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Best Mexican Chicken Fajitas Recipe

Updated on April 15, 2013

The Best Hot Sizzling Mexican Chicken Fajitas Recipe Anywhere!

Chicken Fajitas are an easy to make Tex-Mex recipe dish (what most people just call Mexican in the United States) that usually features steak, but in this variation, features chicken, along with fresh bell peppers and onions. Served sizzling hot, this recipe is perfect alongside some pico de gallo, guacamole and fresh salsa, right on top of a flour tortilla.

On this page, you'll learn how to make this tasty Mexican inspired dish from scratch with the best fresh ingredients quickly and easily.

For the best results in this recipe, use the freshest ingredients you can find. Visit a farmside local stand, or pick up the produce the same day. Organic chicken often tastes much better in this recipe as well.


  • 2 Green Bell Peppers cut into long strips
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers cut into long strips
  • 1 lb. chicken breast cut into long strips
  • 4 Yellow onions, peeled and chopped into strips
  • 1 small bunch fresh Cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic (fresh)
  • 1 tsp. celery salt
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. red paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red paper flakes
  • 1 package of soft large tortillas
  • Mexican cheese blend, shredded
  • Suggested condiments: salsa, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole

Why not just used dried cilantro?

Dried cilantro has virtually no taste compared to the fresh kind. If you want your recipe to taste amazing, splurge and spend the $2-3 on fresh cilantro, it's well worth it! You can also sometimes find it frozen which is really convenient and just as tasty.

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Make a double batch!

Double the peppers, onions and chicken and put it aside uncooked, along with the spices in a seperate container. Stick it in the freezer and you'll have a big meal ready for you next time you don't feel like all the preparation! Just fry it up!

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1. Add the olive oil to a large frying pan on medium heat. Sauté the onions for 5 minutes to get them cooked up first, or if you prefer crunchy onions, add them in with the peppers. Stir every couple of minutes.

2. Add the chicken to the pan and continue to heat on medium, stirring constantly. Cook the chicken and onions for about five minutes, or until just slightly cooked.

3. Add the peppers to the mixture, along with the cilantro, lime juice and the rest of the ingredients (except the tortillas and condiments of course!). Cook the mixture until the chicken is completely cooked through and the peppers are slightly soft. Serve immediately with the tortillas and toppings and enjoy!

A Fajita Serving Tip

When you serve your fajitas, try using a slotted spoon to drain the liquid. This way your fajitas won't be a soggy mess!

Calphalon Anodized Aluminum Jumbo Frying Pan - Perfect for creating these fajitas!

Cook up your fajitas with this anodized aluminum frying pan! Perfect for many uses like stir fry recipes.

Calphalon Simply Calphalon Nonstick Hard-Anodized Aluminum 12-Inch Jumbo Chicken Fryer with Stainless-Steel Lid
Calphalon Simply Calphalon Nonstick Hard-Anodized Aluminum 12-Inch Jumbo Chicken Fryer with Stainless-Steel Lid

This is the pan used in this fajita recipe and I highly recommend it. Why? The hard-anodized aluminum nonstick surface heats quickly and evenly, and things don't burn. Well, you'd have to try pretty hard to burn something. The brushed alumminum really keeps everything cooking evenly and perfect, while the size of the pan is great for large dishes like this. It also is very, VERY easy to clean. No scrubbing messy iron skillets with stuck-on chicken parts. This is the best way to fry up chicken, beef, veggies, and virtually anything. Take it from the Amazon reviewers, too, this pan will do you well.


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How to Make Steak Fajitas

Ingredients, directions, and an easy, delicious alternative to chicken

Traditionally, fajitas come in two different styles: chicken or steak. The chicken is arguably the easier of the two to prepare, however, steak is one might tasty option that you'll want to try! To get started, take a cut of beef like top sirloin or New York Strip. You'll want a cut that doesn't have too much fat, but not devoid of fat like filet mignon/beef tenderloin. You'll need to marinate the beef to make it tender enough so it won't dry out during the cooking process.


