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 241 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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459 comments on “Chicken Fajitas”

  1. Excellent!  I sprinkled my seasoning on four medium chicken breasts and let it sit while I prepped the veggies. I cooked exactly as you wrote and rested the chicken breasts while I stir fried the veggies in the same pan. Just yum every step of the way!  Served on tortillas with salsa and plain Greek yougurt along side air fried sweet potato chunks tossed with EVOO and the same seasoning. Big hit with the family as we’re sitting here enjoying Canada’s Grey Cup! (I kept the fourth cooked chicken breast for lunch later this Week! . 5 stars

  2. I’ve made this several times now and the family loves it. The first time I made as-written (I try to do that with any new recipe) and it was great just as written. But I am a tinkerer – subsequent times I’ve quartered the breasts and made a marinade by adding all the spices to some olive oil, lime juice and water and let the chicken marinade an hour or so. Plus I add 1.5 teaspoon of onion powder (yes, I know there’s onions in the veggie part, but it still seems to add additional flavor).

    The other change is to fix a problem of my own making. I do the veggies first, then the chicken, and mix back together in a separate dish. This is only because I am weird and like to cook this dish using a smoking hot pan to get some blackening on both the chicken and the veggies. If you do this (blackening) with the chicken first you end up with loose black bits that get all over the veggies.

    But again, this recipe is truly great as it stands. No need to monkey around with it. Unless you’re weird like me!

    Thanks!5 stars

  3. Fantastic recipe. Better than my local Mexican place because of less salt. Made as written but used more lime at the end. Will definitely go on the dinner menu rotation here.5 stars

  4. Will absolutely be making this again!! When putting the seasoning on it looked like way too much but I went with it…even tossed the little bit left onto the peppers and onions when sautéing them.  Topped with homemade salsa. Pico, cheese and sour cream … chicken was perfect!! 5 stars

  5. This is the easiest and best-tasting fajita recipe I have tried. The marinade is what uplifts the chicken into such a flavorful dish. I am Texan and this recipe stands tall in my book! Thank you.5 stars

  6. Hate to say it but they were much better than the last receipt I tried. I don’t think I will be looking for anymore fajita receipts. and I am signing up NOW lol

    will be watching more {all} of your videos on you tube.5 stars

  7. This recipe was easy and delicious. I cut up my chicken, seasoned it and let it sit while I cut up veggies. Cooked the chicken on our blackstone grill, took it off, did the veggies and added it all back together. Served with some black beans. YUM!5 stars

  8. I made this recipe on Saturday. Everyone loved it.  It was so easy and the seasoning gave it a wonderful taste.  I plan on using this recipe  often.

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