Chicken Fajitas

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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!

4.99 from 418 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes
Total: 26 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

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!

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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

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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About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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717 Comments

  1. Hands down the tastiest and easiest fajitas I’ve ever made. Even my picky granddaughter loved them. Thank you for a winning recipe I will be making again and again 5 stars

  2. Loved the recipe! I doubled it and added guacamole instead avocado. Unfortunately, no leftovers for the next day’s lunch ☺️5 stars

  3. Use a heavy cast iron pan, and use it as the serving dish it so the fajitas stay hot. Squeeze the lime juice just before removing from stove and you will get the fajita sizzle. Works well on a gas grill also.

  4. This was the first recipe I made on my family loved it… Thank you so much looking forward to making anymore.5 stars

    1. The tortillas are actually not part of the nutritional information. Just the chicken fajitas themselves.

  5. YUM! This recipe was so good and so quick to make! The seasoning for the chicken is top notch – I will use that for multiple things now! You can truly taste all of the flavors. From prep to finish, I had a meal on the table in less than 30 minutes.

    The only thing I added more of was garlic powder, salt, and the juice from 2 small limes – purely preference!5 stars

  6. I just want to say I haven’t tried a recipe I haven’t loved from you! As I’ve been trying to learn to cook (and cook healthy) your the first person I check to see if you have a recipe on the meal. I just made the chicken fajitas recipe last night for my husband and I, and it’s going to become a weekly thing for us! Thank you so much!

  7. Making this once again tonight, absolutely lovely like all other recipes here and my whole family enjoys them! 5 stars

  8. Most excellent! I came here specifically for the fajita seasoning, but the entire recipe is spot on. I appreciate that you state to season the breasts, cook them, *then* slice them. That’s the way Mexican restaurants here in Texas do it. I don’t really get cutting into strips before cooking.

    Also want to mention that this is a gorgeous and easy-to-read site on mobile. Soooo many recipe sites are frustratingly hard to read because of all the flipping ads and social shares covering up the viewport (like JoCooks, for example). Not a good way to check your progress during prep and cooking! Makes me want to run far away.

    Kudos on all of it. I will most definitely be coming back for more!5 stars

    1. Thrilled to hear you’re loving this chicken fajitas recipe Terry! Thanks for leaving a review as well and can’t wait to see what you make next :)

  9. My family loves it and have requested this more often. I’ve even used the same seasoni g on steak and it came out great. Only thing I added was onion powder (same ratio as garlic) ❤️❤️❤️5 stars

  10. I have never written a review for a recipe before, but I had to for this one.
    This is the most AMAZING fajita recipe! The seasoning is delicious. The ratio of chicken to veggies is perfect.
    I would eat this instead of restaurant fajitas any day…it is that good!
    Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.5 stars

  11. I tried and loved your Chicken Fajitas. The dry rub you created was PERFECT. I have tried over a dozen dry rubs for various foods (chicken, pork ribs, pork chops and beef ribs) and they were NOT a flavorful as yours was.

    I did make one adjustment though. I put the chicken breasts in a bowl and covered them up. While I was frying the bell peppers and the onion, I started to slice the chicken breasts. I noticed that I had accumulated about a 1/4 cup of juices from the chicken breasts. I did not want to waste it so I added the juices to the veggies and the combination of the dry rub, the veggies and the chicken breasts was FANTASTIC. I will definitely make them again. Now if I can only figure out what other meats/pountry that I could use your dry rub I would be extremely. Any suggestions? Again, great reciple.5 stars

    1. Glad you enjoyed this chicken fajitas recipe! You could also use this dry rub over beef or pork :)

  12. Loved the recipe, didn’t have oregano, used Italian seasoning and it was wonderful. Even my picky eater loved it.5 stars

  13. Usually when I select a recipe, I Google it and pick the one that has the best review to comment ratio. I check out a few different ones and either take bits and pieces and combine them or choose the one I think will taste best.

    For this recipe I didn’t go through that process and just went into it with hopes that I wouldn’t be disappointed. It was AMAZING and EASY. I got my all my ingredients from Aldi for under $20, including rice, and there was alot of leftovers.

    I will be saving this recipe and next time I will try it out with different things (boneless skinless thighs, cilantro, etc) like others suggested in their comments to “make it my own” so to speak.

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe.5 stars

    1. Thanks so much for leaving a review Emily! Glad you enjoyed this chicken fajitas recipe :)

  14. This was delightful. I did salt a bit more post-cook (idk man my tastebuds 😂) but loved it loved it. 5 stars

  15. hello, this recipe looks easy and tasty and was interested in trying this out for our upcoming camping trip. i was thinking of pre-seasoning the chicken ahead in a ziplock bag and have them ready to cook or do you you think i should bring seasoning mix and season just before cooking? Thanks!

  16. Very good, but not quite spicy enough for my taste. Will try with smoked paprika next time. Also had to double recipe for two large chicken breasts. I’m a visual learner, so loved being able to watch the video…thanks!4 stars

  17. This is way better than buying any over the counter seasoning packet. I’d give this 10 stars if I could. 5 stars

  18. This dish has been a huge hit with my family. Unfortunately we have to omit the garlic powder due as I’m garlic intolerant, but it still tastes fantastic.5 stars

  19. All sorts of delicious and SUPER easy to throw together for a weeknight. Loved the seasoning mix. I did cut my chicken into strips first and tossed with the seasoning. I also saved a little of the seasoning mix to toss with the peppers and onions. Served with flour tortillas, guac and sour cream. Excited to have some leftover for lunch. Will definitely be making again!5 stars

  20. The seasoning was delicious and the meal turned out way better than any other fajita recipe I have used before. This is now my go to fajita recipe.  Easy and delicious.  Thank you.5 stars

  21. 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

  22. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

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

  28. 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

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

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

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