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When you don't want to grill outside, use a cast iron skillet on your stove top to create great-tasting chicken fajitas. You'll need a fairly large skillet, at least 12 inches or larger, to handle the chicken and all the vegetables. Just don't forget that last squeeze of lime juice over everything. It adds just the right touch! Serve fajitas with toppings like salsa, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, and guacamole.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr
1 hr 35 mins
15 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Dry chicken with paper towels and pound to a uniform thickness of 1/2 to 3/4-inch thickness.

  • Combine cumin, chipotle chili powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, coriander, garlic, Mexican oregano, and pepper in a bowl. Divide spice mixture in half. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 of the spice mixture and rub on both sides of the chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours.

  • Combine bell pepper slices, onion slices, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a bowl. Stir vegetables until coated in oil, then sprinkle reserved spice mix over the vegetables. Stir until evenly coated; set aside.

  • Heat a dry 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Pour remaining 2 tablespoons oil into the hot skillet. Add chicken breasts to the skillet and cook until the chicken is nicely browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a cutting board.

  • Add seasoned vegetables to the same skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

  • While vegetables are cooking, slice the chicken breasts into 1/2-inch slices, and add back to the skillet to continue cooking. Continue stirring and cooking until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  • Remove skillet from heat and drizzle lime juice over all. Give one final stir and serve in warm flour tortillas.

Cook's Notes:

Any color or combination of colors bell peppers will be fine.

If you enjoy really spicy foods, increase the chipotle chile powder and add a pinch of cayenne. As is, the recipe is nicely seasoned, but not spicy.

Nutrition Facts

603 calories; protein 28.6g; carbohydrates 67.2g; fat 23.8g; cholesterol 64.6mg; sodium 1192.8mg. Full Nutrition