Easy Chicken Fajitas

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Easy Chicken Fajitas are one of our all time favorite dinners.

Tender juicy chicken breasts, fresh crisp peppers and sweet onions tossed in an easy homemade seasoning and piled high in tortillas.

This recipe takes just minutes to prepare and everyone LOVES it!Chicken fajitas in a cast iron pan with tortillas and lime.

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We love fajitas in our house!  Not only are they delicious and healthy, they’re one of my all time favorite Mexican foods!

These Easy Chicken Fajitas are the perfect weeknight meal because they’re on the table in about 20 minutes start to finish!  I used a combination of red and yellow peppers and also added in a sliced poblano pepper as well as it was what I had on hand!  These are quite forgiving so you can add in whatever you like!

How Do I Season Chicken for Fajitas?

These chicken fajitas are flavored with an easy homemade seasoning.  While you can purchase fajita seasoning packets, I find combining my own spices not only adds more flavor but has less salt and additives.   In a pinch you could use taco seasoning (but add a little bit of extra ground cumin if you have it on hand).

Because I serve this as a family meal, I usually soak the onions in cold water while I prep the rest of the ingredients.  This seems to take a bit of the “bite” out of them and my kids prefer them that way.  It’s best not to overcrowd the pan with the chicken so this recipe calls for it to be cooked in two batches.  If your pan is extra large, you can certainly cook it all at once.

We top ours with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream…  but you can get creative with the toppings making it a fun family meal!  Olives, shredded veggies such as carrots or cabbage, guacamole or avocados, they all making amazing toppings!

Chicken Fajita filling in a frying pan with peppers and onions.

Are Fajitas Healthy?

Yes…. as written, these Chicken Fajitas are healthy.  The fajita filling in this recipe is definitely healthy, lean chicken, fresh peppers and homemade seasonings with a dash of olive oil.  I personally love to serve these with corn tortillas since I love the flavor.

These fit perfectly into the 21 Day Fix plan as well if you follow it (just be sure to use corn tortillas and use 1 teaspoon less oil) and they’re perfect if you’re a Weight Watcher!!  21 Day Fix count is 1 red (chicken), 1 green (peppers & onion) and 1 yellow (2 small corn tortillas). This excludes any toppings you may add (cheese, sour cream etc.)

If you’d like to have these as a healthier option, be mindful of your toppings.  Consider using low fat cheese and even use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.  Load them up with crisp lettuce and juicy ripe tomatoes too!

Easy Chicken Fajitas

These Easy Chicken Fajitas are the perfect weeknight meal because they’re on the table in about 20 minutes start to finish!  I used a combination of red and yellow peppers and also added in a sliced poblano pepper as well as it was what I had on hand!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 lime
  • 3 bell peppers , red, yellow, green or orange
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Cut onion into slivers & slice peppers.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, juice of 1/2 lime, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, pepper, cumin and salt. Cut chicken into strips and toss with the spice mixture.
  3. Preheat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high. Add 1/2 of the chicken and cook until just cooked, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  4. Set chicken aside and add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Drain onions well and cook 2 minutes. Add in sliced peppers and cook an additional 2 minutes or just until hot. Add chicken back to the pan and stir to combine.
  5. Squeeze additional lime overtop and serve over tortillas.

Notes:

Optional: If I am serving these to kids, I find soaking the onions in cold water for a bit takes a bit of the “bite” out of them.

*Calories calculated without tortillas.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 252 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Easy Chicken Fajitas! These make for a great weeknight meal because they are so quick and easy... and the kids love to pile them high with their favorite toppings! 21 Day Fix and WW approved!

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

74 comments on “Easy Chicken Fajitas”

  1. I can’t see the temp and for how long.

  2. How much did the boneless, skinless chicken breasts in your recipe weigh?  Three chicken breasts is a little vague since chicken breasts come in different sizes. Thanks!

    Rating: 4
  3. Thanks for this recipe! Easy, quick and delicious!

    Rating: 5
  4. Thank you for this recipe! Easy , quick and delicious!

    Rating: 5
  5. These are easy to make and delicious. The lime juice and smoked paprika really add a nice flavour.

  6. This is my go to recipe twice a month ! Delicious! Passed it to my cousin her family loves it! Thanks 

  7. Thank you for a great recipe. The toppings and creative ideas for additions to the basic recipe are so helpful! Any chance the notes section in the recipe print page could include this info to keep it all together? 

  8. Delicious!  Whole family loves it!

    Rating: 5
  9. This was awesome!! My family loved it and I will be making this again!! We have “taco Tuesday” once every week and this will now be added into our rotation of Mexican dishes!

    Rating: 5
  10. My wife loves fajitas in general, but absolutely loved when I made this recipe. Thanks!

    Rating: 5
  11. This was very good & mild. I will put this in my rotation. I did not have lime but used lemon instead & only used a few pinches of smoked paprika. I also added 2 pressed garlic cloves to the chicken.