For the marinade, take all of the cumin, celery salt, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, lemon juice, paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and put it into a bowl. Place the steak into the bowl and allow to marinate for at least 2 hours. The longer you marinate, the better it will taste (up to 24 hours). See the rest of the ingredients list above in the chicken fajitas recipe.


1. After you've marinated the steak, cook it in a frying pan with the marinade until medium rare/rare. Even if you don't like your steak rare, you'll want to cook it rare because there's additional cooking for the steak later. Lightly brown both sides, and set aside to cool at least 10 minutes.

2. While the steak is cooking, prepare the vegetables. Use 1 Tablespoon olive oil to coat the vegetables. Add to a frying pan or wok, and sauté until the onions are translucent and peppers are no longer crispy.

3. Cut the cooled steak into small, thin, bite size strips. You can trim the fat at this point as well. Use culinary scissors to make the job extra easy. Add it to the veggie mix in a frying pan, and continue to cook until the beef is no longer rare. This should cook fast since the steak is sliced thin. Add additional cilantro if necessary, then serve immediately with tortillas, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and other fajita toppings.

Steak Fajitas, as you'd see them in a restaurant, served on an iron skillet

Steak Fajitas, as you'd see them in a restaurant, served on an iron skillet
Steak Fajitas, as you'd see them in a restaurant, served on an iron skillet
fresh homemade salsa
fresh homemade salsa

Make Your Own Fresh Salsa

Fresh salsa is much better than any canned variety on the market...

Homemade salsa is much better than the canned stuff. Have you ever tried it? There's a world of difference between the stuff you buy ready made in the store and making it yourself fresh. Fresh peppers, onions, and cilantro combined with other ingredients add refreshing taste. Learn how you can top your Mexican fajitas with this fresh homemade salsa on this helpful video:

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Delicious! It's all done, put in a tortilla, add some cheese and veggies, and enjoy!

Delicious! It's all done, put in a tortilla, add some cheese and veggies, and enjoy!
Delicious! It's all done, put in a tortilla, add some cheese and veggies, and enjoy!

Have You Ever Made Chicken Fajitas? - Have a tip of your own to make a better Mexican dish, or a serving suggestion?

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      5 years ago

      Your lens inspired me to make fajitas very soon.

    • Oikouros profile image


      6 years ago

      I usually do chicken but made some beef fajitas for a labor day meal, served over quesadillas instead of in tortillas, and added chopped tomatoes and avocado on top! It was AWESOME!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      This recipe for Fajitas sounds great. How many people does this serve ?

    • FloridaDino profile image


      6 years ago

      one of my favorite dishes, love authentic fajitas!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I can almost smell those yummy Fajitas right now! I love Mexican food.

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      6 years ago

      wow. it's almost 1am and now i'm starving. great.

      this looks SO good. those fajitas. those peppers---in that skillet! nom, nom, nom.

      i don't know what i'm going to do now. the grocery stores are all closed. (sigh)

      i just ate a bowl of guacamole anyway, so i don't need it. let me know what you think of it?

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      6 years ago

      Can't wait to start cooking!! =D

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      Zut Moon 

      6 years ago

      Yummy looking recipes !!!

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      sarahrk lm 

      6 years ago

      I love any kind of Mexican food. I will definitely try this recipe.

    • Mishael A Witty profile image

      Mishael A Witty 

      6 years ago

      Looks great! I just made my own version of fajitas tonight. So good! You're right. Fresh cilantro does make a HUGE difference!

    • Craftyville profile image


      6 years ago

      I love fajitas with lots of guacamole, super yummy.

    • GardenBuildingsUK profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow ! These look amazing !

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      great lens! My daughter loves mexican food. I think I'll try this tonight!!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      We love love this recipe and have been doing it now for a while. Thanks for sharing!

    • purpleclouds profile image


      6 years ago

      I really shouldn't watch this when I'm hungry, hahhah.. great recipe:))

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      7 years ago


    • Tagsforkids profile image


      7 years ago

      We often make chicken fajitas and have been getting a great tasting wheat tortilla. It makes for a quick and tasty meal, and a lot healthier than a other things! But now I'm starving after reading through this! :-)

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      7 years ago

      Fantastic! My mouth is watering. Thumbs up and a delicious Angel blessing your way!

