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 409 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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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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697 Comments

  1. Made these fajitas this evening and they were delicious! I filled the recipe to the T but added a few jalapeños on my tortilla. The extra kick made this dish a new staple! Thank you for the easy to follow video as well!5 stars

  2. Thank you for the recipe for the fajita seasoning. I used it to season the chicken breast I am chopping up to go on a taco bar for a happily ever after party.5 stars

  3. Great flavor , could use a lil bit more heat I may throw in a pinch of cayenne pepper the next time I make it. But will make again . Perfect flavor for kids who are being introduced to fajitas5 stars

  4. I plan to make the fajitas tomorrow. Hope you can advise on the weight of one chicken breast. The chicken breast I buy are precleaned and pkged. They are so very large and seems like this recipe would take a smaller one.

    Thank you.
    Rochelle

      1. Thank you so much. You were just in the nick of time. I was preparing to coat the breast with the spices. This sounds so good and healthy. I can’t wait to have it with our football game.5 stars

  5. Our family really enjoyed this. It was quick and easy with lots of flavor. I think the spice mixture is what makes this recipe. I used all of it by sprinkling what I had left on top once I added the sliced chicken back in with the. Envies and sautéed a little bit. I added some sliced tomato with the chicken as well just because I had to use it up. Otherwise followed the recipe. Thank you for a great recipe!5 stars

    1. Thanks Shawn! Happy to hear your family loved these chicken fajitas. And yes, it’s all about that spice blend. ;)

    1. That’s great to hear, Wendy! I hope you and your family love this chicken fajitas recipe to come.

  6. Hey Lisa the fajita recipe was so easy and delicious to make I used orange and black pepper spice in mine. Needless to say there were no leftovers thank you so very much.

  7. OK this looks amazing, cooking this tonight,following instructions totally!! I’m sure it will be loved!!!!! Thanks5 stars

  8. It looks amazing but I am just wondering how many calories are in it. I am aware it says 140kcal but converted to calories that is 140,000 calories so I am just a bit confused.5 stars

  9. Easy, delicious and healthy — my 3 favorite recipe qualities! My husband and I loved these and will add to our rotation list — yum!5 stars

  10. Delicious! I used the portions of spices as shown … for one (1) chicken breast, halved longwise. Perfect.

    1. Glad this chicken fajitas recipe worked out great and you were able to tweak the serving and ingredient amount!

  11. This was an easy recipe to pull together. I cut the chicken breasts into strips first so all sides were coated with the spices and they cooked up faster. For our family it needed more spice so adding more of that mixture or using salsa to serve would have been more to our liking, but that’s personal preference. Thanks for the easy, delicious recipe.5 stars

    1. Yes, spice level is always a personal preference. But it’s certainly easy to add a little bit more. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  12. I’m a “Cheat” and proud of it. I got the chicken breasts and sliced them into bite size pieces, tossed them in a Zip Lock Bag and smothered them with the Fajita Seasoning and let the sit in the refrigerator overnight. Then I went to the market to buy the bell peppers and onion. It was then I found a package of prewashed, pre sliced Bell Peppers, red, green and yellow AND red onion. I decided to go that route. And like the last time I made Chicken Fajitas, following your instructions, they came out just as delicious. I guess it’s the end result that counts, right?

    1. This fajita recipe was great! I also did a can of refried beans, on the side, which made it even better. The Pico de gallo was awesome, and my husband loved the whole meal. Super easy, healthy, and not expensive! I used 2 large chicken breasts, cut in half, and the seasoning was enough for that, but needed a little extra cook time. Overall, very thankful to have found this recipe!5 stars

      1. So happy you and your husband loved the chicken fajitas, Rebecca! And you can’t go wrong with some beans on the side.

  13. — Love It! This is a great get together meal when placed into a wrap —

    Best chicken fajitas ever, I always place it into a wrap together with some pico de gallo and oregano-salt mixed avocado + some hungarian “tejföl – garlic” mix.5 stars

  14. This recipe is soooo good! I feel like I’m connected to my culture when I make it. Definitely recommend!5 stars

  15. We really enjoyed the chicken fajitas. I did cut back on the cumin. My husband is a little picky about that. I added 1 tsp. instead of 1/2 Tbs. It was just right for him. The blend of spices was so good. We will definitely make this again. Thank for sharing!

