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Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas are a popular and flavorful Mexican-inspired dish made with grilled or sautéed chicken, onions, and bell peppers, seasoned with various spices. Here’s a simple recipe for chicken fajitas:

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas Cooking Time

The cooking time for chicken fajitas can vary depending on the heat of your cooking surface and the thickness of the chicken strips. However, as a general guideline, here’s an estimate of the cooking time:

  1. Cooking the chicken: Cook the sliced chicken in a hot skillet or griddle over medium-high heat for about 5-6 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and nicely browned. Flip the chicken strips halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (75°C) when fully cooked.

  2. Cooking the peppers and onions: After removing the cooked chicken from the skillet, add the sliced bell peppers and onions. Cook them for about 4-5 minutes, or until they are slightly softened and charred, while tossing them occasionally.

It’s important to note that cooking times can vary, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the chicken and vegetables as they cook. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the vegetables are cooked to your desired tenderness.

Once the chicken and vegetables are cooked to your liking, you can proceed with assembling the fajitas and serving them with tortillas and your desired toppings.

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken fajitas can be a healthy meal choice depending on how they are prepared and the ingredients used. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Lean Protein: Chicken breast, which is commonly used in chicken fajitas, is a lean source of protein. It provides essential amino acids and is lower in fat compared to dark meat or other protein sources.

  2. Vegetables: Chicken fajitas typically include onions and bell peppers, which are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These vegetables add nutritional value to the dish and contribute to a well-rounded meal.

  3. Cooking Method: Grilling or sautéing the chicken and vegetables with minimal oil can help keep the dish lower in fat compared to deep-frying or using excessive amounts of oil.

  4. Portion Control: Pay attention to portion sizes and avoid excessive amounts of tortillas, cheese, and toppings. Moderation is key to maintaining a balanced and healthy meal.

  5. Homemade Seasoning: When making chicken fajitas from scratch, you have control over the seasoning. Using homemade seasoning blends allows you to avoid excessive sodium or additives present in pre-packaged seasoning mixes.

  6. Toppings and Sides: Be mindful of the toppings and sides you choose. Opt for healthier options such as fresh salsa, guacamole (in moderation), Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and whole grain tortillas.

To make chicken fajitas even healthier, you can consider the following modifications:

  • Choose whole wheat or corn tortillas instead of white flour tortillas for added fiber.
  • Add extra vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms, or spinach to increase the nutrient content.
  • Use a small amount of heart-healthy fats like avocado oil or olive oil for cooking.
  • Control the amount of cheese and use reduced-fat or light varieties.
  • Serve with a side of brown rice or a salad to add more fiber and nutrients to the meal.

Overall, chicken fajitas can be a nutritious option when prepared with fresh ingredients, cooked in a healthy manner, and balanced with a variety of vegetables.



  • 1 pound (450g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Flour tortillas
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, chopped cilantro


  1. In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create a marinade.
  2. Place the sliced chicken breasts in a large zip-top bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure it is well coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or refrigerate overnight for best flavor.
  3. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Add a little oil to the pan.
  4. Add the marinated chicken to the hot skillet and cook for about 5-6 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and nicely browned. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, add the sliced bell peppers and onions. Cook for about 4-5 minutes until they are slightly softened and charred.
  6. Return the cooked chicken to the skillet with the peppers and onions. Toss everything together and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes to heat through.
  7. Warm the flour tortillas in a separate pan or in the oven.
  8. Serve the chicken fajita mixture on warm tortillas and add your desired toppings, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and chopped cilantro.
  9. Roll up the tortillas and enjoy your delicious homemade chicken fajitas!

Note: Feel free to customize this recipe by adding or substituting ingredients according to your taste preferences. You can also serve the fajitas with rice, beans, or a side salad for a complete meal. Enjoy!

The serving size of the chicken fajitas recipe can vary depending on appetites and the desired portion size. However, as a general guideline, the recipe should yield approximately 4 servings. This assumes that each serving includes an average amount of chicken and vegetables, and that you are using regular-sized flour tortillas.

Of course, you can adjust the quantities of the ingredients based on your specific needs. If you are serving more people or want larger portions, you can increase the amounts accordingly. Conversely, if you are serving fewer people or want smaller portions, you can reduce the amounts accordingly.

Remember, you can always customize the recipe to suit your needs and preferences. Enjoy your chicken fajitas!

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When referring to “breast fillet skin off,” it means that the chicken breasts used in the recipe are boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The skin has been removed from the chicken breasts, resulting in a leaner cut of meat. Removing the skin helps reduce the fat content and can make the chicken healthier, as most of the saturated fat is found in the skin. Skinless chicken breast fillets are often used in recipes where a leaner meat option is desired, such as chicken fajitas.