This Chicken Fajita Marinade is the blend of delicious spices and simple ingredients. Top the chicken on a flour tortilla for a delicious meal idea.

Sliced Chicken Fajita meat on white plate with a side of cooked peppers and onions and lime wedges
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This Chicken Fajita Marinade recipe is loaded with flavor and easy to make. We love getting chicken fajita’s at our local Mexican restaurant so now I can easily make it at home.

This marinade is quick and easy to prep and gives your chicken so much flavor. Feel free to change the seasoning for a delicious weeknight meal. Add your favorite Grilled Side Dishes for a complete meal idea.

You may also love this Cilantro Chicken Marinade Recipe and this Mexican Chicken Marinade.

Why This Recipe Works

This recipe is made with simple spices such as chili powder, olive oil and lime juice to create a delicious marinade. This marinade can use be used to burritos, nachos, tacos and more.

The grill easily cooks the chicken tender and the perfect grilled chicken recipe.

Ingredients 

Ingredients for chicken fajita marinade - chicken breasts, red onion, bell peppers, olive oil, lime, honey, garlic powder, paprika, pepper, chili powder, onions powder

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variation Ideas

  • Change the Meat – You can us this marinade for steak fajitas, grilled chicken thighs, shrimp fajitas and more.
  • Change the Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning. We have even added in red pepper flakes, minced garlic, oregano, smoked paprika and cumin for added flavor.
  • Marinade – Feel free to add flavor by adding orange juice, soy sauce, and hot sauce to the easy chicken fajita recipe.

How to Make Chicken Fajita Marinade

Uncooked chicken on a cutting board lined with parchment paper with a wooden pounder

Step 1 – Pound Chicken – Pound the chicken breasts until they are approximately ½ inch thick. 

Marinade ingredients combined in a white bowl with a whisk on the side

Step 2 – Combine Ingredients – Add all the marinade ingredients to a mixing bowl.  Whisk the ingredients together until fully combined. 

Peppers and onions in a ziplock bag topped with seasoning and uncooked chicken in the ziplock bag with marinade

Step 3 – Add to Ziplock Bag – Add the chicken breasts in a ziplock bag. Then place the sliced peppers and onions in a separate bag. 

Marinating onions, peppers, and chicken in a ziplock bag

Step 4 – Pour Marinade – Pour part of the marinade over the pepper and onions. Cover until they are fully coated with the marinade. Pour the remaining marinade over the chicken. 

Oiling the grill grates with a brush

Step 5 – Prepare Grill – Preheat a grill over medium high heat approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then rub the grill grates with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.  

Cooking the peppers and onions in a large skillet

Step 6 – Heat Oil – While the grill is preheating, cook the peppers and onions.  Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the marinated peppers and onions and cook.

Placing uncooked chicken on the grill grates

Step 7 – Place Chicken – Place the chicken on the grill. 

Grilled chicken on the grill

Step 8 – Grill Chicken – Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Be careful not to overcook.  

  • Step 9 – Rest Chicken – Remove from heat, let the chicken sit for at least 10 minutes. 
  •  Step 13 – Slice Chicken – Slice the chicken on a cutting board with a sharp knife.  Serve with the peppers and onions and enjoy. Add guacamole, jalapeno peppers, and fresh lime juice.

Recipe Tips

  • Marinating – When marinating the meat, make sure to allow the ingredients to marinate for at least 30 minutes. This allows for the meat to be full of flavor.
  • Grilling Chicken – Allow chicken to cook on both sides. Make sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  • Chicken Fajita Toppings – Add your favorite toppings when serving the chicken fajitas. We love to top with sour cream, shredded cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo and more. We even add salsa to taste with a sprinkle of cilantro.
Slice chicken breast on a cutting board with a side of flour tortillas and a bowl of lime wedges and a bowl of cooked peppers and onions

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftover Marinade

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

How to Cook Chicken Fajitas in the Skillet

Cooking chicken fajitas in the skillet is easy and delicious. We recommend cooking in a large cast iron skillet for the best flavor. Prepare and marinate the chicken and then cook the strips in the skillet.
Serve on corn tortillas or flour tortillas for the best flavor. Make sure to serve with brown bits.

How to Bake Chicken Fajitas

This recipe dish can be placed in the oven to bake. We love to make sheet pan chicken fajitas loaded with veggies. After Marinating the chicken and vegetables, place them on a baking sheet and bake.
We recommend baking in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. We recommend half way through cooking time, flip the chicken and vegetables to cook both sides.

Chicken Fajita meat on flour tortillas with peppers in a baking dish

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Chicken Fajita Marinade

5 from 3 votes
This Chicken Fajita Marinade is the blend of delicious spices and simple ingredients. Top the chicken on a flour tortilla for a delicious meal idea.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 324

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Large Red Onion sliced
  • 2 Bell Peppers sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

For the Marinade:

Instructions

  • Pound the chicken breasts until they are approximately ½ inch thick.
  • Add all the marinade ingredients to a mixing bowl.  Whisk the ingredients together until fully combined.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and place the sliced peppers and onions in a separate bag.
  • Pour part of the marinade over the pepper and onions until they are fully coated with the marinade.
  • Pour the remaining marinade over the chicken.
  • Let the chicken, peppers and onions marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours (overnight).
  • Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit) and rub the grill grates with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  • While the grill is preheating, cook the peppers and onions.  Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add in the marinated peppers and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes until the vegetables start to brown.
  • Add a small amount of water to the pan and continue to cook for 3-4 more minutes until the water cookies off and the vegetables are tender.  Remove from heat.
  • Place the chicken on the grill.  Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Be careful not to overcook.
  • Remove from heat, let the chicken sit for at least 10 minutes.
  • Slice the chicken.  Serve with the peppers and onions and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 324kcal, Carbohydrates 12g, Protein 25g, Fat 20g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 13g, Trans Fat 0.01g, Cholesterol 73mg, Sodium 347mg, Potassium 555mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 7g, Vitamin A 921IU, Vitamin C 13mg, Calcium 31mg, Iron 1mg

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