Pull dinner together in a jiffy with this recipe for Easy Chicken Fajitas. Slices of chicken, onion, and pepper are simply seasoned with cumin, oregano, and garlic for a quick-fix dinner.
When I was a kid, fajitas were merely restaurant fare. If you were lucky to get to go to Don Cuco’s or El Torito and your parents let you order for yourself, sizzling fajitas were delivered to your place. Slices of chicken, onion, and bell pepper piping hot and a foil wrapped packet of tortillas on the side. It was pretty sweet.
As a teenager, my friends, Jen, Sam, Stephanie, and Kelly, and I explored all kinds of yummy food, either together or vicariously. Oh yes, there was the time when we went to El Torito and Jen told the waiter my name was Mable and that it was my birthday. Nice.
I don’t think I’ve ever eaten fried ice cream with such guilt.
We made pita sandwiches with ham and cheese and packed them for lunch to save money. We shared our dinner cooking exploits at school the next day. Kelly’s dad made guacamole out of peas! Sam’s mom bought them all kinds of bagged chips and cookies which I envied. Stephanie’s parents made great nachos.
I have this very clear memory of Jennifer telling us how to make fajitas in PE class when we were probably supposed to run laps. Jen and fajitas will always be linked in my memory.
How do I season chicken fajitas?
These fajitas are a little different than the ones I learned to make back then. I no longer use a package of Fajita Seasoning, instead using my own custom blend from the spice cupboard. And these don’t sizzle quite as hot as those from El Torito, but that’s okay. I like not flaying my skin.
For the seasoning I used cumin, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper.
How to make these easy chicken fajitas
These fajitas, though, are easy to make and super delicious. My kids gobble them down in no time. Made from a few simple ingredients, they come together quickly — in less than 30 minutes!
- Saute your onions. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and sauté for five minutes.
- Cook the peppers. Add the peppers to the pan and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove the vegetables to a dish and cover to keep warm.
- Cook the chicken. Add the chicken to the skillet and season with the cumin, garlic, powder, and oregano. Cook until done, tossing frequently, about 5 minutes. Add the vegetables back to the pan. Adjust the seasonings and serve with tortillas and toppings
What to serve with chicken fajitas
You could very easily serve the fajita mixture on a Mexican food buffet, offering different types and sizes of tortillas – you could make your own corn tortillas as well! Serve maybe with some baked rice you made in the oven, “healthier” refried beans or these easy instant pot black beans .
And of course don’t forget your regular taco toppings:
- sour cream
- a super easy salsa,
If you have leftovers, they’ll go great in a burrito or atop a salad, but I’m skeptical that there will be leftovers.
We prefer buying the frozen chicken tenders at Trader Joes. I’ve become very spoiled by this very convenient bag of chicken. The meat never gets tough or too chewy. It’s delicious!
Easy Chicken Fajitas
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion sliced
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 1 green bell pepper sliced
- black pepper
- 1.5 to 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 12 taco-sized flour tortillas
- taco toppings : such as diced tomato, sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce, chopped cilantro
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and sauté for five minutes.
- Add the peppers to the pan and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove the vegetables to a dish and cover to keep warm.
- Add the chicken to the skillet and season with the cumin, garlic, powder, and oregano. Cook until done, tossing frequently, about 5 minutes. Add the vegetables back to the pan. Adjust the seasonings and serve with tortillas and toppings