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Mexican chicken fajitas served on a tortilla and topped with sour cream and cilantro.
Course Main Course

Authentic Mexican Chicken Fajitas {Fajitas De Pollo}

By: Elysia
Servings 8 -10 fajitas
These authentic Mexican chicken fajitas (fajitas de pollo) are so easy, healthy, and loaded with flavour! Infused in a homemade fajita seasoning and quickly fried in a skillet, these traditional chicken fajitas are a delicious one pan restaurant-style dish that the whole family will love. Ready to serve in less than 30 minutes!{Gluten-free & dairy-free}
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 26 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 3 large bell peppers red, yellow and green, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided

For the fajita seasoning mix:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teapoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper

To serve:

  • 8-10 small tortillas corn or flour
  • sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • fresh cilantro
  • other desired toppings

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine sliced chicken breast, one tablespoon olive oil, juice of half a lime and the fajita seasoning spices. Toss the chicken until it's evenly coated in the oil and spices. If you have the time, allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready to cook, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium high in a large non-stick heavy bottomed or cast iron skillet. Add half of the chicken strips and cook until just cooked, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from the pan and set aside. Repeat with remaining chicken. Set chicken aside in a bowl or on a plate.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add sliced onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add in sliced peppers and cook an additional 2-4 minutes or until they start to soften.
  • Add chicken back to the pan and toss to combine.
  • Squeeze additional lime juice over the mixture.
  • Serve warm over tortillas with desired toppings.

Notes

  • Be sure to cut all the vegetables and chicken in strips that are roughly the same size to ensure everything finishes cooking at the same time. 
  • If you want to save on prep time, you can purchase pre-sliced raw chicken tenders.
  • If you have extra time, I highly recommend marinating the chicken in the marinade for at least 30 minutes to infuse even more flavour into the fajitas.
  • You can also use taco seasoning (homemade or store-bought) as an alternative to the homemade fajita mix, but I recommend adding a little bit of extra ground cumin if you have some on hand.
  • To make the fajitas more kid-friendly, you can soak the onions in cold water while prepping the rest of the ingredients to take the bite out of them.
  • Be sure to coat all of the vegetables and chicken evenly with the olive oil, lime juice and seasoning mix. I typically toss and massage the chicken and fajita marinade with my hands so that everything is flavoured equally.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 20gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 265mgPotassium: 501mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1601IUVitamin C: 60mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
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