One of the hardest things to accomplish when cooking fajitas is good smoke flavor. It’s usually because it’s a relatively fast cook. Many times when cooking fajitas they are grilled, not smoked. We tried something different in hopes we could create a juicy, smoky fajita with awesome flavor.
This cook was easy because we are using the MAK 2 Star pellet grill which has a Smoke mode. A good pellet grill allows you to quickly increase the temperature up to 350F after you’re done smoking the chicken breasts. It worked quite well as the chicken had great flavor and was super juicy. You can’t ask for anything more.
- Chicken breasts
- MAK 2 Star Pellet Grill
- FlameZone Covers on
- Lumber Jack wood pellets
- Seasoned with SuckleBuster’s SPG Seasoning and we added a little ground Camino (It’s a South Texas thang)
- Smoke mode for 35 minutes
- Grill mode for 10 minutes
Smoking Some Chicken Breasts
We started the chicken breasts off in Smoke mode on the MAK 2 Star pellet grill with the meat probe inserted into the breast. It seems like overkill to meat probe the chicken breasts, but I did not want to end up with overcooked, dry chicken. The chicken smoked at around 180F for about 35 minutes until the internal temperature got up to around 145F. This allowed the meat to absorb some good smoke flavor before we increased the grill temperature to 350F.
Grilling Chicken Breasts
Once the chicken breasts reached 145F internal, we increased the MAK 2 Star pellet grill to 350F. We put the MAK Grills Searing Grate in the pit to get some grill marks on the chicken. The chicken breasts were grilled about 5 minutes per side. Some pieces were smaller so they were ready sooner. We cooked the chicken to about 165F internal.
Mixed Veggies to Go With The Fajitas
In the kitchen we sautéed some mixed veggies to go with the fajitas. This was done in olive oil and a cast iron skillet. Mixed vegetables in a cast iron skillet with some burnt edges makes for a great additional to any fajita plate.
The chicken breast fajitas turned out great. The smoke flavor came through while the meat was juicy. For the most, we don’t eat tortillas, so we piled the meat high with some mixed veggies, good shredded cheese and fresh salsa. Done right, you can make Lupe Tortilla jealous.