Flavorful Chicken Fajitas Recipe
Flavorful Chicken Fajitas Recipe
- 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
- 1/2 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
- 1/2 medium green pepper, julienned
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 6 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
- Shredded cheddar cheese, taco sauce, salsa, guacamole and sour cream
- 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice and seasonings; add the chicken. Seal and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
- 2. In a large skillet, saute peppers and onions in remaining oil until crisp-tender. Remove and keep warm.
- 3. Discard marinade. In the same skillet, cook chicken over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink. Return pepper mixture to pan; heat through.
- 4. Spoon filling down the center of tortillas; fold in half. Serve with cheese, taco sauce, salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Yield: 6 servings.
1 serving (1 each) equals 369 calories, 15 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 689 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.
Reviews for Flavorful Chicken Fajitas
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"Amazing fajita recipe. I've never made them before and everyone raved. The chicken comes so moist and tender...better than the restaurants. The only change I made was, I marinaded the chicken all day (because I was at work) and not the recommended 1-4 hours the recipe suggested. Definitely a keeper!!"
"This recipe was one of the Top 10 of 2015, and I heartily agree! I have made it several times and it never fails. (My only substitution was lime juice for the lemon.) Wonderful addition to my TexMex repertoire!"
"This was really good! Add some chopped coriander on top to garnish!"
"Wow! These fajitas got it going on. Easy to make. Flavor is spot on. I did use lime juice instead of lemon. These made it in my receipe rotation for sure!"
"This will be my new "go to" for fajitas. I used to make a seasoning that had corn starch in it and it much prefer this one. I made as is, but like someone else's post about lime juice as opposed to lemon juice. I'll give that a try next time."
"Hadn't made fajitas before. These were very good. I thought it was a lot seasoning at first for the chicken, but blended well together. I did add tomatoes with jalape?os to the veggies for more flavor and my husband and I like things with a little heat. I did not put taco sauce on the fajita as I thought it would overpower the flavors. Will definitely make these again!"
"This was wonderful! Both my husband and I loved this fajita seasoning. The only change I made to the seasoning was to use lime juice instead of lemon juice. As far as the rest goes - make other or more vegetables as desired! We often make fajitas, so, we already know we like to cook one full onion and one each of the following bell peppers: red, green and yellow."
"We love to cook & can be selective about spices....this combination was excellent. Per our preference, we used boneless/skinless chicken thighs. We warmed our flour tortillas on a cast iron pan until right before they toast too much to fold (adds another layer of yummy flavor). Good enough to make for company, goes together FAST. My only change will be to double the veggies & onion."
"I have made this since it first appeared in 2000 and it is a keeper. All family loves it, even the most picky grandkids. Occasionally substitute lime juice for lemon just for a change, but for the most part follow recipe exactly as written except for adding more veggies, as one grandson can't get enough peppers and onions."
"We all loved this recipe. I used lime juice instead of lemon juice. I have also used skirt steak instead of chicken. I prefer the chicken but hubs liked the steak better. Both were very good. It's so delicious and easy that I've made it for friends many times. One of our favorites."
"I have this almost memorized because I make this all the time. The first time I made it, my boyfriend remarked ", if I ordered this at a restaurant, I would be back the very next night". I have made this at least 30 times and it is always fantastic. This recipe is simple enough to be quick and easy and yet involves enough flavor to make you feel like you are simply amazing in the kitchen. I typically double the marinade. While the chicken is marinating, I chop vegetables. I have been adding mushrooms lately and it's a great addition. I cook the veggies first, be sure to add salt and pepper. Then I cook chicken after marinating for at least 1 hour. Mix it all together and voila. I love to cook all the time, but this recipe has to be made regularly. It's just that good! And don't skip the red pepper. Cleanup is also easy, it only requires a cutting board and a pan!"
"Tried this a few weeks ago and my family is asking me to make it again. This recipe is super easy and very tasty. It will be in our meal rotation often."
"Quick and incredible!!!! Awesome to have on hand! Will make over and over!"