  16. The best recipe I’ve found! Even better than the packets in the store. Super easy preparation and turned out great! Printed and saved this recipe. Will def make again!!5 stars

  17. Granddaughter requested fajitas. She had them at a restaurant. I have never had them. Found and used your recipe. Liked how simple it was. She said yours was better than the restaurant. I found I needed to add a bit more spices to mine. I do not like “hot” but I do love spices. Thank you for sharing your recipe4 stars

  18. Quick easy low carb meal that gets the veggies in all in a single skillet. Great combination of spices that taste like a day in the kitchen when it’s only minutes!5 stars

  19. Ok, I’ve got to say this…. ever since discovering your recipe last year, it has been a hit in my house. My husband LOVES it and requests it every so often. Tears of joy fall down the side of his face when he hears that we’re having chicken fajitas that night and while he eats 70% off the skillet on his own.

    This recipe is a must and a go-to!5 stars

    1. I love that Jacqueline! Happy to hear this recipe has become a favorite now for both you and your husband.

  20. This is delicious!! Easy to make and highly recommended. The spice mixture would work well with chicken breasts in other recipes, too.5 stars

  21. So so good and such a crowd pleaser. This has become a regular dish in our household. The only thing I did differently was salt the bell peppers and onions when they’re being sautéed. There’s not enough seasoning on the skillet, and there’s not a ton that gets transferred from the chicken when you mix the chicken back in with the veggies.5 stars

  22. Came across this recipe and video and what a find it is. Going to prepare this for dinner tonight and there is no doubt it will be good,
    Presentation was very will done….thanks.5 stars

  23. I was in a pinch when friends dropped by. (Love them and happy to have them anytime) Anyways, I had a Costco cooked chicken, peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic, and all the fixings. Was a total of 15 mins and we all had a great snack.5 stars

  24. Hello! I am a new fan of yours. I found you by searching for healthy meal prep ideas. I am Mom to three and Grandma to three. My husband and I are loving your website and cookbook! We just made this dish tonight. It’s so good! Just the right spices. Thank you for all you do. God Bless.5 stars

  25. Good but lacked flavor Chicken may be better be marinated in spices. Will try again but double the spices and soak the chicken.4 stars

  26. Watched video….then had to make.  Made a batch for hubby with seasonings, then made small batch for ME, without any spices.  Both So YUMMY !!!  My new fave. So easy!

  27. I’ve never made fajitas before and these were fantastic. Just as good as what we typically get at our local restaurant! I made it exactly as directed except I just sprinkled bottled lime juice on top (that’s all we had on hand) and made it in our big electric skillet as I don’t own a cast iron skillet. Perfect!5 stars

  28. This recipe was simple and wonderful. Perfect blend of spices (I used extra) and cast iron was a huge plus for cooking. Will definitely make again. Even my college age son asked that I send him the recipe to make for his house mates!

    1. Thanks for leaving a review! I hope your son and his house mates enjoy this recipe as well :)

  29. The recipe is delish 😋. I baked the recipe in the oven on parchment paper. I like baked rather than fried. I also cut the chicken into strips with the peppers and onions and tossed the seasoning over everything before baking.5 stars

  30. This recepie is something my kids just adore :). I just did the veggie version with zucchini and bean and peppers. I put all the spices on veggies. When it’s done, put in tortilla with lettuce and sprinkle od soft cheese…. heaven :)

  31. I don’t normally leave ratings however, this recipe will be a staple in our household. It’s simple yet bold and authentic tasting. The cast iron suggestion is a must. My chicken breast came out so juicy and tender! Using the perfect herbs and spices rubbed in and the high heat from the skillet with olive oil 7-8 minutes on each side was key. Resting the meat is important. The ‘rest’ fell into place. The whole family table was oohing and aahing the whole time. Thank you for this recipe.5 stars

  32. This was soooooo delicious. I followed the recipe as is and watched your video. This is by far the best chicken fajita recipe I ever made. It’s even better than what I’ve had in restaurants. It’s is so flavorful and the extra freshness of the lime, took it over the top! Please add me to your mailing list. I don’t want to miss any of your new recipes. Thank you so much! This is a winner and a keeper!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much, Merri! I’m happy you loved the recipe. And for my mailing list, make sure to sign up using the button at the top of my website. :)

  33. This was incredible! I made it vegan using a soy based chick’n (Daring is my fave). I also added zucchini, squash, and mushrooms. 

  34. I used chicken tenders, not on purpose but husband bought wrong chicken. It really good and well seasoned so probably would do it again. Everyone loved it!

  35. Love this, super easy and I end up making it about 1X a week for easy, tasty dinners. My kids love them…

  36. These were so incredibly flavorful! My family loved them. I did substitute chicken thigh instead of breasts because I am not a dry meat fan haha but they turned out absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  37. Made these for cinco de Mayo and they were so simple, easy and delicious! Probably the easiest and most delicious fajitas recipe I have ever tried which is so nice! Definitely will be making again!5 stars