Chicken Fajitas

These homemade chicken fajitas are such a flavorful meal! This quick and easy recipe takes only 25 minutes from start to finish. This classic Mexican inspired recipe is great for the whole family. Everything comes together quickly and easily in one skillet!
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These chicken fajitas are a flavorful Tex-Mex favorite perfect for weeknight family dinners! Made with grilled chicken, onions, and peppers, they are served with warm tortillas and your favorite toppings, such as cheese, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. This 25-minute meal is a healthy and family-friendly recipe that everyone will love. Make restaurant-quality fajitas in the comfort of your home!

Try these Chicken Fajita Bowls too! For more ideas, check out these Chicken Breast Recipes.

Chicken fajitas.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These chicken fajitas take only 25 minutes in total!
  • They are quick and easy to make.
  • Great for busy weeknights! So is this Stuffed Chicken Breast and this Peanut Butter Chicken!
  • Make the chicken on a stovetop skillet or on the grill. Both work well.
  • The whole family will love this Mexican-inspired recipe. Try these Carnitas too!
  • Everything is made in one skillet. Easy to clean up!
  • They are flavorful and satisfying, with a perfect blend of savory and spicy flavors.
  • They are versatile and can be customized to your liking.
  • They are an excellent meal for a group, as everyone can build their own fajitas.
  • The fajitas are gluten free, dairy free, nut free, Paleo, low carb, and sugar free.
  • Check out these Steak Fajitas or this Chicken and Rice for another family dinner favorite!

Ingredients & Substitutes

Scroll down to the recipe card below for the full chicken fajitas recipe!

Olive oil helps sear the chicken and veggies. Avocado oil is another great choice.

Use boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. These are both great options.

The chicken fajita seasoning blend is spicy, bold, and flavorful. Feel free to adjust the amounts to suit your taste.

Bell peppers and onions become soft and tender. They add so much flavor.

Lime juice adds a delicious freshness to the dish.

Serve with tortillas, guacamole, and salsa if desired. You could also make them into chicken fajita bowls with a little brown rice!

Ingredients for chicken fajitas.

Taste & Texture

These chicken fajitas have the best flavor and texture! The chicken is juicy and flavorful. In addition, the onions and peppers are tender and slightly caramelized.

The combination of flavors and textures is truly amazing. These flavors are bold, a little spicy, and tasty.

How to Make

Step 1

First, add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. While the oil heats, season the chicken.

Step 2

Use a meat mallet to pound out the chicken breast to ½ inch thickness. In a small mixing bowl, combine the cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, and chili powder. Rub this seasoning mix all over the chicken.

Fajita seasoned chicken breast.

Step 3

Once the oil is hot, carefully place the seasoned chicken in the pan. Cook for 5 minutes. Carefully flip and cook for another 5 minutes, or until cooked through. Set the chicken aside.

Seared chicken breast.

Step 4

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sliced peppers, and onions to the skillet. Cook over low medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Peppers and onions in skillet.

Step 5

Slice the chicken into long thin strips. Add the chicken back to the pan. Add in the lime juice. Then, stir together.

Step 6

Finally, serve these chicken fajitas with tortillas, guacamole, and salsa if desired.

Expert Tips for Success

Here are a few expert tips and tricks for making the best chicken fajitas.

Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. This will make the chicken easier to cook evenly.

Cook or grill the chicken over medium heat until cooked through.

Do not overcrowd the skillet or grill. This will prevent the chicken from cooking evenly.

Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing it. This will help keep the chicken moist.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

There are endless flavor variations for chicken fajitas! Here are a few ideas.

Use different types of meat, such as steak, shrimp, or fish.

Or, leave out the meat entirely and make vegetable fajitas.

Add different types of vegetables, such as zucchini, mushrooms, or corn.

Adjust the amounts of the spices, such as more cumin, chili powder, or cayenne pepper.

Add different types of toppings, such as guacamole, sour cream, or pico de Gallo. A little cheese is delicious too.

Seasoned poultry and veggies.

How to Serve & Store

Chicken fajitas are best served fresh and hot from the pan or grill!

Serve with guacamole, sliced avocado, salsa, and cheese. Use tortillas or brown rice as the base of the fajitas.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat, simply warm the fajitas in a pan over medium heat until they are heated through.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these fajitas ahead of time? 

Yes, you can make the fajitas up to 2 days ahead of time. Just grill the chicken and vegetables, and then assemble the fajitas. Wrap the fajitas tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve, let the fajitas come to room temperature before slicing the chicken and assembling them.

What kind of tortillas should I use?

We recommend using corn tortillas for authentic flavor. If you have extra, make these Mulitas!

What are some other dishes that I can make with leftover fajitas?

You can use leftover fajitas to make quesadillas, burritos, or nachos. You can also add them to soup or salad.

What goes well with chicken fajitas?

Serve with Mexican rice, beans and rice, guacamole, salsa, corn, or a side salad. We love this Mexican street corn!

How should you cut chicken for fajitas?

Slice the chicken breasts horizontally in half, so that you have two thinner pieces. Then, cut the chicken breasts against the grain into thin strips. 

What are chicken fajitas made of?

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs are typically used for fajitas. The chicken is cut into thin strips and cooked until cooked through. Bell peppers, onions, and sometimes mushrooms are the most common vegetables used in fajitas. The vegetables are typically cut into strips and cooked until crisp. Fajitas are typically seasoned with a blend of spices, such as chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.

Do you slice chicken before or after cooking for fajitas?

You can slice the chicken before or after. We prefer to slice the chicken after cooking. This allows the chicken to stay extra tender and juicy.

Do you need a cast iron skillet?

No! Feel free to use a nonstick skillet as well.

Should you use chicken breasts or thighs?

Chicken breasts are a good option for fajitas because they are lean and have a mild flavor. However, chicken breasts can be dry if they are overcooked. Chicken thighs are a good option for fajitas because they are more flavorful than chicken breasts and they are less likely to dry out.

Healthy fajitas on plate.

Equipment Needed

Our Place Always Pan: This is a great pan for making fajitas with chicken.

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