
I just got my spiralizer two days ago. I made this yesterday as my first spiralized recipe. It was wonderful! I had a lot of fun playing with my new toy and trying this recipe. Thanks!
Fajitas without all the tortilla?! YES PLEASE! Pinned
Hello...I love your recipes. I want to try this recipe but I am a little confused about how to make it a one serving recipe. It now says serves 3 but has 8 chicken pieces. I don't mind the large sweet potato because I am also going to try the Thai sweet potato pork. Please advice.
It's 8 tenderloins or "strips" not 8 whole chicken breasts! Hope that helps. Let me know how it comes out.
Jane says:
For the fajita seasoning mix is garlic powder listed twice by accident? And are we supposed to use smoked & regular paprika? I'm making this tonight (I'm going to do spiralized onions as my bed) Thanks
The ingredients are listed correctly now - and yes, it's smoked paprika and regular paprika!
Vizion Heiry says:
Do you think I can swap the sweet potato for jicama?
Yes, that would be interesting!
Vizion Heiry says:
I ended up swapping the sweet potato for banana squash instead of jicama. I just had the bulb at the end left over so I shredded half of it in the food processor. I paired it with butter lettuce. It was fun scooping it up and others couldn't even detect the banana squash. I love sneaking in vegetables. Thanks for the recipe!
That sounds delicious! I'd love you to post it up in my community: Community.Inspiralized.com!
Anonymous says:
I was so excited to try out all of these recipes but I cannot get the sweet potato to take hold on the spiralizer. It is too hard. Any one else have the same problem?
If you don't have the spiralizer that I use, it may be hard. Make sure to go to my Video page and watch a video on spiralizing sweet potatoes!
Felicity says:
This has become a favorite at our house (I'm making it right now for the 5th or 6th time). My husband and I both love these fajitas. They're easy to make and I typically make enough to have lunch the next day. They reheat well, so you can't beat that! They are great even without the chicken. Thanks for this one and keep up the great work!
alissa says:
I am eating these right now, they are so delicious!!! They were so easy to make and I love that you can easily customize the toppings. Thanks, Ali!!
Anonymous says:
This is DELICIOUS! Better than Fajitas.
Stefanie says:
My boyfriend and I have tried 6 of your recipes so far and *OH MAN* they are so tasty! You have a real feel for what tastes blend. Also, your eggs "benedict" with sweet potato...holy mama, best thing I've ever put in my mouth!!! :)
Happy girl says:
These look incredible! i cannot wait to try them.. being a little bit dumb here but i just wanted to check.. so i have to cook the noodles beforehand int he foil packet and then follow the rest of the recipe? thank you!
annie says:
Just when I think you've exhausted all possibilities with the spiralizer, you come up with something completely new and unexpected, like this!! GREAT idea! What other things can we bake in foil??????????????????? It is so EASY. Thank you, and keep those amazing wheels turning!
Ali Maffucci says:
Thanks for the feedback, Annie!!
Nichole B. says:
Just made this tonight. Delicious. Was my first time using the spiralizer, too! I added 1 tbs of shredded cheese, 1 tbs salsa, and 1 tbs sour cream. I used 1.5lbs of chicken and 1.5 sweet potatoes...and I was able to make 7 foil pouches. My hubby and I each ate one serving and felt satisfied.
Hanna says:
If I want to make this ahead of time for dinners throughout the week -- would you suggest baking the foil pouches (i.e. follow the recipe until the end), refrigerating, and then reheating throughout the week? Or stopping at the step where you combine the cooked chicken with the veggies in the foil pocket, and then bake one pouch a night according to the recipe? Thanks!
Valerie says:
I love this recipe and have made it quite a few times now. We found it easier just to make one giant foil pouch and then serve into dishes from there. (Plus, my fiancé likes to take his fajita-fillings and wrap them p in a burrito.) This makes great leftovers!!
Heather says:
I made this for dinner tonight using my new handheld oxo spiralizer. Absolutely delicious! A hit with my entire family. I'm planning on trying the Thai curry with sweet potato tomorrow. Thank you!
Carla Hereford says:
I am getting ready to take it out of the oven. Can't wait to try it. I am on the Weight Watchers diet. Do you, by chance, have the points calculated? It smells delicious!!
Carla Hereford says:
I took it out of the oven and the sweet potatoes weren't as done as I would like. So I put it back in the oven for another 15 mins. I had some asparagus on hand that I needed to do something with, so I put it in there, too.
Suzanne says:
Do you have the nutrition info for the foil pouch sweet potato chicken fajitas recipe? It was DELICIOUS!!! The best!
Amber says:
Would it be possible to make these in a slow cooker instead of the oven? It's still too hot to use the oven in Southern California this week, plus I would love to have it done when I get home instead of having to wait for it to bake.
Sarah says:
Hello, YOu wouldn't know how many weight watchers points this would be?? Thanks, Can't wait to try this!
Meaghan says:
Hi Sarah! No, unfortunately, we're no longer providing weight watchers points. You should be able to upload the ingredients into the app to calculate!

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