Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas with Peppers and Onions

Chicken fajitas are made even simpler and easier with this sheet pan recipe! A quick marinade makes the chicken tasty and tender. Serve it right from the pan for an easy Tex-Mex family favorite.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
Sally Vargas

The ubiquitous fajita—a Tex-Mex platter of sizzling grilled meat with peppers and onions served in so many chain restaurants—hits the mark as a sheet pan supper. And this one has plenty of personality.

Here, chicken is cut into thin strips and then bathed in a citrus marinade seasoned with chili powder, oregano, and cumin, the usual suspects in Mexican cooking. The orange and lime add sweetness, which also helps brown the vegetables and meat so they have a little charred flavor, too.

Fajitas with Chicken
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An Easy Sheet Pan Supper

One-pot and one-pan meals have been around for a long time and for good reason. Who doesn’t want to fix it and forget it with only one pot to clean? The sheet pan offers a hands-off alternative to stovetop or grilled fajitas.

Individual ingredients can shine and take on the roasty, toasty flavors that can only come from the oven. If you haven’t invested in a rimmed baking sheet, now is the time to buy one—think of all the meals you can make without breaking a sweat.

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The Best Way to Warm Tortillas

Here are my favorite ways to warm tortillas:

  • Heat over a gas burner: Turn a gas burner to medium-low. When the burner grate is hot, place a tortilla directly on the grate for about 20 seconds, or until it starts to puff slightly. With tongs, turn it over and let it heat for a few more seconds on the other side. A little charring at the edges adds flavor. Do not walk away from the stove while you are doing this or you will have burned tortillas.
  • Heat in a skillet: Set a dry skillet over medium heat and heat until hot. Lay one tortilla at a time on the hot pan and turn, as above. Use 2 pans or a pancake griddle if you want to heat more than one at a time.
  • Heat in the microwave: Wrap 1 to 3 tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds, or until hot. I actually never do this because I like the charred flavor from heating the tortillas over the burner or in a pan, which only takes a few minutes longer, but if you are in a hurry, it’s fine to heat them that way.

Once warmed, wrap the tortillas in a tea towel or cloth napkin to keep them hot at the table and let everyone take tortillas from the pile.

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You are going to love the convenience and ease of this supper. It’s found its way into our rotation now, because, you know, it’s the family motto: Everything goes better in a tortilla!

Worried About Sheet Pan Clean Up?

Line your sheet pan with a reusable Silpat baking mat, parchment paper, or foil and clean up will be a breeze.

Make-Ahead Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Prep Ingredients Ahead: This becomes a quick weeknight meal to throw together if you prep the ingredients 1 to 3 days ahead of time.

  • Make the marinade and store tightly covered in the refrigerator.
  • Cut the onions and sweet bell peppers and store them together in a tightly covered container or zipper top bag in the refrigerator.
  • Cut the chicken and store in a separate tightly covered container or zipper top bag in the refrigerator.

Prep for a Freezer Meal: To prep ahead and freeze for up to 3 months, follow these instructions.

  • Make the marinade.
  • Cut the chicken and place it in an appropriately-sized freezer safe zipper bag. Pour half the marinade in, squeeze out the air and seal the bag.
  • Cut the onions and peppers (no need to blanche) and place them in an appropriately-sized freezer safe zipper bag. Pour the remaining marinade in. Squeeze the air out and seal the bag.
  • Clip the two bags together and label them with a permanent marker.
  • Defrost in the refrigerator overnight.

Other Ways to Serve Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

  • As is! Right off the pan
  • Use them on top of a green salad with a green goddess dressing
  • Add to sandwiches and top with melted cheese
  • Serve over tortilla chips to make nachos, top with melted cheese
  • Pair with Arroz Verde

Storing Chicken Fajitas

Refrigerator: Cool leftover fajitas and store in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Serve cold in a wrap or a salad or reheat on the stovetop until warmed through and the chicken reaches 165°F.

Freezer: Cool leftover fajitas and store in a freezer safe airtight container or freezer safe zipper top bag for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stovetop until warmed through and the chicken reaches 165°F.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas with Peppers and Onions

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

For the marinade:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 1 to 2 limes)

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from 1 small orange)

  • 2 tablespoons pickling juice, from a jar of pickled jalapeños (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (or chili powder blend)

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the chicken and vegetables:

  • 1 large red or yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

  • 2 large sweet bell peppers (red, yellow or green, or a combination), cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, (about 1 1/4 pounds), cut into 1-inch strips

  • 8 to 12 corn tortillas

For optional garnish:

  • 1 avocado, sliced

  • Handful fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1 lime, quartered

  • Cooked rice and/or beans

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF:

    Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Make the marinade:

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the lime juice, orange juice, pickling juice, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and salt. Whisk in the olive oil. Pour half of the marinade into a separate bowl or cup, and set aside.

  3. Marinate the chicken:

    Add the chicken to the bowl with the marinade. Toss to coat, and set aside to marinate while the peppers and onions are roasting (about 15 minutes).

  4. Cook the peppers and onions:

    In the center of a sheet pan, mound the onions and peppers. Drizzle the reserved half of the marinade over them and toss to coat.

    Spread them in one layer and roast for about 15 minutes, or until they begin to soften.

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  5. Cook the chicken with the peppers and onions:

    Add the chicken strips to the pan with the softened vegetables, distributing them among the peppers and onions. Drizzle any excess marinade over the pan.

    Bake for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (at least 165ºF when measured with an instant read thermometer).

  6. Broil the chicken and vegetables to char them:

    Set a rack 3 to 4 inches from the broiler and turn on the broiler. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the chicken and vegetables are lightly charred.

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  7. Warm the tortillas:

    Set a dry skillet over medium heat and heat until hot. Lay one tortilla at a time on the hot pan and turn, as above. Use 2 pans or a pancake griddle if you want to heat more than one at time.

    Alternately, you can place a tortilla (one at a time) directly over a gas burner on medium-low heat for about 20 seconds, or until it starts to puff slightly. With tongs, turn it over and let it heat for a few more seconds on the other side.

    The microwave also works. Just wrap 1 to 3 tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds, or until hot.

    Wrap the warm tortillas in a napkin and set them on a plate.

  8. Serve the fajitas:

    Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a warm platter. Bring the platter and the warm tortillas to the table for people to help themselves. Serve with lime wedges, cilantro, and avocado. If you like, you could serve with rice and beans, too.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
346 Calories
14g Fat
44g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 346
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 352mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 96mg 478%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 473mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.