Chicken Fajitas Recipe – Sizzling Restaurant-Style Recipe



  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, thinly sliced


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • 2 bell peppers (any color, a mix is even better), thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Toppings (suggestions):

  • Warm flour tortillas
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Shredded cheese
  • Chopped cilantro


Make the Marinade:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and pepper.

Marinate the Chicken:

  • Place the sliced chicken in a large bowl or resealable bag. Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring it’s well coated.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or ideally several hours or overnight.

Cook the Vegetables:

  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet or heavy-bottomed pan over high heat. Add the olive oil.
  • When the oil is just starting to smoke, add the sliced bell peppers and onions. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are softened and slightly charred. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Cook the Chicken:

  • In the same skillet, add a tiny bit more oil if needed. Heat over high heat.
  • Add the marinated chicken in batches, ensuring not to overcrowd the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and nicely browned.

Assemble and Serve:

  • Warm your tortillas.
  • Place the chicken and vegetables on a sizzling platter if you have one, otherwise on a large plate or serving dish.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite toppings like sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cheese, cilantro, and warm tortillas.


  • Don’t overcrowd the pan: Cook the chicken and vegetables in batches to ensure proper browning and searing.
  • Get that Sizzle: A cast-iron skillet provides the best sizzling effect and helps keep things hot for serving.
  • Customize it: Add other vegetables like mushrooms, zucchini, or corn. Experiment with different spices or create your own marinade.
  • Spice level: Adjust the cayenne pepper to control the heat level of your fajitas.

Enjoy your restaurant-style chicken fajitas!


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