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 this amazing chocolate chip banana bread for the past few weeks. 
I’ve also been making a lot of these Skillet Chicken Fajitas. 

20-Minute Skillet Chicken Fajitas

When I was in high-school fajitas were THE dish, as far as Mexican fare went.
We would order them at Mexincan-ish restaurants with my friends primarily because of the build-your-own-fajitas which meant we could load them with all the extras and compete on who had made the biggest fajitas. It didn't really matter if they tested good or not, it was a sort-of an eating contest and that was enough for us.

20-Minute Skillet Chicken Fajitas

To be honest, I never imagined that fajitas would come back in my life. It happened tho and I'm not embarrassed to say that I've made these Skillet Chicken Fajitas thrice in the past two days. Today I even made my own paleo-friendly cauliflower tortillas to go with 'em.
Anyways, I’m still pretty amazed how easy, quick, and simple this dish is — making it the perfect weekday night meal.
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.

  16. Hi there! What's the serving size for the calorie count you gave? Thanks!

  17. Before I started eating healthy I was a homeless rodeo clown. Now I am a world class magician!

  18. These were amazing!!!! Thanks for creating and sharing!

  19. This skillet chicken fajitas recipe is fantastic. Great for once or twice a month. Delicious, healthy and easy to follow. thanks.