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Grapefruit Chicken Fajitas with Texas Red Grapefruit Salsa

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With citrus season winding down here in the Rio Grande I wanted to squeeze in one last citrus recipe.  Grapefruit chicken tacos with grapefruit salsa add a cooling punch to our current hot Texas nights.      

The chicken is marinated in grapefruit juice with oregano and grilled until juicy and tender. 

No grill.

No worries feel free to grill on a grill pan indoors or bake. 

Serve with your choice of flour or corn tortillas.  The salsa adds a tad heat to your tacos with the  jalapeno seeds removed, but if you crave more heat simply keep the seeds and mince the jalapeno.                  


I also think diced avocado would add a great touch to this salsa, or in my mom’s case she loves thick slices of avocado in a warm tortilla.  A spoon of this salsa over the top and you have a great meatless meal.  This recipe comes from one of my favorite Texans, Robb Walsh. Enjoy! Sweet Life  

Grapefruit Chicken

by Robb Walsh

The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook

serves 6

4~7ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons ground Mexican Oregano

Juice of 2 Texas Red grapefruits

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper

6 flour or corn tortillas

Texas Red grapefruit salsa (recipe follows)

Pound the chicken breast flat between two sheets of plastic wrap. Combine the garlic, Mexican oregano, juice from 1 grapefruit, and olive oil in a mixing bowl. Add the chicken breasts to the mixture and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. Discard the marinade.

Heat the grill. Season the breasts with salt and pepper and grill over hot coals for 2 minutes on each side. Move the chicken to a cooler part of the grill. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, basting with the juice from the second grapefruit, until cooked through. Heat the tortillas on the grill, turning often. Transfer the chicken breasts to a cutting board and slice them into long strips. Place the tortillas, grapefruit salsa, and other condiments such as chopped lettuce or black olives. Invite your guest to make their own fajita tacos.

Texas Grapefruit Salsa

by Robb Walsh

The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook

makes 2 cups

2 Texas red grapefruits

1 medium tomato, chopped fine

1 cup diced green, red, and yellow bell pepper in any combination

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

3 tablespoons chopped red onion

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

salt to taste

Supreme the grapefruit and dice the sections. Combine with the other ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Allow to mellow for 30 minutes in the refrigerator for the flavors to combine.


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Craving more grapefruit?  Check these tasty recipes

Citrus Margarita

Sparkling Citrus Punch

Candied Grapefruit Rind

Grapefruit Cake

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28 Responses to Grapefruit Chicken Fajitas with Texas Red Grapefruit Salsa

  1. Thank you Bonnie! I never win anything, so I completely forgot I even entered :)
    Can’t wait to try the strawberry honey.

    Your grapefruit creations always sound so good… This is no exception :)

  2. I’ve made citrus salsas, but never with grapefruit. I’ll be this would be awesome with fish!


  3. Every so often lately, I’ve been eating grapefruit as an afternoon pick me up since I can never really have it at breakfast so close to my thyroid pill.
    Having it used this way into a fajaita sound incredibly appetizing.
    Btw…the bowl is too adorable…puts the spirit into your lovely post ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  4. What a lovely salsa. The grapefruit takes it to another level. This is a great dish to keep in mind for Cinco de Mayo. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. Echoing comments about the refreshing use of grapefruit (and those Texas ruby reds are the best). It has a touch of winter (citrus) but the colors and the lightness are all about spring. Kind of like our spring – a touch of both seasons.

  6. I love the idea of marinating chicken in grapefruit juice, the flavors must be amazing and the salsa sounds wonderfully refreshing!

  7. I LOVE this beautiful dish!! What a splendid way to grill chicken. Oh my, I’m salivating just thinking about it. :-)

  8. oh that salsa looks so fresh and full of flavor!

  9. I often make fruit salsas with mango, pineapple or papaya, but I have never used grapefruit. It sounds very refreshing, with a nice, tart edge. Thanks for the idea.


  10. Oh I agree, some avocado and this salsa and I would be most happy :) What a beautiful salsa and such color, gorgeous!

  11. Wow, this salsa with grapefruit looks delicious, not only the colors but the flavors as well…great meal. Hope you are having a great week :-)

  12. This looks delicious! I’m posting a crispy fried avocado salad sometime today or tomorrow that would go perfectly with this! My Cinco de Mayo menu is starting to come together:D

  13. I’ve got that cookbook! It’s awesome!

  14. That looks delicious and can I just that I love your green cow salsa holder too! :D

  15. This is the most incredible sounding meal and I love the idea of adding avo. This definitely gets my taste buds dancing around.
    :-) Mandy

  16. This looks beautiful! However, believe me I have tried, and will try many more times, but grapefruit and avocado is…something that I still have to learn to love, sadly. But I will learn, I will!

  17. That is one sexy looking cow. Cause of the super hot salsa, obviously. Brilliant post. Well done :)

  18. Oh Bonnie, even though it was snowing a minute ago here. This recipe surely took me to warm summer. I love citrus, salsa out of it even better.

  19. huge success here! They look so good and perfect for Cinco de Mayo here in a couple of days! So fresh with the salsa!

  20. Hahaha. That cute cow dish has me laughing. Love the colors of the salsa. I’m definitely craving citrus lately, so I think some salsas are in order.

  21. Oh my, these look delicious! Think I’ll need to try this one myself. Look forward to reading more of your blog.

  22. Yum! I will be making these… like tomorrow.

  23. Gorgeous! I’ll take 3 tacos, por favor. And I totally adore your little cow salsa/condiment dish. Want it.

  24. Grapefruit is one citrus that I can’t get enough of and i love seeing it in fun, new recipes! The acid from it, paired with the fatty avocado, would be a match made in heaven!

  25. Grapefruit. That’s an interesting citrus addition since I’m so used to lime. I’m willing to give this a shot!

  26. Mmm, this is such a fresh and original idea. I love making tacos and burritos at home, but they tend to fall into the chunky-salsa-and-meat category. Thanks for thinking outside the mango and bringing us sweet and sour grapefruit salsa! So refreshing!

  27. Lovely! So fresh and delicious tasting. My kind of food.



  28. What a fresh, delicious salsa!

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