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Ponzu Beef and Chicken Fajitas

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This is the second in a two-recipe series for Kikkoman, a sponsor of Tasty Kitchen. The other recipe I posted here was for Panko Mozzarella Sticks (highly recommend!) and I continue to get positive feedback from those of you who’ve made them. For this one, I used a whole different Kikkoman product and made…fajitas!

Mmmm, does my house smell yummy. If you walked in right now, you’d drool.

Then you’d faint when you saw my laundry pile. But that’s another story!


Grab a sirloin steak and throw it into a dish or a Ziploc bag.



This is Ponzu sauce!



Pour it over the beef, add some lime juice, then cover it with plastic wrap (or seal the bag) and refrigerate it for at least a few hours. I like to do this step in the morning and let it marinate all day!)



Separately, slice two chicken breasts into strips and throw it in a bowl or plastic bag. Pour the ponzu sauce (with lime juice) over the top, cover (or seal) and marinate.

Now go…live your life!



To make the fajitas, wrap a stack of flour tortillas in aluminum foil and warm in the oven. (Though I went for the storebought stuff this time, try making homemade tortillas if you have the time—you won’t regret it!)



Slice up the veggies. I used onion and three colors of bell peppers because I love color, and because they were in my fridge! But I have made fajitas using sliced mushrooms, zucchini, and summer squash—anything you have on hand.



Heat some canola oil in a large skillet over high heat. You want to sizzle these veggie, baby!



Throw in the veggies and pour in a little Ponzu.



Let them cook over high heat for 4 to 5 minutes, or until they get a little color. You don’t want them to be soggy, though, so taste along the way and remove them while they’re still crisp.



Remove them to a plate and keep warm.



Grill up the steak until medium rare, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on both sides.



Remove the steak to a cutting board and let it rest while you cook the chicken.



Throw the chicken into the same skillet in which you cooked the veggies.



Flip and cook the chicken until it’s nice and brown (and done), then pour it onto a plate. Remove the tortillas from the oven and get whatever fixins you’d like: sour cream, cilantro, pico de gallo, guacamole (or just sliced avocado), chopped olives—just go for it!



Throw the veggies on the tortilla…



Then throw on the chicken.



Then I threw on some cheddar…



And sour cream, because I’m a bad, bad girl.



As for the beef, slice it very thinly. You’ll notice I took two different approaches with the chicken and the beef. For the chicken, I sliced it up, then marinated it, then cooked it. But for the beef, if you slice it before you cook it, you won’t be able to achieve medium rare doneness—it’ll cook too much and too fast. So I like to grill it in one piece, then slice away.



Pink and beautiful!



I loved these so much, I’m actually considering serving fajitas for our Fourth of July party. I can do a huge iron skillet on the grill itself, grill several sirloins, then just have a big spread set up with all the fixins.

It’ll be a mess…but a delicious one.

Enjoy! Here’s a link to the printable recipe: Ponzu Beef and Chicken Fajitas


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Susan on 7.9.2010

I made this recipe for tea tonight, nom,nomnom is all I shall say :-)

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nursechacha on 7.2.2010

I made this tonight for dinner and it was a winner…
(I’m a poet and don’t know it… lol.. I crack myself up..)
I was going to ask you what the lime juice was for in the recipe because in the directions on the printed recipe it doesn’t say… now that I’m scrolling thru the photo directions it does indicate what to do with the lime juice. I didn’t use it, altho’ I dutifully bought a lime in keeping with the orig. recipe.
So, kuddos are for this made without the lime juice and just the “regular’ Kikkoman Ponzu. I got my bottle at the local Kroger and this was the only type that they had.
I oven roasted the veggies and I really think that they would have been better just stir fried in the skillet as you did in the recipe. The roasting made them a little too mushy!
Have a great 4th of July weekend!

Kim on 7.1.2010

Here’s a website that gives a substitute if you can’t find it:

SuccessLadder on 7.1.2010

Great post, very informative. Keep up the good work, Thanks.

Tanya on 7.1.2010

I could only find the Lemon version but am going to try it tonight. Hoping it is just as good as the lime. I’m thinking it should be.

BethG on 7.1.2010

Last weekend I was browsing the discount rack at the back of my favorite (cheapest) grocery store, and saw this very same Kikkoman Ponzu Citrus Sauce with Lime sitting there. I didn’t know what it was, and was afraid it was spicy or something, so didn’t buy it. DARN IT ALL! Well, at least I know where to buy it LOL!