"I marinated the chicken a full day and it seemed to be missing something. We happen to like a little more spice. I agree with other reviewers that it might be better with lime, but I didn't have any. . I probably won't use this recipe again."
"My husband just asked that I cook more peppers and onions next time. My teen boys and their friend ate it and loved it also, amazing! They loved the slight spice that was just the right level for them."
"We did enjoy the fajitas, but I like it better with lime as opposed to lemon and I add a sauce for a little extra zip."
"This is a fantastic recipe! It's super easy and the result is delicious."
"Disappointing. All you could taste was citrus! :( Not sure what I am going to do with the leftover chicken now as it wasn't enjoyed."
"Very good and easy to make. I followed the directions except I used a frozen bag of peppers and onions so I didn't have the prep time. These were great the next day too. Lots of flavor!"
"I tried this and the fajitas were delicious"
"I love anything fajita! This was enjoyed by all!"
"I thought I would try this for a quick and easy dinner and I am glad I did. It was really flavorful. I did squeeze a little lime juice on the finished fajita. It just added a little extra zip."
"Make sure you cut the chicken into thin strips to cook quicker and make making wraps easier. We did not use any spice that had heat in it. For 2 people, it produces at least 2 different meals. We put in a cut up tomato towards the end and it added great flavor."
"This recipe is easy and my Family loves it!It has become a favourite on the Family menu! :)"
"Love this receive. EZ!"
"My family loves these"
"Delicious, my family love it!"
"This is my 1st time submitting a review for an online recipe, although I use them often. This time I was compelled to create a user ID so I could share how well these turned out. I typically find online recipes too bland for my family, this one was an exception, although I did add a half tsp more of every spice in the recipe and more citrus and cilantro. This is a very authentic (at least NA authentic) dish. Tip: marinate the chicken for as long as possible"
"This is really amazing. Like made am account just to say this is good, amazing. Additionally simple, cheap, and easy to modify."
"Delicious and quick if you prepare ingredients ahead of time. Husband says excellent taste of Mexican."
"I made this for dinner for my mother and me. I ate it without the cheese or tortilla. It was delicious. I marinated the onions and peppers separately. I am not sure I needed to do that, but I like the added flavor. I also used coconut cream for sour cream."
"I didn't have lemon juice so I used cut up pineapple pieces and squeezed them in the bag, threw them out before cooking because I didn't want a too tropical flavor, but next time might just cook it that way. Didn't taste the pineapple at all. I used 4 small breasts. Was delicious and one of my best meals ever."
"I added 1.5 lbs top sirloin steak and doubled this recipe and it was amazing! The marinade is what makes this recipe so delicious, flavorful, and juicy! Such a great recipe."
"This recipe may have just changed my life. I'm going to make this time and time again. Something so easy to make should not taste this amazing. The chicken has so much flavor."
"Fabulous recipe! Wished I could give it 20 stars! Who needs packet fajita mix, if you can make this. This is a keeper in my recipe book.Julie, THANK YOU so much for sharing it with us all."
"Wonderful flavor. Only put in a pinch of pepper flakes because of little ones"
"My family and I really enjoyed this fajita recipe! Delicious! I didn't add the pepper flakes because my 3 year old wouldn't eat it like that. We also added black beans, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, salsa and cheese to our fajitas. :)"
"Very good recipe. I cut the chicken in strips after it's cooked."
"Absolutely Delicious! I made this for myself, my hubby and our 7 year old daughter and it was a hit! I doubled the chicken and marinade and used whole green, red and yellow bell peppers. A quick, simple and great meal!"
"This was absolutely delicious! I used lime juice instead of lemon juice. I marinated for 2 hrs and the chicken was really tender when I threw it in the pan. I know this should be common sense, but be sure to mix the marinade up in the baggy before adding the chicken so it distributes evenly. If you use hot Mexican chili powder use far less than the recipe states! Super spicy. I added mango slices to the pan toward the end of cooking time and added avocado and tomato on top of my tortilla. Mmmmm mango."
