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Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas are an easy and flavorful weeknight meal. A classic Mexican recipe, juicy chicken is seasoned, seared and cooked to perfection, then tossed with sauteed bell peppers and onions. A squeeze of fresh lime adds a punch of flavor and the chicken fajitas are served with warm tortillas and toppings. You can’t beat this healthy family favorite recipe.

Chicken fajitas in a pan on a table with toppings.

Chicken Fajita Ingredients

Don’t you just love meals that only require a few basic ingredients? Well this chicken fajita recipe is just that. All you need is chicken, bell pepper, onion, lime juice and spices, plus tortillas and your favorite toppings. It’s incredibly easy.

It’s a one-pan recipe and in less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a tasty meal (I can’t get enough of those Mexican spices) that also makes for the best leftovers or meal prep.

Homemade Fajita Seasoning is Best

While you can buy pre-made seasoning packets, I’d caution against it. Nothing compares to the flavor of homemade fajita seasoning and it’s easy to whip up. Plus, you’ll avoid any unnecessary fillers and additives. Here’s a quick rundown of the spices you’ll need:

  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Three chicken breasts sprinkled with fajita seasoning.

How To Make Chicken Fajitas

Once you’ve made your fajita seasoning, the chicken fajitas come together fast. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Season the chicken. Generously sprinkle the fajita seasoning on both sides of the chicken and use your fingers to press it in.
  2. Cook the chicken. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and lightly coat it with a drizzle of olive oil or avocado oil. Sear the chicken breasts for about 7-8 minutes on each side. Then remove them from the pan and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing into strips.
  3. Saute the bell peppers and onion. While the chicken is cooking, cut the bell peppers and onions into thin slices. Then saute them in the same skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until caramelized.
  4. Mix together. Add the chicken back into the skillet, squeeze fresh lime juice on top and stir everything together.
  5. Wrap it up. Serve immediately with tortillas and extra toppings.

Chicken fajita ingredients in a saute pan.

Chicken Fajita Recipe Video

With a little slicing and sautéing you can whip up this recipe in no time. Watch the video below to see how I make it!

Do You Need A Cast Iron Skillet?

When it comes to cooking the chicken, a cast iron skillet is ideal for searing. It gives a nice char to it and maximizes the flavors from the seasoning. Just make sure to season your cast iron properly to prevent sticking. But if you don’t own a cast iron pan, you can use a stainless steel pan as well.

Customize Your Chicken Fajitas

While chicken fajitas taste great on their own, toppings can make all the difference. From a dollop of sour cream to cheese or avocado slices, fajitas are a fun way to serve customizable options for your family or a large party! A few of my favorite toppings are pico de gallo and guacamole.

And if you’ve got some chicken fajitas leftover, don’t limit yourself to just wrapping them in tortillas. You can use butter lettuce to make lettuce wraps for a lighter option. Or, you can throw them in a bowl with some leafy greens, black beans, sweet corn and avocado for an easy fajita salad.

Can You Meal Prep Chicken Fajitas?

Absolutely! This is a great recipe to make ahead as the sautéed chicken and vegetables will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge. Just store them in a sealed container and then reheat before adding to a tortilla or salad.

Chicken fajitas in a saute pan.

More Easy Mexican Recipes

And you can wash down all that deliciousness with a classic margarita or mango margarita. Enjoy!

Chicken fajitas in a pan on a table with toppings.
5 from 30 votes

Chicken Fajitas - Easy & Flavorful!

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 26 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Chicken fajitas are an easy and flavorful weeknight meal. This Mexican recipe that everyone will love can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. Watch the video above!

Ingredients

Chicken Fajitas

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 bell peppers , thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lime

Fajita Seasoning

  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For Serving

Instructions

  • Add the fajitas seasoning ingredients to a small mixing bowl and stir together.
  • Generously sprinkle the fajita seasoning on both sides of the chicken and use your fingers press it into the chicken.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sear the chicken breasts for about 7-8 minutes on each side. Then remove them from the pan and let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing into strips.
  • While your chicken is cooking, cut the bell peppers and onion into thin slices.
  • Once the chicken is removed, saute the bell peppers and onion in the same skillet over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the chicken back into the skillet, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and stir everything together.
  • Serve immediately with tortillas and extra toppings such as sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 275mg, Potassium: 389mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2160IU, Vitamin C: 80mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken Fajita recipe, Chicken Fajitas, How To Make Chicken Fajitas
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63 comments on “Chicken Fajitas”

  1. Ahhhhhhmazing I made the chicken fajitas and the Mexican rice during covid 19 I felt like I was out at a restaurant…… cant wait to look for more delicious recipes..

    • Hi Karen- The Mexican rice pairs perfectly with these chicken fajitas! I’m glad you enjoyed these and can’t wait to show you tons more new recipes coming up :)

  2. Hi Lisa,
    I made this recipe in less than 30 minutes and it was so delicious. I had all of the ingredients on hand and served this meal with avocado and sour cream. My brother, who is a very picky eater, asked for more. Thank you for this recipe! 

