Easy Chicken Fajita Marinade


This simple chicken fajita marinade has been bounced around in my family for at least 15 years. It's tasty, easily altered for a twist on the taste, and can be easily prepared in under 15 minutes. Serve with other fajita elements such as sautéed green bell pepper, white or yellow onions, jalapeño slaw, homemade tomato or mango salsa, etc.

close up view of chicken coated with Easy Chicken Fajita Marinade on a grill
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins


  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips


  1. Whisk vegetable oil, chili powder, lime juice, honey, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper together in a medium bowl until well combined.

  2. Place chicken strips in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour in marinade and knead to coat; squeeze out excess air, seal bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours to overnight.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Remove chicken strips from marinade; discard any unused marinade.

  5. Cook chicken on the preheated grill until browned on all sides and chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes per side. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest piece should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).


Feel free to experiment with other spices, the amount of lime juice and honey, and the type of garlic. Minced garlic can be used instead of garlic powder, and tossing in 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper can put an extra kick in the flavor.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
14g Fat
6g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 229mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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