"I made this for my picky nieces and they both loved it. Everyone else did too and it was so easy to make."
"I will be making these all the time now. Delicious!"
"My son with minimal cooking experience took the initiative to make supper one night. Lucky for us he found this recipe. Fantastic! Better than any fajitas I have ever had. Because he enjoys peppers, he used a whole pepper (red & green) rather than just half as suggested. I'm am surprising him tomro, just finished prep work and marinating in basement fridge. Only need fresh guacamole and a little cilantro and we're set! Very happy Daddy!"
"Amazing, better than any fajitas at a restaurant!"
"Made this for dinner, terrific just as the recipe is listed. I added some mushrooms. Outstanding"
"i love this recipe! i've been cooking fajitas using this recipe for a while now. The only thing i changed is using lime juice instead of lemon. It's also easier to add the dry seasonings to the bag before adding the juice and oil. It's less messy."
"Delicious sounding, I cannot wait to make these."
"Everyone loved this recipe. I think I could have used just 1 TBSP of oil to fry the onions and peppers in though. Thanks for sharing!"
"These fajitas are delicious. Everyone at our fiesta loved them. Best fajita recipe out there"
"Hello I did this for dinner tonight it's was delicious"
"This was my first time making fajitas in a skillet since I'm so used to barbecuing everything on a grill outside, but alas winter has started so I needed to find a good recipe after wasting my time and food trying other ones. I found this recipe and decided to give it a shot. Everyone loved it including my 5 and 7 year old! Their's didn't have any peppers though ;P I did use lime juice instead of lemon because of what I read on the comments section and it was awesome. Also I added a jalapeno to give it a little more kick for my hubby. The only thing I would do different would be to only use half the serving amount of oregano lol but that is just a preference. This recipe will be used again and again in my home :)"
"These were really very good and so easy! The only change I made was to add Emeril's Southwest Seasoning to taste to the veggies when saut?ing. Will make again. The combination of seasonings in the marinade tasted like fajitas without a prepackaged mix."
"Great basic recipe that is easily adaptable to one's specific tastes. Be warned not to marinate too long with this recipe, though. The citric acid will eventually "cook" the chicken (in fact, this is how ceviche is made). As for freezing the chicken--yes, it can be easier to cut partially frozen chicken. However, if you are having a hard time cutting unfrozen chicken, the culprit is most likely a dull knife. Of course, many of us freeze chicken, but keep in mind that the process of freezing any meat will degrade the meat at least somewhat. Given a choice, I would always choose "never been frozen" chicken, and I certainly wouldn't freeze it just to make cutting it easier."
"I just made these for my family. HUGE hit! We even have one picky little eater in this family. I doubled the veggies because the ratio between veggies and chicken tasted off . Making again tomorrow."
"I have made these before and they are a hit every time. It's a great idea for entertaining friend too. It's fun to have everyone create their own frajitas from a assortment of toppings. Don't forget the margaritas!!"
"My husband and I love these fajitas. The only changes I make are to double the onion and pepper because I thought it needed more vegetables. The spice mixture is good, but I'm going to try doubling it for the same amount of chicken today and see if it gives it a little more flavor. Quick, easy and delicious, especially with salsa and sour cream! You won't be disappointed!"
"It's easier to slice uncooked boneless chicken breasts if they're partially frozen. If fresh, place in the freezer for about 45 minutes before slicing. The lime juice was an excellent idea."
"Very flavorful! We enjoyed our dinner ."
"Very tasty! Lots of flavor and I only marinated about an hour."
"These have a perfect spice blend. I never think ahead enough to marinate things. So I just cut partially thawed chicken breasts and let them sit in the sauce mix just for as long as it took me to chop the vegetables. Worked great! I also agree that lime instead of lemon juice is a wonderful swap. My husband loved these!"
"These have a perfect slice blend. I never think ahead enough to marinate things. I just cut partially thawed chicken breasts and let them sit in the sauce mix just for as long as it took me to chop the vegetables. Worked great! I also agree that lime instead of lemon juice is a wonderful swap. My husband loved these!"