  3. Hi Lisa, 
    I made this recipe in less than 30 minutes and it was so delicious. I had all of the ingredients on hand and served this meal with some avocado and sour cream. My brother, who is a very picky eater, asked for more. Thank you so much for this!

    • Hi Mariya- Glad both you and your brother enjoyed this fajita recipe! Avocado and sour cream are my favorite toppings to add to this as well :)

  4. I wanted to stop to say thanks so much for this and all your recipes and suggestions. This recipe, in particular, is a regular in my house and is one of my favorites because it’s a standing reminder that home cooking is better. Thank you for showing me the way many times. 

    • Hi Mara- Sometimes, cooking at home feels great. Plus, you can always make fresh and delicious meals in an instant!

  5. This is one is soo good. Definitely is going to be our house’s favourite after a roasted capsicum and tomato soup😀 thank you so much for always making sure we have the best recipe results🤗🤩🙏🏻❤️

    • Hi Assem – So glad you and your family enjoyed this chicken fajita recipe! It’s so easy and simple to make as well :)

  6. Hi Lisa. I am on a roll again today. Been at it since 11am.  Made the falafel and tahini sauce. Made a classic beef stew in the crockpot since 2pm. Made a vegetable and bean chili. Made my own adobo sauce. Baked sweet plaintain slices in the oven. In the oven cooked up beer-braised beef and onions and potatoes. Now finishing up with chicken fajitas. This should feed the family all week. Now I am officially exhausted. Stay well. 

  7. I made fajitas for supper tonight. So delicious!! Your falafel recipe has always been my favourite but I think it’s now a tie with these fajitas. Thanks for another great recipe, Lisa!

    • Hi Sue – I’m so happy you loved the chicken fajitas! They’re one of my favorites for an easy supper as well. I’m happy to hear it ranks up there with my falafel recipe – woot! :)

  8. Hi, Lisa.
    Thanks to you, I was able to have a wonderful dinner with my family.
    It is not easy to get sour cream here in Korea so, I made some yogurt sauce instead. I just put some lemon juice and a pinch of salt in plain yogurt.
    I will look forward to your next video. :)

    • Hi Ji-hye – I’m so glad you loved this recipe all the way from Korea :) Can’t wait to show you my next video on Youtube!

  9. I finally made your fajita recipe and it was delicious!!!! I had it over spinach and my husband had his wrapped in a tortilla. Another simple, quick and delicious recipe! I’m starting to wonder how we ever lived without Downshiftology!

  10. This meal looks so sweet and healthy. I must prepare it by the end of the day.

  11. Made it last night and got raving reviews from husband and kids. I ate mine in a lettuce wrap. The kids added shredded cheese and put it in the oven for about 10 minutes. They loved it. I guess we can say that this one will be on repeat in the future. And the taco seasoning mix was so easy to make and very tasteful.  

    • Hi Babette – Looks like we found another winning recipe with the family! I love how each of you made your own variation on this :)

  12. Made Lisa’s chicken fajitas yesterday and my hubby and I were impressed! We already used package seasoning before and I feel this homemade version made a big difference! It’s so easy, tasty and colorful. Perfect for week night meals or meal prep! Will definitely do it again and again!

    • Hi Stephanie – Homemade seasoning is the best in my opinion! Plus it’s so easy to make :) I’m glad you and the hubby enjoyed this recipe.

  13. This dish is fabulous, I am not even a fan of bell peppers but my worm has been turned! Loved it. Not over complicated, easy to prep and pace the cooking so I even had a clean kitchen when it was time to plate up. The flavors of the spice mix are superb, I will judge all fajita recipes from this one going forward. Can’t wait to enjoy my leftovers tonight. 

    • Hi Susan – I’m so glad this recipe changed your mind about bell peppers :) It’s definitely one of the easiest recipes to keep on hand for a busy weeknight.

  14. I have made fajitas more times than I could even count. I decided this past weekend to make them using Lisa’s recipe (since all her other recipes have been so delicious I figured this would be too, and I wasn’t wrong). I had never made my own seasoning before, and I actually already had all the seasonings in my pantry, so no effort there. The other big difference was coating the chicken with the seasoning. I had always just sprinkled it over the top of all the ingredients and mixed it in. Doing it Lisa’s way was sooo much better! The sear and flavor that comes out made me just want to eat the chicken and forget about the rest of it! However, I moved forward and finished the meal. The peppers and onions did soak up all the flavor from the pan and the dish came together perfectly! I will now make fajitas following Lisa’s recipe every time going forward. *I used this dish as meal prep for the week and it reheats very well*

    • Hi Christy – Congrats on making your first batch of seasoning! And yes, giving the chicken a generous coating will really allow the flavors to soak up. Especially since you might lose some of it while searing :)

  15. I pretty much never write reviews on anything (just never seem to get around to it), but in the case of this recipe, I had to make sure to come back and do it…..because these fajitas are freaking AMAZING!!! So flavorful and so easy and simple to make! Each bite was just a flavor explosion. I love the fact that it uses pretty common spices that I already had. And it’s such a versatile recipe too. I threw in some black beans and corn along with avocado sauce and pico de gallo to make a bowl instead of using tortillas, and O.M.G. I cannot say enough good things. I could happily eat this everyday :) Thank you Lisa for another awesome recipe! I have no doubt you’re going to get to 1M in no time!