Your Ponzu Chicken and Beef Fajitas recipe is now printed out, and ingredients added to my shopping list. I’m also going to try my hand at homemade tortillas (your recipe too). Years ago I would buy the flour tortilla mixes and make them all the time. I’ve never done them from scratch, but I’m confident in my mad kitchen skills LOL!!!!

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barb on 6.30.2010

I have been a fan of anything Kikoman for years and especially like this particular Ponzu sauce. I used it as a condiment for lettuce wrap lunch and the guests loved it.

Micky on 6.30.2010

I just had this Ponzu sauce this past weekend on lettuce wraps and it was yummy…I have never tasted something that I ran out and bought the next day.. it was fresh and citrusy and tangy an I think OMG works here just perfectly…Can’t believe saw it here so soon!

Michelle Hires on 6.30.2010

Fajitas are a go-to in my house. I LOVE them. That pozu sauce sounds yummy!

Doris on 6.30.2010

I want to come to your 4th of July party!!

Erica on 6.30.2010

Is that pre-shredded chesse on those fajitas? I’m just sayin’…

Shannon on 6.30.2010

Found the Ponzu at Wegman’s today and am making this recipe with chicken tonight! So excited!!

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Trish in MO on 6.30.2010

Waaaaah! I’ve never seen the Kikkoman Ponzu sauce in our stores, and Kikkoman is THE best brand for Asian sauces. Maybe I’ll have to find a recipe for homemade Ponzu sauce!

Amy from She Wears Many Hats (missamy) on 6.30.2010

I’ve never used Ponzu before. Ever. Now I feel so sad that my life hasn’t been complete. But alas! I’m heading to the grocery store today and Ponzu sauce will be on the top of my list.

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theladymcarthur on 6.30.2010

I can almost guarantee that I won’t be able to pick up this sauce here in Scotland so I’ll live vicariously through all of you!

Liz F on 6.29.2010

My store only carries the Lemon / Original version I think Lime is a new flavor or the store just bites and doesn’t carry it! I would think this recipe would be just as delicioius though with the Ponzu Lemon! version!

Kay Carrasco on 6.29.2010

There’s one grocery store here that usually has enough brand depth that they may stock that sauce. I love Kikkoman’s Teriyaki sauce and I’m sure I’ll enjoy experimenting with this one too. And Japanese fajitas…? Hey, why not!? Sounds (and looks) wonderful to me! :)

Marie M.C. on 6.29.2010

I can’t live without soy sauce. I use it to make the taste of meat meatier. I use it to marinate chicken. Fry up some chicken livers then add a splash of soy sauce. Add a splash to mushrooms — it adds a depth of flavor. My step-father put it on his scrambled eggs. (That’s where I drew the line.)

I have never tried Ponzu sauce. But I often squeeze a lemon in the soy sauce to use along with brown sugar to marinate beef — think Korean short ribs. Definitely will pick up a bottle next time I go shopping.

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sunnie on 6.29.2010

As much as I love asian, I have never seen this sauce. Will have to keep my eyes open!

Denise lamb on 6.29.2010

These look delicious and I can’t wait to try them.

Definitely on the menu sometime this week.


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gbear on 6.29.2010

This does look scrumptious!! alittle too pink for me – but entirely savory all the same :)

Nicole on 6.29.2010

Mmmm! All I can say!

Tracy on 6.29.2010

I wish I didn’t have to go to my sons swim meet tonight… that looks magnificent I wish I could make that tonight…… plenty of meat for the kids and veggies for me perfect….

EmilyJean on 6.29.2010

Mmm.. looks delicious. I could eat fajitas for every meal and never get tired of it.

Georgia Pellegrini on 6.29.2010

Look at that meat!…I’m drooling…

Raina on 6.29.2010

This sounds wonderful. Will definitely put the ingredients on my shopping list for this week:) I like the idea of the chicken and beef combo. Looking forward to trying this sauce.have never seen it before. I hope I can find it in my local grocery store.

Jen on 6.29.2010

Hey is that store bought grated cheese I see in the photo? Ree! Store bought grated cheese is WRONG. xoxo

Deb da Amazon on 6.29.2010

Oh. My! I’ve been in the mood for fajitas for a couple days anyway. This would be a nice twist. Thanks for the idea, Ree!

Lindsay on 6.29.2010

WOW!!! Those sound amazing, I can’t stop the drool!

sayaka h. on 6.29.2010

hmm, asian + mexican. i’ll have to try it out!

Jessica @ How Sweet on 6.29.2010

I am almost jumping for joy. I know exactly what I am making for dinner!