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      7 years ago

      My taste buds are begging these treats.

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      7 years ago

      Oh yes. I love Mexican food. My favourite is the Chimichanga - like a fajita, but deep fried after wrapping! It is a bit fatty I suppose, but it's an amazing taste.

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Yum! Exellent directions and great photos!

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      7 years ago

      Delicious lens! Can't go wrong with fajitas for dinner.

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      surfin4dough lm 

      7 years ago

      Sounds like some good fajitas there. Making them myself would save me some money so thanks.

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      7 years ago

      Sure sounds delicious.

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      7 years ago

      I never try Mexican dish, but it looks like so yummy.. i love to try :)

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      7 years ago

      that looks better than most ive had in restaurants!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I love Mexican food and can't decide what my favorite is. I do have to be careful what I eat since I'm allergic to corn, but I have found ways around it. I can't give up a favorite food you know.

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      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great lens - Angel blessed and featured in my Squid Angel Road Trip - (when it is finished) thanks for sharing

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My favorite Mexican Dish is a Chimichanga but these Chicken Fajitas sound great, too. Lensrolling to Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap. It's amazing all the things you can do with a chicken.

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      Wedding Mom 

      7 years ago

      Your recipe on Mexican chicken fajitas is just wonderful! It really looks delicious and so appetizing. Great lens

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      7 years ago

      Special blessing and featured on April Fools Day Blessings. Please make up 3 large batches of these fajitas for the squid angel bus or we may all end up at your place for dinner and to polish our wings.

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      7 years ago

      This is a great lens i especially like the images.

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      7 years ago

      this looks excellent!

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      7 years ago

      I love the way you broke the recipe down for people who might otherwise be discouraged. Good point about the fresh cilantro. I totally agree - and love mexican food. Cheers!

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      7 years ago from US

      Best Mexican Chicken Fajitas blessed by a #squidangel :)

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      Sue Dixon 

      7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      One of the best recipe pages ever! Blessed by a Regional Food Angel! I'll add it to my Best Regional Foods list- nearly ready to go!

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      7 years ago

      looks delicious. can't wait to try it.

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      greenkat lm 

      7 years ago

      Now I know what's for dinner tonight!

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      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      My Angel Blessing today is SWAH :)

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      jojokaya lm 

      7 years ago

      Looks delicious..yumm

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens and I have never made this dish,. Featured now on Holiday Cooking.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on your beautiful Purple Star here! Very well deserved for this delicious lens. I have never purchased cilantro and appreciated your tip to skip the dry stuff. I swear I could smell onions frying when I got to that picture, clever, I wonder how you did that!

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      7 years ago

      I am so hungry after looking at this lens.

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      Fox Music 

      7 years ago

      Thank You for this very Delicious Lens - I Think I Know What Were Havin For Dinner Tonight!! Thanks again

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      7 years ago

      ... oh, I want it and I want IT hot and spicy! Yumm. Merry Christmas.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Everything looks great! Yum

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      8 years ago

      I absolutely love Fajitas, used to have them all the time at this great restaurant that made them perfectly, they don't seem as popular as they used to, but do make them myself sometimes. I liked my onions and red peppers almost burnt.

    • piedromolinero profile image


      8 years ago

      Hmm... I love Fajitas. You got me hungy now.

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      8 years ago

      Nice job. This is one of my go to dinners for the family, about once every two weeks. My children love our fajitas spicy, so I have jalapenos and serranos to kick it up a notch.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I never made fajitas before, but we have had burritos, nachos, and homemade salsa tons of times! This looks delicious!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done; we love chicken fajitas. As a matter of fact, we had leftover fajitas today for lunch. YUM.

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      Ellen Brundige 

      8 years ago from California

      YUM. I prefer steak fajitas, but either way they're delicious.

      I have this problem.

      My Mom's from Texas. I've eaten mexican food off and on all my life. But I don't actually know if I like Mexican food, because almost always I order fajitas!