    • Hi Ruby – Wow! I’m so thrilled you loved this recipe. It’s definitely got tons of flavor from the homemade seasoning – and I love making salads out of it as well :)

  16. can’t find the right words to describe this amazing dish! sooooooo delicious! Never had better Fajitas! :) so yum!

  17. Hi Lisa, it’s so exciting every time you bring out a new recipe I can’t wait to get all the fresh, healthy ingredients and dive into my kitchen. The Fajita turned out delicious and the chicken crust is so good i made an extra 3 chicken breasts to freeze them in a stasher bag and use them as a salad topping!
    Can’t wait for the next recipe to come!
    What you created with downshiftology is 5 stars! Keep going! I want to see 1 Mio Subscribers on Youtube
    Come on #downshifters :))

    • Hi Laura – I’m so glad to hear you’re loving all my recipes so far! And that you enjoyed these chicken fajitas :)

  18. Lisa, you’ve done it again. Beautiful and tasty recipe. It’s a hit and just so easy to do. Full of flavour. Thank you once again

  19. These fajitas were AMAZING… so are all of her recipes.. thanks Lisa❤❤❤❤❤

  20. This is such a simple recipe but it makes a great meal. I doubled the recipe to use for meal prep this week and it reheats perfectly. Don’t skip the lime juice either, it brightens up the flavors and balances out the spices perfectly. I can’t wait to try this spice blend with shrimp!

    • Hi Amber – The lime juice is definitely a must to contrast all the spices :) Glad you enjoyed this recipe!

    • I agree Amber! I made this for meal prep as well, and even though I squeezed the lime over it initially, I also a lime wedge to my meal prep containers, so when reheating I can add that freshness back to it. It makes all the difference!

  21. Made this last night and it was so delicious that my super picky husband ate the leftovers today (which never happens) and even suggested we try it as a salad.  Will definitely be making this again!!!

    • Hi Deanna – A winner with the hubby is always a good sign. Turning this into a fajita salad will be just as delicious :)

  22. Made this tonight and it was a huge hit. Will definitely put in the rotation. Glad I made double the spice mix though as I added it to the veggies as they cooked because not a lot of spice was coming off the bottom of the pan as they cooked. 

    • Hi Jennifer – It’s always a good idea to have extra spice on hand as it can get lost when cooking. But, I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  23. These were so good! The spice blend is delicious, I might add a little pinch of cayenne next time for a little more spice. My chicken definitely needed more time cooking, but that might be because I was using a nonstick pan.

    • Hi Caille – Yes, the cooking time may differ a bit depending on your pan and also the size of your chicken breasts. But, I’m glad you enjoyed the seasoning!

  24. Easy and delicious! We just finished devouring this for dinner. I had all of the spices on hand, which made prep easier. I typically eyeball my seasoning mixes and had some left over after seasoning the chicken, so I tossed it in with the peppers and onions. Worked out great. Definitely a repeat. Thanks Lisa!

    • Hi Nik – The seasoning definitely does make all the difference in this recipe! Glad to hear this will become a dinner staple now :)

  25. I made this the night you posted the recipe and again the next day! These were a huge hit with my family. Now, I am hoping that you will come up with some coconut flour/milk free bread/pancake recipes. Being allergic to coconut, gluten, and dairy is tricky. As you know,  a lot of paleo recipes contain coconut. If you know a trick to sub out coconut flour I would love to know that trick. I haven’t had much luck. Thanks for all you do to support us on our journey to health and wellness. 

    • Hi Chelle – I’m so happy you loved the chicken fajitas recipe! And to answer your questions about a new bread recipe… keep your eyes peeled for my next YouTube video. I’ve got something creative up my sleeves! ;)

  26. Great recipe for a weeknight or guests! Simple and delicious! Thank you! 

  27. Such an easy to follow recipe thanks to the layout of this post. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Thanks for this awesome recipe. And I’m happy you give the individual seasoning for the fajita spices, and turns out I don’t even need to go out to get any new spice since I already have everything at home.

  29. Love chicken fajitas. It is one of my go-to meals when I can’t decide what to make!

  30. I absolutely love fajitas! Such an easy dinner!

  31. Awesome easy meal even the kiddos like.