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A pan of chicken fajitas with peppers and onions, topped with sliced avocado and cilantro.

Chicken Fajitas

These chicken fajitas contain zesty marinated chicken, peppers and onions, all cooked until caramelized and golden brown. An easy dinner option that tastes as good as what you'd get at a restaurant!
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 226kcal
Author Sara Welch


For the chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder

For the fajitas

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 3 bell peppers thinly sliced, can use red, orange, yellow or a combination of colors
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, salsa etc for serving


For the chicken

  • Place the 1/4 cup olive oil, lime juice, sugar, salt, cumin, garlic, water, smoked paprika, onion powder and chili powder in a gallon sized resealable bag or large bowl.
  • Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the chicken, onions and peppers to the marinade. Chill for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours.

For the fajitas

  • Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken and pepper mixture. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
  • Season with salt to taste if desired.
  • Sprinkle cilantro over the fajitas, then serve with tortillas and toppings of your choice.



Grilled Fajitas: Preheat a grill or indoor grill pan to medium heat. Use a grilling basket if you're using an outdoor grill. Cook the chicken and vegetables for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Broiled Fajitas: Place the chicken, peppers and onions on a sheet pan coated with cooking spray. Broil for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 605mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2700IU | Vitamin C: 81.7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2.6mg