"Haven't tried yet"
"Hey. This is the best I've had. My wife adores them and my kids love them.I switched to Lime juice instead of lemon juice before even starting it. The lime is far more aromatic when cooking with a better flavor as well. Great recipe, the chili powder and lime makes it!"
"We love these and have them often - I changed to lemon juice to lime juice and I like it even better..."
"Sooooo good!!! I made homemade Spanish rice to add into the fajitas and it was great. Will make again"
"Better than any restaurant fajita I have ever had!"
"This was my first time making this and it was so good. The whole family loved it. It's been added to my recipe box."
"So flavorful, never any leftovers"
"This recipe is my first attempt at fajitas and it was huge success! As stated in ALL the other reviews, they are as good and maybe better than restaurant fajitas. My only advice is maybe err on the side of too narrow strips of chicken. I thought I was getting them thin, but not so. They were still yummy, just not traditional thin strips. Also, may try in a cast iron skillet next time, just because!"
"Hands down the best fajitas i've ever had. This recipe is a keeper!"
"I thought this recipe was awesome (as did everyone else). I did sub blood orange olive oil for canola, lime juice for lemon, and I grilled whole boneless chicken breasts vs pan frying. I also made shrimp, which I did saute. I marinated for four to six hours. Seriously the best tasting fajitas I've ever made, maybe the best I've ever had. I didn't try the shrimp, but heard it was delicious, also."
"Excellent recipe. Milder flavor with red and yellow bell peppers."
"ww 13 points"
"5 star recipe the chicken fajitas were delicious..."
"Very tasty recipe would definitely make it again"
"5 star recipe all the way. Is great for chicken to make nacho's. Gives a great flavor."
"I tried this recipe and boy, the chicken fajitas were delicious!!!"
"Easy, inexpensive, liked by all. Fiber, carbs, veggies, protein...it's got it all...."
"I love this recipe and have made it countless times. I have also made it with ground chicken. I just omit the extra oil for the pan when cooking. Turns out great!"
"Easy recipe and the chicken had good flavor!"
"Not quite traditional but excellent! And as quick as it is to throw together, we'll be taking advantage of this great meal on a busy weeknight!"
"Not quite traditional but excellent! We'll be making this frequently!"
"Not sure quite traditional but excellent! We'll be making this frequently!"
"Very good. I marinated the meat for four hours and so and it turned out to be salty enough that it left no room for taco seasoning. But we added some anyway, so it was a little too salty. Next time I will add less cumin, because 1 and 1/2 tsps was a little too strong."
"Outstanding.......as good or better than any restaurant fajitas. Easy to prepare..."
"This is yummy! We had it just as a stir fry with some salsa added in, the salsa added an element of flavour. Will make it again with guacamole and salsa. Thanks for sharing!"
"I loved these delicious fajitas. Used 1 lb. of chicken, kept everything else the same."
"Doubled the marinade and upped the citrus by doing a lemon and a lime. Amazing taste and the family loved it!"
"This was my first time making fajitas. We (+children) loved the flavor....not too spicy. The chicken was tender and topped with sour cream. I will make this again!"
"Great marinade, I wonder how it would work to make a bunch of marinade and cut and freeze the chicken for ready to go freezer meals. Yum."
"These were so good and so easy to make. Was supposed to feed 6, but 3 of us devoured these with no leftovers!"
"My family likes these fajitas for supper but love the leftovers for breakfast the next day. I make extra filling to mix into scrambled eggs for breakfast."
"Loved this! This will be my go-to fajita recipe from now on!"
"Really tasty recipe, I had all of the ingredients on hand. I will be making this one again :o)"
"This marinade recipe is very good. I've made it several times. I've even used this recipe on steak for steak fajitas. It tastes really good for both chicken and steak fajitas."
"This recipe is one of the best I have ever made for marinating the chicken for the fajitas. Fantastic recipe! Try it..you won't be disappointed."
"Delicious and soooo easy to prepare! Loved the combination of spices."