    Rating: 5
  12. For 21 day fix do you do everything in a separate container to get container count?

  13. OMG (Oh! My! Gourmet!) This is the best fajita recipe EVER!!!! It’s definitely going in the “Go-To” recipe box!!

  14. Are we adding the whole cumin or powdered cumin?

  15. Deliciousness, I served it over rice

  16. I am planning on trying your easy chicken fajitas recipe. I am currently on the 21 day fix diet. Can you please send me the portion size and container breakdown. Thanks!

  17. So good! I’m wondering if that last tablespoon of oil is necessary (for the veggies) since there’s a lot of liquid in the skillet after cooking the chicken. I may give that a try next time. Thanks for the recipe; will definitely make this again.

  18. Made it last night. The family loved it. Added a touch of adobo seasoning. Da bomb!

  19. This was absolutely delicious and a total breeze! Thanks for the healthy, quick dinner!!

  20. If I need to keep the meat and veggies separate, could I toss the veggies in the seasoning Andy lime juice too?

  21. It turned out very yummy. I am proud of these fajitas. I had tried other recipes but this one is a keeper.

  22. I made this a few weeks ago, and it is by far the best fajita recipe we have tried!!(Beat the heck out of Chili’s and Applebees!) Thank you for sharing. I’m thinking I’m going to try it with some thin sliced pork filet cutlets!! Thank you again!!

  23. This is the BEST recipe for fajitas that I have ever made! So good and the leftovers are great on salad the next day! Just lettuce, the chicken and peppers mix and a little ranch dressing! So good! I have made this so many times and figured I would take a minute to say thanks for sharing! I have posted it so many times on my Facebook as well! :)

  24. I didn’t have chicken so I used skirt steak. Oh my goodness, these were so good!

  25. Such an easy recipe and I loved it! I tweaked it a little and added more spice with extra chili powder and jalapeños but it was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing !

  26. I make this recipe all the time people would have never guessed that they were weight watchers approved!!so great! Even made a huge batch for a taco bar night and everyone loved them!

  27. Is this recipe a serve immediately recipe or is it okay to make and portion out and put in fridge until ready to eat?

    • I eat this as leftovers and it reheats perfectly. I would suggest making the filling and then when you’re ready to eat, just heat the filling portion and prepare your fajita.

  28. What is the portion and container count for 21 day fix?

    • This would be 1 red (chicken), 1 green (peppers & onion) and 1 yellow (2 small corn tortillas). This excludes any toppings you may add (cheese, sour cream etc.)

  29. I added butter and garlic to the olive oil to cook the chicken and topped the fajitas with cilantro, avocado, cheese, and corn! Yum!!!

  30. Do you think this would be ok in the crock pot? Thanks.

  31. This was sooooo good! The chicken was very tender. I cooked everything at the same time in different skillets. I topped it off with lime and cilantro and OMG I’m so happy. Thanks kindly…

  32. Hi Holly,
    Was just curious as to why you cook the chicken in two batches instead of just all at one time. I’ve never seen that before in fajita recipe directions. I personally have had to when all I had was a small skillet. -ps-I like your tip about the onion and I’m going to try it. -Thanks!

    • I just find it cooks better and caramelizes a little better for me if the pan isn’t overcrowded. If you have a large enough pan, by all means do it at once!
      Enjoy Ellen!! :)

  33. One serving is how much of which containers?

    • This would be 1 red (chicken), 1 green (peppers & onion) and 1 yellow (2 small corn tortillas). This excludes any toppings you may add (cheese, sour cream etc.)

  34. I will make this weekend!

  35. Do you happen to know the container count per serving for 21 day fix?

  36. Holly is my aunts name and that’s what were having tonight.

  37. Excellent ! Definitely will be a repeat in my house !
    How many calories per serving ?

  38. May I ask why the onions soak in cold water? I’ve never heard of doing that before and wondered what the benefit is? I’m always looking for tips!!

    • I just find it takes a little bit of the bite out, especially since they don’t cook very long. It’s completely optional but my kids prefer them if they’re a little bit milder. :)

  39. Delicious!Made it today and it was so good, everybody enjoyed it :)
    Will be a regular meal at home, thanks for sharing this recipe with us :)

  40. Great recipe, i needed to look up a chicken fajita recipe for tomorrows lunch, this is perfect.

    Many Thanks

    Christopher

  41. I’m planning on making this recipe for my firehouse tomorrow on shift, should I cut the chicken into strips before adding to the pan?

  42. My family went NUTS over this recipe! I made this for my boy friend’s dinner which we had with my family and everyone raved about how good this was! Comments I received from my family: ” it was the best fajitas they have ever had”. And it’s very easy!

  43. this recipe was so good!! Definitely a keeper!

  44. I really wish you could tell us how many servings your recipes are.

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