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Easy, Tasty and Wonderfully Browned Oven-Baked Chicken Fajita Recipe

Updated on October 5, 2012

Oven Bake Chicken Fajitas

3.3 stars from 3 ratings of Oven Bake Chicken Fajitas

It’s a summer Saturday afternoon, and I want spicy chicken wrapped in soft warm tortillas. But I don’t want to stand over a hot pan with chilli smoke making me choke, and I certainly don’t want to be faced with the ‘frying pan of doom’ afterwards, with a thick layer of sauce welded to the bottom, which only a two-hour soak-and-scrub can shift.

No. I want to do Saturday things like water my plants and have just one more cup of coffee.

This recipe takes 10 minutes to prepare, and just a couple of minutes to clean up afterwards. And because it’s oven-baked, you won’t be choking on the fried chilli dust in your kitchen for the next three days, and you can do something more fun while it’s cooking instead of stirring that wok round and round for the next half hour! It’s a win-win low-mess fajita recipe, and it’s delicious and nutritious to boot!

Note - to get the chicken and vegetables to cook well, use a tin or vitreous enamel baking tray (and line it with foil to minimise the washing up to a quick wipe with some soapy water!). I've found glass oven dishes tend to need longer cooking times and make things a little soggier and not as easily browned.

The ingredients are only for the spiced chicken and veg - you'll also need tortillas - the 'nutrition' section at the end of the recipe is for one fajita, including a white flour wrap.

Equipment You'll Need

Chopping Knife for the chicken and vegetables

Large bowl for mixing ingredients

Large baking tray made of tin or vitreous enamel

Tin foil to line baking tray (makes washing up afterwards so much easier!)

A mug

Photo © Redberry Sky
Photo © Redberry Sky
Photo © Redberry Sky
Photo © Redberry Sky

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Enough filling for 6 fajitas

Ingredients

  • 400g Chicken breast, Cut into strips
  • 2 Red bell peppers, Chopped into strips
  • 2 Onions, Chopped
  • Fajita seasoning, (see 'seasoning' below)
  • 2-3 teaspoons Red Pesto (store-bought jar)
  • half a tablespoon Sunflower oil
  • A squeeze of Lemon juice and/or lime juice

Fajita Seasoning

You can either buy a sachet of this from the supermarket, or make your own. To make your own, here’s a rough guide (adjust to your own taste and add your favourite herbs and spices):

Into a cup, put pinch or two of each of the following herbs and spices, using less/more/none/others depending on which are your favourites and which ones you don’t like:

Chilli powder, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop up the chicken breasts, peppers and onions into strips, and put the whole lot into a large bowl.
  2. Mix fajita seasoning (packet or self-mixed) with half a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a splash of lemon and/or lime, and 2 teaspoons of red pesto, and then spoon this over the chicken and vegetables and stir so that all the ingredients are coated with the fajita seasoning sauce. ***Alternative Note: the more oil you use, the softer the vegetables will be, so adding just half (or less) of a spoonful of oil will give you more crispy veggies, whereas adding more will give result in a dish with a lot of very oily sauce and soggy veg!
  3. Line your tin baking tray with tin foil and spread the seasoned chicken and vegetables mixture in the tray.
  4. Place the tray in the oven, preheated to 200C/400F (gas mark 6) and bake for 45 minutes. ***Alternative Note: If you like your veggies very crunchy, you can also mix half the oil and seasoning mixture to the chicken and half to the veg separately and add the veg to the baking tray halfway through the cooking time – shuffle up the chicken to one side of the tray so that the veggies aren’t completely covering it and the chicken continues to brown.

A Note on Cooking and Serving

The oil in the seasoning sauce will keep your chicken nice and moist, but the quite long baking time will make the grana padano cheese in the pesto lovely and browned and crunchy – just like fajita filling should be!

The spiced chicken and vegetables make a fantastic fajita filling, with some soured cream, salad and salsa, but I’ve also served it as the main feature of a Mediterranean-style spread with different breads, crackers, olives, hummus and tapenades, or for an easy and satisfying meal I’ve simply served it with some oven chips.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 filled tortilla wrap
Calories 400
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 10 g
Carbohydrates 49 g16%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 24 g48%
Cholesterol 42 mg14%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      tamron 4 years ago

      I will favorite this recipe because fajita are my favorite. Nice recipe! Vote Up FB like

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      Photography-blog 4 years ago

      yumm! that looks so good!!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      llloove it. thank you

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      dinkan53 4 years ago from India

      Sounds and looks great, thanks for posting the recipe. Rated as interesting.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Great idea and looks tasty. I know exactly what you mean about the chilly smoke, as in Asia, many a time I have ended up choking in the street as someone fried up a tasty dish.

      Sharing, up and awesome solution ... just a shame I don't have an oven here lol.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Looks delicious! Will put it on our weekly menu :)

      Thanks for sharing, voting up and useful!

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      Silver Fish 4 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Great idea. I am planning fajitas tomorrow, and this sounds much easier than stir frying several batches over a hot stove. Anything that saves me time in the kitchen gets my vote.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      This recipe sounds scrumptious and also a great idea for a crowd pleaser.

      One question I have .. I may have missed something. You mention how the cheese in the pesto sauce will get crunchy on the chicken. I did not see grana padano cheese on your ingredient list.

      I have never bought pesto sauce, perhaps the cheese is in it?

      Look forward to trying this on a family gathering after I get the information on the cheese.

      Thanks for sharing .. can't wait to try it.

      Mekenzie

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Hi Mekenzie :) I'm glad you asked this - it means it's not common knowledge (I thought it was, because I use pesto on so many things!) - yes, red pesto has grana padano cheese in it. Well - the jars I get from the supermarket have it in - I don't blend it myself because I only use a teaspoon or two each time, but it can contain parmesan instead.

      Hope you enjoy it, it's one of my favourite easy recipes :)

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      I hope that my supermarket carries red pesto that contains padano cheese. You can be sure I will be looking for it .. probably today. :) Thanks Redberry. Have a great day!

      Mekenzie

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      HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That looks so good, and love that it's so quick and easy to prepare!

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Hope you found it, Mekenzie :)

      Cheers, HawaiiHeart :)

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Ohhh a mouth-watering delicious meal! 5 stars!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This looks really good. I will have to keep it in mind for one of our meals. Voted uP!

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Thanks Moonlake - hope you enjoy it as much as I do, it's one of my 'go to' meals when I'm too tired to think of something more complicated and all I want to do is stick some chicken in the oven and watch TV while it cooks itself :)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great recipe. It's just my type - easy to make and delicious. Voting up, useful and very interesting.

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Cheers KoffeeKlatch Gals :) I love fajitas but hate the mess from cooking them

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      mariexotoni 4 years ago

      oh. my. god. FAJITAS. I am promising you right now- I bookmarked this page. When I move into my first apartment in July.. I'm making this. Tons of this. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. It shall be my first meal in my apartment

    • Redberry Sky profile image
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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Hi mariexotoni - your first apartment? Wow, how exciting - hope you have a fantastic time this summer and lots of fun in your new home! :)

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