"PS I used fresh squeezed lime juice instead of lemon juice too."
"This is a keeper! I've been searching for "the taste" of restaurant chicken fajitas and have finally found it. Thank you!"
"I made this with lime juice instead of lemon juice. I used some of those mini, multi colored bell peppers. This was so good! This is definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing this recipe."
"Best fajitas I have had to date!"
"IT WAS SO GOOD, MY HUSBAND LOVE IT, TOO.MRS. SANDRA ELENA SMITH"
"I added black beans to the party and it was excellent. I just used one large chicken breast and it lasted 3 days of constant yummy fajitas. I also used some green onion and fresh cilantro through the cooking process. This is a good foundation for a yummy Mexican fajita."
"I had always wanted to make fajitas on my own...when finding this recipe I couldn't wait to try it. It will now become one of our favorite mexican recipes. The flavor is delicious, and chicken is so moist when marinating with this combo of spices, I LOVED the lemon in it..Hubby said they were the best he had ever eaten. I did not use the red pepper flakes nor the green onion...it was perfect and I will make this again and again. This recipe is a keeper!"
"I have been making this recipe for years, I make up the seasoning mix ahead of time and keep it in a sealed container. I also use lime juice instead of the lemon, gives it a great authentic flavor. This is a recipe I use in our once a month cooking menu.!!"
"I thought it was delicious. My husband asked for the recipe so he can make it at the fire station. The only thing I changed was using lime juice instead of lemon juice because that is what I had on hand. Excellent recipe."
"Made the recipe exactly as written but also added beef strips. My family loved these fajitas and said they were the best I had ever made......a keeper!"
"I love this recipe. I make it at least 2 times a month-- it is quick and easy and we all love it."
"I added some rice and avacado to my fajita it was delicious."
"My family and i love the chicken fajitas.that was the first time i made them,my 3year old even said good.it was the first my 66 year old grandma even ate a fajita, i told her i was going to make it like toro loco and she said she never even ate their so i was very pleased when she injoyed her meal i also made spanish rice and homeade refried beans. I will make it again it just might become a regular dish."
"My entire family loved this recipe. We all love peppers and chose to add 3 or 4 peppers, rather than the 1 pepper that is recommended. We also prepared the peppers by roasting them in the oven first and then peeling them. Then added them to the onion mixture. We also grilled the chicken so we did not cut the chicken into strips until after it was cooked."
"This is the best chicken fajita recipe that I've tried. I sub 1 teaspoon salt for the seasoned salt and I use olive oil instead of canola oil. Everyone that has tried these raves about them."
"This is a old recipe I got from taste of home years ago and have been making it ever since. I moved and misplaced my recipe and found it a few months later and was so happy. If you try it you will love it. do not change anything. it is perfect exactly how it is."
"This was very good will put it in the keep file"
"I love this recipe. I marinated the chicken overnight though and it had a terrific kick to it. I also added lettuce to the add on choices. Thank you so much for sharing this."
"Our family liked this recipe. Even my daughters that don't like peppers."
"Fantastic flavor! You don't even need tortillas, just eating it plain is absolutely delicious!"
"Wonderful, quick recipe. This one's going into the tried and true file ;-)"
"I make these all the time but made a few changes from the first time I made them. I felt they were a little bland so I revamped the seasoning to 2 tsp of cumin and 2 tsp of garlic powder and replaced the green onions with sliced red onions and 2 peppers the color of the peppers depends on what I have on hand.Try yellow and orange peppers too. If you want to get rid of the after eating peppers burps try this: After slicing your peppers in strips soak in water for a few minutes and then drying your peppers with a paper towel. Then cooking. I can almost guarantee you won't be burping peppers all night."
"I have tried many fajita recipes and I was always disappointed. Until now. This one was great. Only change I would make is to cut back on the salt."
