10/26/2012 02:00 EDT | Updated 12/26/2012 05:12 EST

Recipe for fajitas and guacamole great way to teach kids basic cooking skills

When making this beginner-level recipe with your kids, you can take care of the steps that involve using a knife or the stove and let them take care of the rest.

Chicken Fajitas With Smooth Guacamole Dip

Choose whole-wheat tortillas to boost your fibre.

To make a vegetarian version of this recipe, substitute kidney beans or a vegetable-based meat substitute for the chicken.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 to 15 minutes


4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves

125 ml (1/2 cup) lime juice

50 ml (1/4 cup) olive oil

30 ml (2 tbsp) chili powder

5 ml (1 tsp) garlic powder

1 ml (1/4 tsp) cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper, to taste

Vegetable oil

12 large corn flour tortillas


1 red onion, minced

1 green bell pepper, trimmed and minced

1 can (284 ml/10 oz) corn niblets, drained


Grated cheddar cheese

Guacamole (recipe follows)

What they can do: In an ovenproof dish, marinate chicken breasts in lime juice and olive oil for 2 hours in refrigerator.

What they can do: Meanwhile, in a large bag, combine chili, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Remove chicken breasts from dish, place in spice bag and shake well to coat chicken.

What you can do: In a skillet, cook chicken in vegetable oil over medium heat until done. Cut in strips and set aside.

What they can do: To prepare fajitas, place chicken strips on tortillas and top with onion, green bell pepper, corn niblets, salsa and cheddar cheese. Roll up tortillas and serve with guacamole.

Makes 12 fajitas.


2 ripe but firm avocados

75 ml (1/3 cup) 10 per cent (half-and-half) cream

50 ml (1/4 cup) light mayonnaise

2 ml (1/2 tsp) grated lime rind

15 ml (1 tbsp) lime juice

1 small plum (Roma) tomato, seeded and diced

1 clove garlic, minced

Dash hot pepper sauce

Salt, to taste

30 ml (2 tbsp) chopped fresh coriander or parsley (optional)

What you can do: Cut avocados in half.

What they can do: Remove pits. Using spoon, scoop out flesh of avocados and place in a bowl. Mash avocados with a potato masher until fairly smooth. Add cream, mayonnaise, lime rind and juice; mash and stir until smooth and well combined. Stir in tomato, garlic and hot pepper sauce. Season with salt. Scrape into a serving bowl and sprinkle with coriander, if using.