My thoughts on Food Magazines and Baked Chicken Fajitas

24 Mar

I don’t buy food magazines very often. Those things are so expensive. I have a hard time paying $10 for a monthly publication which is mostly ads and recipes I will never cook. I also have a hard time throwing them away. I mean I paid $10 for that thing! I am keeping it! Which is why I had every issue of Gourmet magazine published in the last 4 years at my house that I threw (most) of away when we moved. I have holiday magazines from 7 years ago that I still cook out of for the holidays for crying out loud.

But, there are times when  give in. Times when I simply can’t help myself and give in to the temptation of a new magazine and then hide it from my husband so he won’t give me that look that says’ “Do you really need another cooking magazine?” My defense, of course, is that it’s research for new blog fodder.

You guys back me up if he asks, okay?

What I find, is that the magazine I most often come home with is a publication of Taste of Home Magazine. Which is funny because my mother and my late grandmother have had a subscription to that magazine since it began it’s tear-out recipe cards and a fairly difficult toothpick hunt within it’s pages ( I never could find that dang toothpick) As far as cooking magazine’s go, I feel like you get the most bang for your buck. There aren’t any ads and the recipes are realistic for family meals. You don’t have to wade through a bunch of fluff about the new stylish whisk that just came out or what shade of Jello best matches your eye color. It’s just recipes. Good, solid recipes. I’m not getting bamboozled. I’m getting every penny of what I am paying for. I appreciate that.


Baked Chicken Fajitas

adapted from Taste of Home Magazine

serves 4 – 6

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips

1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes

1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies

1 medium onion, sliced

1 large bell pepper, seeded and sliced

2 T vegetable oil

2 t. chili powder

2 t. cumin

1/2 t. garlic powder

1/2 t. dried oregano

1/4 t. salt

12 flour tortillas, warmed to serve

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 13×9 baking dish. Mix together chicken, tomatoes, chilies, peppers, and onions in the dish.

In a small bowl combine the oil and spices. Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and toss to coat.

Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Serve with warmed tortillas and enjoy!!


My thoughts on Food Magazines and Baked Chicken Fajitas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

A quick and easy recipe for a delicious weeknight dinner!


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 large bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 2 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 12 flour tortillas, warmed to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 13×9 baking dish. Mix together chicken, tomatoes, chilies, peppers, and onions in the dish.
  2. In a small bowl combine the oil and spices. Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and toss to coat.
  3. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Serve with warmed tortillas and enjoy!!

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58 Responses to “My thoughts on Food Magazines and Baked Chicken Fajitas”

  1. barbara talan March 24, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    your photos are mouth-watering jodie. i too have a hard time throwing away those cooking magazines….i have an easier time buying them, thus, quite a stack….i will bring them to you when we finally get together!

    • jodiemo March 24, 2011 at 10:41 am #

      That would be awesome! We really need to get together soon!

  2. Dana March 24, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    These chicken fajitas sound so delicious, and are so much more healthy than their fried counterparts. I’d say this magazine purchase was well worth it!

  3. Tupper March 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    I’m with you on the magazines- and Taste of Home is a great resource-My kids also got me a subscription to Food Network Magazine, which I’m enjoying. Love the fajitas-one of my favorites.

  4. Bunkycooks March 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    LOL! Love the story about buying food magazines. I get a stack every month and most of the time don’t even get to look at them and I certainly rarely make the recipes. You can get the recipes online now anyway. SO, why do we take the magazines? I have seen Taste of Home, but now will have to pick it up and check it out. This recipe looks very good. Your photos look great, BTW. Nice spot to take pics by the window. 🙂 I also LOVE your new look! Hope everyone is settling in over there in TN!

  5. Soma March 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Beautiful photographs!! I do not get/have many magazines, but the ones I have I save with my heart and use them as inspirations for food photography too.

  6. Drick March 30, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    hey Jodie Mo, I wondered all this time where you’ve gone, had not seen you in my reader and come to find out, you moved or something…. trying to hide from me I guess but I found you again…. – and with that, I am back for more of your no-nonsense approach on food and life… gonna get my penny’s worth

    • jodiemo March 30, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      I am so glad you are back!! I thought I may have finally done the impossible and offended you. 🙂 Yea, when I moved to WordPress the feed didn’t move with it and I’m afraid I haven’t figured out how to let all of the old followers know. 🙁 Glad to see you back! I have always enjoyed your thoughts.

  7. Nick Livermore August 24, 2011 at 5:15 am #

    I never buy food magazines. My Grandmother gets every copy of BBC GoodFood anyway, so I can;t read them all for free, which is nice. This recipe looks and sounds delicious. Love the photography. Really nice post and blog. Please check mine out, it’s trying to do a similar/the same thing!

  8. Bree December 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    I made these fajitas for my family this weekend the they were a huge hit! So quick, easy and tasty. I’m definitely adding this to my meal rotation!

  9. Bobbie December 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Holy moly this was way better then standing over a skillet and trying to keep veggies warm but not overcooked while the chicken cooked in a separate skillet! Delicious thank you so much! Found you from a link on pinterest and will definitely be back!!!!

    • jodiemo December 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

      So happy you loved it! I hope to see you around again soon!

  10. Donna December 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Hi – found you through Pinterest! Your instructions don’t say – do you drain tomatoes and chilies? From the looks of the picture, the mixture is pretty dry before you pour on the sauce. Thanks!

