The Best Easy Chicken Fajitas Recipe
This easy chicken fajitas recipe is far simpler than most (only SIX ingredients!) and packs a mouthful of flavor. It’s the most authentic chicken fajita marinade recipe around and results in tender, juicy fajitas every time.
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Best Chicken Fajita Recipe
Put away your Instant Pot or slow cooker. This recipe is the real deal…juicy chicken breasts cooked on a hot grill or skillet. There are no shortcuts, but the good news is, you don’t need shortcuts with this authentic recipe!
You’ll only need a handful of ingredients (six to be exact), and you can leave the chicken in the marinade overnight. Your chicken fajitas will be ready to go at a moment’s notice when you fire up the stove or pit!
To cook along with me, you can watch my YouTube video on how to cook chicken fajitas.
- Use thinly sliced chicken breasts (preferably) or chicken tenders
- Leave chicken in marinade overnight or at least 5-7 hours
- Use either a grill or large skillet (cast-iron recommended) for best results
- Make sure chicken reaches 165°F internal temp before serving. (I use this food thermometer to know for sure.)
- Freeze your cooked chicken fajitas for an easy weeknight meal
- Add pico de gallo, guacamole (avocado), cheese, sour cream, red peppers, yellow peppers, green bell peppers and onion, as desired
- Squeeze fresh lime juice on cooked chicken fajitas for extra tangy flavor
- Serve with flour tortillas or corn tortillas
Serving Chicken Fajitas
In Texas, our preferred method of eating chicken fajitas is wrapped in a flour tortilla with guacamole and other garnishes like cilantro, colorful peppers, onion, cheese, pico de gallo and/or sour cream.
Of course, the final topping is usually a dab (or five) of spicy salsa. Squeeze a little lime wedge over your flame-licked chicken and mmmmm-mmmm!
We typically have charro beans (my favorite) or refried beans on the side as well as authentic Spanish rice. A margarita or Mexican beer doesn’t hurt if that strikes your fancy, too.
For dessert, try my pumpkin empanada recipe or Mexican flan recipe.
What to try next: Authentic Red Enchiladas Recipe
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Easy Chicken Fajitas Recipe
- 4 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
- ½ cup vegetable oil (can substitute canola oil)
- 4 lemons
- 1 clove garlic (minced (or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder))
- 4 teaspoons onion flakes (dried onion)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon thyme (optional)
- Pour oil into bowl and add juice of four lemons.
- Add onion flakes, garlic, salt and black pepper.
- Optional: add thyme
- Pour marinade over chicken breasts in a dish and refrigerate overnight or 5-7 hours.
- Pre-heat grill (about 375°F) or large skillet at medium-high heat. Cook chicken for about 5-6 minutes on one side. Then flip and cook another 4-5 minutes until the internal temp reaches about 165°F.
- Optional: Cut green bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, sweet red peppers and onion to grill and serve with chicken.
- Cut and serve chicken fajitas with tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, lime wedges, cheese or other condiments of your choosing.
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This looks so easy! I definitely want to try it! Thanks, Crissy!!!
Oh, I hope you do try it! It’s one of our family favorites around here. I must make this at least twice a month if not more often. The best part is preparing it before bedtime and having it all ready to go the next day. You’ll thank yourself. Enjoy it!
I LOVE your Mexican food recipes! They are authentic and delicious and your tutorials are great! Pinned!
Oh, this is almost a weekly dish in our family. I do hope you’ll try it! It freezes well after you cook it, and you can always cook the chicken indoors in a cast-iron skillet or regular frying pan. Enjoy, my friend!
These look just mouth watering!! Yum! The chicken looks like it is cooked perfectly!
Thank you so much, Carrie! You’re the sweetest. It’s one of our favorite recipes as a family.
I love this recipe Crissy! You show just how easy it is to make with your wonderful video. We love Mexican food, and this looks very authentic! I’ll be making it real soon! Thanks for sharing!
Rebecca, you’re the sweetest! Thanks for watching my video. I love that you can make a big batch of these and feed your family throughout the week. We usually make quesadillas with the meat the next day to mix it up. I hope you and your family enjoy it!
This looks delicious and it’s just the type of meal that I like to make. Looking forward to trying this very soon!
Thanks! I hope you do try it, Paula. We love making this recipe for the family and probably cook it every other week or so!
Yep – these are fantastic! Not too difficult and worth the effort!
Yum! These look delicious! Note to self: don’t read recipes when you are hungry LOL!
Thanks, Janet! Yes, I don’t recommend looking at recipes or grocery shopping when you’re hungry! (wink)