There are all kinds of ways to use the side burner. That lovely contraption that you’ve been using to sit your beverage on while grilling? If that’s how you have been treating your Char-Broil® grill side burner it’s time to change that. I’m often asked, “What do you do with your side burner?” The answer I give is that I love doing sauteed onions and peppers in my cast iron skillet. This is perfect for chicken fajitas. I have been enjoying using the side burner of my new Char-Broil® Commercial Series™ 4 burner grill for sauteing onions and peppers while I grill chicken fajitas. The tender chicken breast can be grilled on the main grill grate, while the peppers and onions saute on the side burner.
Pick up some large chicken breasts and prepare this easy marinade to make tender, juicy, flavorful chicken breasts.
I love fresh peppers. They are flavorful, colorful and are commonly used to top chicken fajitas. Pick up some red, green, orange and yellow peppers and slice them, discarding the inner seed/membranes. Grab two large sweet onions and slice them as well. In a cast iron skillet (or any skillet) add about 2-3 tablespoons of cooking oil (vegetable, olive oil, any oil will work). Turn your side burner on medium high heat until the oil is nice and hot. Then add in the sliced peppers and onions. Preheat the grill for grilling chicken breasts.
Let the side burner cook the peppers and onions for about 5 minutes. Then toss the peppers around in the pan allowing them to get soft and tender. Add some salt and pepper to the peppers. Grill the marinated chicken breasts on the main grill grate until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Every few minutes toss the peppers around until they become slightly caramelized and very tender (this usually takes me about 20-30 minutes). Once the peppers are cooked to your liking, turn off the heat to your side burner. The peppers can sit there until the chicken is finished. At this stage the grill should be putting off some amazing smells. The marinated chicken smells intoxicating when grilled and the peppers and onions smell just as good.
So this summer don’t let your side burner sit there unused. Make some fajitas and use your side burner to saute the peppers and onions.