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Chicken Fajita Recipe - Fajitas with a Special Marinade


Chicken Fajita Recipe

Chicken Fajita Recipe

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This chicken fajita recipe is one of my family's favorite dinners. It's quick, it's easy and it's inexpensive, too. You can make the marinade a day or even a week in advance. Then just toss it with the chicken 15 minutes before you're ready to cook. By the time you're finished cutting the peppers and onions, the chicken is ready for the skillet, and mouth-watering fajitas are minutes away.

It's also fun to make a fajita bar, and let the kids assemble their own dinner. Toppings might include tomato salsa, shredded Mexican cheese, guacamole, chopped fresh tomatoes and/or sour cream.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 3 Tbsp. canola oil or olive oil, divided
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2. tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 small red, green and/or yellow pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and cut into slices
  • 8 flour tortillas, warmed according to package directions
  • toppings like salsa, shredded lettuce, cheese, chopped tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream


  1. Make the marinade first: Whisk together 2 Tbsp. of the oil, the lime juice and zest, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder. (You can do this up to 1 week in advance. Just store the marinade in an airtight container in the fridge and toss with the chicken 15 minutes before you're ready to cook.)

  2. Cut the chicken into 1/2-inch wide strips. Place the chicken strips and the fajita marinade in a glass bowl, and stir to coat well. Refrigerate 15 minutes.

  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and onions, stir-frying 2 minutes or so until softened.

  4. Add the chicken to the skillet. Stir-fry the chicken with the vegetables until the chicken is cooked through.

  5. A fun way to serve chicken fajitas is to set up a fajita bar. Put a spoonful of the chicken, peppers and onions in the center of a warmed tortilla. Let everyone top with their favorite toppings (salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce, cheese, sour cream, etc.). Roll up and enjoy.

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