Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajita

The fajita is a fairly new food, originating in the 1930s in Texas. It was first created by ranch workers, who were given the cheaper cuts of beef- skirt steak. They would marinate the steak in lime to help tenderize the tough meat. The fajita is now created using many types of meat (numerous cuts of beef, chicken, even shrimp). It is grilled and served with onions and bell peppers on a tortilla, sometimes with many additional condiments. In restaurants, it is often served in a sizzling skillet. Mexican “Arracheras” are very similar to fajitas, also using marinated skirt steaks.

More information on the history of the fajita.

Chicken Fajita

Evan wasn’t really interested the fajitas tonight. He pushed away the chicken, bell peppers, and onions to chew on the tortilla. He takes after his mom and is a big fan of bread. He hasn’t had a huge interest in food lately since his top two teeth are coming in. Oh well, maybe next time.

Chicken Fajita

Chicken Fajitas

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

8 tortillas

Chicken Fajitas


2 teaspoons paprika

1/2 teaspoon cumin

4 limes, divided

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

2 bell peppers, thinly sliced

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1 pound boneless chicken breasts, thinly sliced lengthwise

8 Tortillas

Possible Garnishes:

Sour cream



Shredded Cheese

In a large bowl, whisk together paprika, cumin, juice from 1 lime, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Add the bell pepper slices, onion slices, and chicken slices. Set aside to marinate up to 30 minutes.

Heat a large skillet over high heat. Once thoroughly heated, use a large slotted spoon or tongs to add the chicken mixture. Stir often and cook until the peppers and onions soften and chicken is cooked through.

Divide among the tortillas, sprinkle with the juice of the remaining limes, and serve immediately with desired garnishes.

Adapted from Handle the Heat from Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals

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Comments: 2

  1. Sally Sallinger 7 January, 2013 at 8:27 am Reply

    Maybe try fruit tortillas for the little guy. My own personal fav anyways! Banana and avocado wrap, drizzled with some lime could suite his fancy. And once he starts craving greens more, mustard/collards (steamed/sautéed with leeks and garlic) and fried plantains tacos are out of this world. 😉

  2. Tara 8 January, 2013 at 9:58 am Reply

    We are waiting for more teeth before trying greens, but he may love the fruit tortillas now!

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