    • jodiemo December 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by my blog, Donna! I believe I drained the tomatoes but not the chilies. Hope that helps!

  11. Steph December 28, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Love the recipe! I don’t know if you heard, but I subscribe to this facebook group called Coupon Divas and they have offers on magazines all the time! I have a subscription to Taste of Home for $2.97 a year!!!!! Hope this helps your magazine fettish 🙂

  12. Jen January 6, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Ha ha ha! I could never find that stupid taste of home toothpick either! I stopped subcribing to magazines a few years ago too. Too expensive and I can find what I need on the internet. Looks like a great and easy recipe! I love one dish-baked in the oven-easy to prepare dishes!

  13. karel January 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I love taste of home! It’s one of the best cooking magazines out there. I’m definitely going to have to try these.

  14. Michelle S January 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi! I, too, found you on Pinterest. This looks like a great recipe! Any idea how many calories, etc?

    • jodiemo January 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

      Somewhere around 350 calories for 2 tacos. Obviously those are the 6 inch tortillas not the big honkin’ burrito tortillas. Thanks for stopping by!!

  15. Susan February 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Made these and they are wonderful. My family loved them. I’ll be adding this to our regular list of meals.

    • Michelle February 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

      I too found you through Pinterest! So glad I did. As soon as I post this comment, I’m going to make this dish. I look forward to being inspired by you again & again!

  16. Rachael March 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    These were okay. They didn’t turn out quite as delicious as I had hoped.

  17. Lori March 22, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    I also found you on Pinterest. I have made this 3 times and my family loves it. I made one change though. I leave out the oregano.

  18. Debi May 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Oh my – that was SO good! I loved the flavor! We added sour cream, lettuce and hot sauce. Avocados would be wonderful too.

    We’re adding this to our list of favorites!

  19. Bree June 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    This recipe is fabulous! I make it at least a few times a month. I love that if I don’t have time to make a grocery list I can always remember the ingredients I need on the fly. I pair it with a lime rice from Our Best Bites. So easy and my 2 year old gobbles it up!

    • jodiemo June 5, 2012 at 9:56 am #

      That’s great! So glad you love it. We use it a lot too!

  20. Geeta June 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    I just made these and OMG! LOVED IT!! I am totally “stealing” this and posting a link to your site on my blog! I used to love eating fajitas, but hated all the work that went into them. This is perfect! And half a batch is just right for 1 meal for my family, so I froze the other half for an even quicker meal later on!

    Thank you!

  21. peggyl June 11, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Love your website- so many great ideas! I could never find that toothpick either!!!!!

  22. Elizabeth Combs July 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    I just made this recipe for dinner tonight. This is amazeballs! Yes, AMAZEBALLS! I love fajitas with a passion, and have always wishe dthey were easier to make. This is perfect. Thank you for this!

    • jodiemo July 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      Amazeballs…. I like it. 🙂 Glad you love it!!

  23. Stacey Maud August 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    The pictures looked so yummy… but mine turned out very watery, and a little bland. Prefer sauteing my fajita filling. Thanks for the recipe though… was a nice idea and worth a try.

  24. Sarah E. October 12, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    We loved these – such a simple recipe, it was pretty quick, and definitely didn’t skimp on the flavor 🙂

    I shared them here:

  25. Ashley March 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    This is so perfect….i knew I was going to make chicken fajitas this weekend as I bought the chicken tonight and already had the red bell peppers, and now I have the perfect recipe! I am so excited to try this :))))

  26. sephyn March 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Really loving these fajitas!! Had to leave out the diced chiles for my son (super picky eater) but he loved them, too!!! Thank you for posting all the amazing recipes!

  27. Robyn August 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this, we absolutely love fajitas and I am so thankful that they are baked and not fried. I have made these at least 4 or more times already!!! Love, love, love these!!!

  28. elizabeth March 31, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    these are pretty good for baked fajitas… my nutrition calculator puts these at around 300 calories per serving (assuming there are 4 servings but i think i have closer to 6) and without the tortillas. i will definitely make these again but i may use less cumin next time and add more heat with jalapeno or cayenne. i also made guacamole to add to the top, along with some plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream. thanks for the recipe!

  29. Kelly October 23, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    Your Baked Fajitas are brilliant and SOO Good! Why didn’t I think of them?! Thank you for a great recipe that will save me so much time. 🙂

  30. Erika June 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I absolutely love it! I cannot count the number of times I have made this, it has to be more than 20. I love the ease and that it doesn’t contain a seasoning packet. I make this for guests all the time and get rave reviews, I simply can’t say thank you enough!

    • jodiemo June 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

      That is so great!! It is on our rotation all of the time as well. I’m so glad you love it!!

  31. Jen December 1, 2015 at 3:32 am #

    This sounds wonderful! Every time I make the simple, chicken fajitas with just onions and bellpeppers, my family ends up pulling out everything except the chicken. Obviously, they’re always still hungry! With your recipe, I’m thinking they’ll keep it together! The one change I’m going to try is getting some of that frozen onion and bellpepper stir-fry, just to streamline the (cutting) process. (Besides, that way, the veggies will be smaller — and harder to pull out!)

    QUESTION, please: What can I have *with* the fajitas? I’m always at a loss to know what to have as a side dish. I was already going to add refried beans. Is that enough? Should I add something else?

    • jodiemo December 1, 2015 at 7:23 am #

      I usually will have rice and beans,or
      Corn if I’m out of beans. Go with what your family likes. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your dinner turns out great!

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