"I make these ALL THE TIME! Thanks to this recipe, my 2 toddlers are eating peppers and loving them. I like to make a huge batch of the seasoning up at one time to have on hand. This recipe also works perfectly if you want to make a freezer meal kit... just slice the chicken and put in a freezer bag - you could even make up the seasoning marinade and pour into the bag before freezing. Then slice up the peppers and onions and put in a separate bag. When it comes time to cook, just defrost the chicken in the fridge... the peppers and onions can be cooked right from the freezer. One of my top recipes from Taste of Home ever, love love love this."
"My family loved it. I will definitely make this again."
"I made this last night for dinner and everyone really liked it. I liked that it was so easy. I didn't have lemon juice so I used lime instead. I will make this again for sure."
"I really like this recipe. I admit that I used to use packaged seasoning mixes because I couldn't find a recipe I liked the seasonings in but this was awesome."
"Delicious and so simple - I had all the ingredients on hand, making this one easy to put togther at the last minute."
"Delicious!! We loved the leftover chicken in salads the next day. Excellent seasoning combination...all ingredients I had on hand. Thanks for the recipe:)"
"This chicken fajitas recipe is one my family has enjoyed for many years! The is also good on a salad."
"This is an excellent recipe! I did modify it a little. I cut up chicken breasts into strips and placed them in a crockpot. I then added the rest of the ingredients except for the peppers and onions. I cooked it on low all day. I also sauted the peppers and onions and then placed them in the crockpot about an hour before eating. Needless to say, there wasn't much left over. Thanks for a wonderful recipe."
"My husband and I think this is as good as the Mexican restaurants in our area if not better."
"I could not believe how good this was and it's SO easy! I had all the spices in my pantry for the marinade and always have lemons on hand. This is definitely a keeper. I'll even make this for company sometime, too!"
"Awesome recipe! Better then Mexican restaurant chicken Fajitas."
"Loved this recipe! The only thing I did differently was double the marinade mix. Meat was tender and so flavorful!"
"Great recipe! Definitely a keeper!"
"My husband and I love this recipe. I use more peppers, ( red, yellow and orange) and onions. The last time I made these my husband said that this is his favorite meal that I make. He said he would love to have them once a week. I usually serve Spanish rice or refried beans with them. Great recipe, Julie."
"My boyfriend and I LOVE this recipe. It's so easy to make, and even if I forget to marinate the chicken the night before, it's unbelievably flavorful in just an hour two. Wonderful!"
"This was so good! The flavor was perfect. I didn't have fresh peppers and onions, so I used a frozen blend and they ended up pretty limp, so I will use fresh next time, but it still tasted great. Super quick and easy, too."
"This is one of my family's favorite dishes! They taste great!"
"Excellent flavor. I've made this many times."
"My husbands and I favorite dish. This is definitely a keeper to pass down to my children."
"Instead of using chicken for this recipe, I used a Butterball Apple Wood Smoked Turkey. Since it was fully cooked, I kept the sauted peppers (red & yellow) and onions in the pan and added the turkey to heat it up. This was sooooo yummy!"
"My husband says this recipe is better than any he has eaten. I have made it time and time again! Best Flavor!!!"
"Very good, but I decreased the amount of seasoned salt to 1/2 tsp (the 2nd time I made them) and the recipe turned out A LOT better!!!"
"I was really excited when I saw this recipe because the seasonings made it look like it would be perfect (seasonings were very similar to Lawry's fajita mix which I think is very good). Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. If I were to make it again, which I will not be doing, I would definitely add more green & red peppers. Probably a total of 3 peppers in all for the 1 1/2 pounds of chicken."
"I just add a little crushed red pepper flakes, one red and one green pepper. We love it"
"very good. I didnt add the red pepper flakes cause I dont have 'em but it was still delicious."
"This recipe was great but spicey. I will make this a lot but without the red pepper flakes. Even my kids loved this!"
"We love this recipe! The chicken also freezes very well. Just combine oil, seasonings, and chicken per the recipe, and freeze in the resealable bags. It finishes marinating as it thaws, and makes a wonderfully quick dinner."
"This recipe is a favorite in my eighth grade Family and Consumer Education classroom. We marinate the chicken over night to reduce prep time on foods lab day."
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.