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      8 years ago

      Yum!! I love chicken fajitas and love making them! Fantastic recipe I will have to try it.

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      Bradshaw LM 

      8 years ago

      I love, love, love chicken fajitas! One of the best treats as a sidedish at the family BBQs.

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      8 years ago

      My mouth is watering after seeing the fajita pictures on this page. I think the ease of fixing is perfect for families wanting a hot meal in less time.

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      8 years ago

      No, just steak fajitas. But I think I will try your recipe.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I love Mexican food, and I really missed it after we moved to New Zealand, until we started making it ourselves. We haven't made fajitas yet, but will give it a try now that we have your recipe. I am glad you found it :)

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      8 years ago from Canada

      I love Mexican Food and my favorite is Chicken Fajitas! I'll definitely come back and try out this recipe!

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      Penny Pincher G 

      8 years ago

      what a beautiful and yummy lens

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great use of pictures on this lens! We love Mexican food so we have fajitas (beef or chicken) ALL the time. I've featured this yummy lens on my How To Make BBQ Chicken Quesadillas lens (

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      9 years ago

      What a great lens! I'll definitely try making fajitas.

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      9 years ago

      I love fajitas - just wish they were wheat free!

    • Eklectik1 profile image


      9 years ago

      mmmmmm!! I love all mexican food but I really love the Quesadillas. We make them about twice a month at home. Great lens

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      I appreciate how you pulled this lens together...great tips and the pictures are ab fab!

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      Moe Wood 

      9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      This is one of most versatile meals for large families. Everyone's happy because they get to pick their favorites.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      We make chicken fajitas about once a month. I love them.

      Thanks for sharing


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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      I am a sucker for bright and beautiful lenses like this one. Yet another one to roll to my Laftover lens.

    • Kiwisoutback profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      [in reply to Dragonfiregrill] I did not, but I will let you know how it comes out! I printed out the recipe. Everyone check out that lens featuring that recipe by Dragonfiregrill, it sounds great!

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      9 years ago

      hey kiwi, stopping by again, did you ever get to try that cranberry pineapple pork loin? if you did i hope you liked it.

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      9 years ago

      Mmmm, Delicious

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      9 years ago

      Another excellent lens. I eat Mexican food regularly - it is one of my favorites.

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      dc64 lm 

      9 years ago

      Your pictures are making me hungry, and I just ate! I love Mexican food so much, and your fajita recipe looks really simple. I've never made them before, but I think I'll give it a try. BTW, thanks for congratulating me on the Giant status.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      9 years ago

      Gorgeous lens... I love Pico de Gallo too. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      Sniff It Out 

      9 years ago

      I was torn between Nachos and fajitas in the poll but in the end the fajitas won! :)

      I never thought to use cilantro when I have made them before but it is one of my favorite herbs and is readily available where I live so I will definitely add that to the mix the next time!

      Welcome to 'The Cooks Cafe' group.

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      9 years ago

      Mmmmm...I just ate lunch and am hungry all over again. ::slurp:: My favorite Mexican dish is pisole. Yummy!

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      The Eclectic Muse 

      9 years ago

      Funny, we just had fajitas last night! It's one of our favorites. Thanks for adding your lens to The Mexican Food Group

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Looks good. I'm ready to eat :)

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      ckennedy lm 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by - this is a terrific lens and I'm lensrolling it over so even more folks can enjoy it! Throwing in the pico is a crowning touch.

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      Good tip about using a slotted spoon! We love fajitas and make them often and I totally agree that fresh cilantro is the only way to go. It's one of the herbs that I grow, myself. I'm going to try your recipe the next time we have fajitas. *****

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      Jeff Wendland 

      9 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      Yummy yummy. I make a mean pico de gallo too. I also like avocados on any Mexican food that I make. Great lens here.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I made salsa and tortillas today. But we had pork rather than chicken.

      A truly mouthwatering lens.

      You're officially blessed!

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      9 years ago

      this is great much better than i have done so far but i am working on it.

      great job.


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