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. You’re essentially making fajita veggies.
  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 Fajita Recipes to Try

If you love fajitas as much as I do, I think you’ll love these tasty variations!

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.

Chicken Fajitas - Easy & Flavorful!

5 from 205 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 26 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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.
    Mixing the fajita seasoning in a bowl.
  • Generously sprinkle the fajita seasoning on both sides of the chicken and use your fingers to 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.
  • While your chicken is cooking, cut the bell peppers and onion into thin slices.
    Slicing the bell pepper into strips.
  • Once the chicken has finished cooking, remove it to a plate and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Add the bell peppers and onion to the same skillet over medium heat and saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • When the bell peppers are just about done sauteing, slice the chicken breasts into strips.
  • 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.
    Serving the chicken fajitas with tortillas, guacamole and other ingredients.

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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402 comments on “Chicken Fajitas”

  1. While cleaning/organizing my freezer earlier today, I unearthed some chicken tenders. I also had a half a bell pepper and some onion left over from the previous night’s black bean burgers. Fajitas was the first thing that popped into my head and of course Downshiftology was the first place I looked for a recipe. I had to scale it down, but it was delicious. Next time I’ll definitely be making a full batch. You never let me down, Lisa! Thanks for yet another keeper.5 stars

  2. Very good and easy to make.5 stars

  3. I want so much to try this recipe. However, when I try to print it, the image is a box so small on the page that I can’t read it. I can’t figure out how to fix this. Too bad.

    • Oh no! Can you let me know which image you are referring to? You can also choose to remove the images with the little camera toggle button if they are taking up too much space.

  4. These were so yummy! I made them tonight. Super simple and quick! Definitely will be a favorite in my house!!!5 stars

  5. Made this for dinner last night! Amazing! 100% going to make it again!5 stars

  6. This is by far the best chicken fajita dish i have ever made. DEIICIOUS!!!! Stick to the recipe as written, you wont be disappointed,5 stars

  7. I needed something fast with 3 chicken breasts and decided on fajitas. This seemed easiest so I gave itago. My family LOVED IT!!
    ‘Best fajitas I ever made- said everyone.5 stars

  8. I personally like reducing the amount of bell peppers and adding black beans to the pan. It increases the amount of protein, and you can never go wrong with legumes!!5 stars

  9. A big like to this recipe!!! First time cooking chicken fajitas and loved it! Thank you 🙏 5 stars

  10. Excellent recipe and spices. I grilled my chicken instead of cooking it in the pan. Grilled chicken is always better.5 stars

  11. My husband and I just make chicken fajitas using this recipe.  This is SO much better than the packaged mix!  DELICIOUS!
    Thank you for sharing it.5 stars

  12. How many pounds of chicken breast is this recipe for?

  13. Tonight I will be making this for my second time. This recipe is delicious and super easy. Thank you for sharing.

  14. I loved your video. Short and sweet without a lot of “cute talk”. Making it for dinner tonight.5 stars

  15. Great seasoning combination!  I used pre-sliced chicken breast, and it worked really well.5 stars

  16. Delicious!! Love the spice combo. Didn’t have lime but it still tastes great with sour cream and salsa. Will make again!5 stars

  17. Very easy to make! Excellent balance of flavors!5 stars

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