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Make this Fajita Chicken Marinade for a delicious blend of spices, oil and lime juice for the perfect flavor to make the best chicken fajita recipe.

Chicken Fajita in a large skillet with peppers and onions
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We love this easy Fajita Chicken Marinade. It makes the most flavorful chicken fajitas that taste better than at a restaurant. Making homemade marinades such as Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade allows you to control the ingredients for the best Mexican Recipes.

This marinade takes minutes to prepare and gives the chicken the best flavor. You can easily use this marinade to make Chicken Fajita Quesadillas Recipe, Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas or Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas.

Why This Recipe Works

My whole family loves Mexican Food and when we go to Mexican Restaurants, we always get chicken fajitas. Making the chicken fajita marinade at home allows me to save time and money.

The combination of the ingredients are simple and I usually have most of them on hand.

Ingredients 

Seasoning needed for the marinade - oil, lime, honey, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, chili powder, onion powder
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – You can also use chicken thighs.
  • Peppers and Onion – Slice the peppers about the same size
  • Olive Oil – Check out these Oil Substitutes if you are out.

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Variations Ideas

  • Citrus Juice – If you are out of limes, you can also use lemon juice or orange juice.
  • Seasoning – We love our Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe but you can use what you prefer. Our Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe is another great option. We have even added in cayenne pepper for an extra kick of spice.
  • Tortillas – Feel free to make the fajitas with your favorite tortillas. We have made them with flour tortillas and corn tortillas.

How to Make Fajita Chicken Marinade 

Pounded chicken on a cutting board with a meat mallet

Step 1 – Pound the chicken breasts until they are approximately ½ inch thick. 

Blend of spices and oil in a bowl

Step 2 – Add all the chicken fajita marinade recipe ingredients to a mixing bowl.  Whisk the ingredients together until fully combined. 

Chicken breast stacked in a ziplock bag

Step 3 – Place the chicken breasts in a ziplock bag.

Green bell peppers and red bell peppers in a ziplock bag

Step 4 – Then place the sliced peppers and onions in a separate bag. 

Pouring the marinade over the chicken in a ziplock bag

Step 5 – Pour part of the marinade over the pepper and onions until they are fully coated with the marinade. Pour the remaining marinade over the chicken. Let the chicken and veggies marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Cooking peppers in a skillet with tongs

Step 6 – Preheat the grill, cook the peppers and onions.  Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the marinated peppers and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes until the vegetables start to brown.

Marinated chicken breast on the grill

Step 7 – Place the chicken on the grill.  Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Be careful not to overcook.  

Chicken breast cut into strips on the cutting board with a knife

Step 8 – Remove from heat, let the chicken sit for at least 10 minutes.  Slice the chicken.  Serve with the peppers and onions, fresh lime juice and enjoy! 

Recipe Tips

  • Chicken – When preparing the chicken we make sure that it about the same size thickness. This allows the chicken cook evenly on the grill.
  • Prepare Grill – Make sure to oil the grill which prevents the chicken from sticking to the grill grates.
  • Meat Thermometer – We recommend using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken to know when it is finished cooking. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.
Chicken fajita meat in a skillet with green and red peppers sliced

Serving Suggestions

Chicken fajita’s are perfect for a weeknight meal but it is always perfect to serve to a crowd. You can easily setup a Fajita bar with all your favorite toppings. Here are some suggestions.

To complete this chicken fajita meal we also like to serve with Easy Instant Pot Refried Beans recipe, Mexican Rice and Black Beans in the Crockpot.

Fajita tacos on a plate with lime wedges

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftover Fajita Chicken Marinade

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  You can even make this marinade up to 2 days prior to using it. Just make sure to store in the fridge.

How Much Marinade Does this Make

This marinade is enough to use with about 2 pounds of chicken.

How Long to Marinate Chicken

Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes for the best flavor. But we do recommend no more than 8 hours.

Can I Make Fajita Chicken on the Stovetop?

Yes, you can make the marinated chicken on the stovetop. We recommend cutting the chicken into strips then cook in a preheated cast iron skillet for the best flavor and texture.

More Easy Marinade Recipes

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Fajita Chicken Marinade

5 from 2 votes
We love this easy Fajita Chicken Marinade. It makes the most flavorful chicken fajitas that taste better than at a restaurant.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Let Sit 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 333

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Large Red Onion sliced
  • 2 Bell Peppers sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

For the Marinade:

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Instructions

  • Pound the chicken breasts until they are approximately ½ inch thick.
  • Add all the marinade ingredients to a mixing bowl.  Whisk the ingredients together until fully combined.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and place the sliced peppers and onions in a separate bag.
  • Pour part of the marinade over the pepper and onions until they are fully coated with the marinade.
  • Pour the remaining marinade over the chicken.
  • Let the chicken, peppers and onions marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours (overnight).
  • Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit) and rub the grill grates with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  • While the grill is preheating, cook the peppers and onions.  Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add in the marinated peppers and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes until the vegetables start to brown.
  • Add a small amount of water to the pan and continue to cook for 3-4 more minutes until the water cookies off and the vegetables are tender.  Remove from heat.
  • Place the chicken on the grill.  Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Be careful not to overcook.
  • Remove from heat, let the chicken sit for at least 10 minutes.
  • Slice the chicken.  Serve with the peppers and onions and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 333kcal, Carbohydrates 14g, Protein 25g, Fat 20g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 13g, Trans Fat 0.01g, Cholesterol 73mg, Sodium 180mg, Potassium 626mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 9g, Vitamin A 2238IU, Vitamin C 57mg, Calcium 30mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Christina says:

    5 stars
    Yum! I love this quick and easy recipe!

  2. Casey says:

    5 stars
    My chicken turned out so flavorful!