20-Minute Skillet Chicken Fajitas

October 14, 2015

20-Minute Skillet Chicken Fajitas
Fortunately, for like healthy eating, nutritional balance, and all that boring stuff I do, I did not entirely subsist on chocolate chip banana bread for the past few days — tempting as it may have been. 
I’ve also been making chicken fajitas like it were the 90s when I was still in high school and fajitas were the shiz - just like cronuts are today (or are they yesterday already?)

20-Minute Skillet Chicken Fajitas

I don’t mean to ridicule the dish.
I have fond memories of going to dubious Tex-Mex restaurants with some ridiculous name in high school and college. The kind of places with “artistic” murals that served slushy margaritas in cactus glasses and where you could encounter ketchup in your enchiladas (yup, that happened) and nachos that consisted of bagged tortilla chips covered with shredded cheese and briefly nuked in the microwave.
Back then I would always order fajitas because of the build-your-own thing and because the mounds of extras would do a pretty good job at covering the dull pieces of meat, making for some passable fajitas.

20-Minute Skillet Chicken Fajitas

To be honest, I never imagined a scenario where a Skillet Chicken Fajitas would be the only meal I’ve eaten thrice in two days or where I would make my own paleo-friendly cauliflower tortillas, but that for another time.
Anyways, I can say without fear of contradiction that I’m a little addicted to this dish and I’m still amazed how easy, quick, and simple this is — making it the perfect weekday night meal.
And especially right now, when the days are getting shorter and the decreasing daylight makes us all a bit more depressed a colorful, flavorful, and fun dish is just what we need.
Not to mention that it requires only stovetop cooking for all 15 minutes in a single skillet.
Now that’s what I call awesomeness.

20-Minute Skillet Chicken Fajitas

20-Minute Skillet Chicken Fajitas                                                                                                   Print this recipe!
Adapted from SmittenKitchen

Serves 4

1 lb / 453 gr chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (or parsley)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon fine grain salt, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Juice of half lime
2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 onion, sliced thin


In a large bowl combine chicken, cilantro, oregano, chili powder, sweet paprika, cumin, garlic, and salt. Toss until chicken is coated and set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the peppers in a single layer. Try to get them a little charred underneath before you move them around. Once they’ve begun to brown, add sliced onion, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Wait again for some color to develop before you move them.
When peppers are nicely charred in spots and onions have softened and sweetened, scrape mixture onto a plate to clear the skillet.
Return skillet to the burner and heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
When sizzling, spread chicken strips in as much of a single layer as you can. Wait until they brown underneath to move them. Saute' strips, regularly pausing so that they can get some color, until cooked through, about 6 minutes.
Add pepper mixture to the skillet along with the lime juice.
Heat again until everything is sizzling.
Sprinkle with a bit of chopped fresh cilantro and serve immediately.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 270 calories, 11 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbs, and 36 grams of protein.


  1. Fajitas are the BEST! Love this no fuss and quick recipe :)

  2. 20 minute deliciousness right there buddy! BTW, have you ever tried Mexican oregano? It has a different flavor and is so damn good. Would be perfect in this one. If you can't find it, let me know and I can send you some. It's a staple in my kitchen. #WolfPackAmigo

  3. As a kid I would always order tacos and enchiladas whenever I went out for Mexican food, but as I got older and more interested in health, fajitas were my item of choice, since they are pretty much the healthiest thing on the menu! I bet these are delicious! Hope you're doing well buddy!

  4. You know what, this morning I was just thinking that the days are getting shorter - it's dark at 6.30am here and yesterday I went for a late evening run and the trail was dark at 7.30pm GAH! Clearly I NEED some bright food in my life - especially when it's ready in 15 minutes! Total awesomeness here, my friend, or should I say total awesmazingness! :)

  5. I could see how you could be addicted to this dish! I could eat some version of mexican food almost any night of the week. Can't wait to try this!

  6. I literally just made chicken fajitas yesterday! And aren't they just great? However, I didn't use lime juice in mine, and I bet it would've made world of difference! I definitely ought to try that next time! Thanks for sharing, Mike! :D

  7. Hi Mike, I've been on a chicken kick myself, love fajitas.

  8. Dude, chicken fajitas are the shizz! I love the whole build-your-own thing, too. That's where I can just tailor those bad boys to exactly what I'm craving at the moment...which is usually cheese. Now I want fajitas for dinner tonight! Well done, Alpha, well done! #WolfpackMexicanRestaurant

  9. Oooh, thank you for sharing! I will definitely try this one night!


  10. Mmmm I love me some fajitas! We don't have a Tex-Mex place here and it makes me sad.
    Also, I think the bananas I bought for your bread recipe are ready :) hollaaaaaa

  11. I have to lament your awful experience with Mexican food restaurants! I was born and raised in AZ (stil live here) and I can remember eating the best salsa as a little girl and everything was so fantastic I became addicted and when I was old enough to drink ordering a margarita at my fav restaurants were and are soooo good. but that being said this looks like a good recipe for fajitas....and reminded me that I am hungry for them and haven't made them in ages. Glad you have found a way to get fantastic Mexican Food

  12. I never get enough Tex Mex or Mexican food, I can eat it day after day never growing tired of it! I almost always order fajitas too because I love the leftovers. :)

  13. I always ordered fajitas because I loved the sizzling pan they'd bring to the table! And it usually came with guac, which is always a MUST. Yours look like a much more delicious version than my high school days!

  14. Happy November! Just letting you know that I featured this recipe in my October 2015 round-up of Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes. Hope a lot of my readers will click over here and try it!

  15. use garlic in it as well. it makes a world of a difference and gives it actual flavor.