May 9, 2013

Skinny Chicken Fajitas


Chicken Fajitas

Lean strips of chicken breast, bell peppers and onions served sizzling hot with warm tortillas and shredded cheese. If this is your idea of delicious, you are not alone!

My husband Tommy is a creature of habit; anytime we go out for Mexican he always orders chicken fajitas. In fact when we went to Mexico a few years ago, he may have ordered them almost every night! I find that amusing because I get really bored of eating the same thing twice, and tend to always take a chance and try something completely new to me.

But chicken fajitas are a regular in my home, we make them at least once a month and the whole family enjoys them. My younger daughter Madison likes her bell peppers raw, so I chop some up and just set them aside for her and cut up the chicken. You can make the whole thing outside on the grill using a cast iron skillet to cook the peppers and onions as we usually do in the summer, or you can cook this indoors in a skillet. Enjoy!

This recipe was from the archives, but I made some minor changes to the original, and found those cute fajita cast iron skillets and tortilla warmers at Target by Imusa (a brand I love for Latin cookware), which was the perfect excuse for a new photo. They really make you feel like you're having a fiesta!!! I may need to buy this tortilla press next!



Skinny Chicken Fajitas
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 2 fajitas • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 299 • Fat: 10.5 g • Protein: 39 g • Carb: 27 g • Fiber: 15.5 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 423 mg (without the salt)  • Cholesterol: 7.5 mg


Ingredients:

  • 16 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts 
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 green or poblano pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, cut into strips
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch ancho or Mexican chile powder,  to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 8 reduced carb whole wheat flour tortillas (Trader Joes)

For garnish:

  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded mexican cheese
  • reduced fat sour cream (optional)
  • guacamole (optional)

Directions:

Marinate the chicken with lime juice, and season with chile powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder and cumin.



Season vegetables with salt and pepper and toss with olive oil. To grill the onions and peppers outside on the grill, use a cast iron skillet and grill covered over medium heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Or, to cook them indoors, you can use a large skillet on the stove over medium heat for 16 to 18 minutes, covered until the onions and peppers are soft.

Heat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan over medium heat; grill chicken until cooked through, about 8 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board when done and cut into strips. Once cooked, combine with the peppers and onions. Serve immediately with warmed tortillas, cheese and toppings.

Makes 4 cups chicken and vegetables.

91 comments :

  1. love your blog, was telling my sis who is doing weight watchers ad I'm sending her the link right now, she is so exited. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

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  2. I love tortillas. They are a staple when the weather warms up.

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  3. thanks gina

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  4. I've been doing WeightWatchers for 7 months now and got in a rut of eating the same things over and over again - tried this last week and oh my God, it was so delicious. Thanks for posting all these great recipes!

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  5. Great, you're welcome!!!

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    1. Hi the recipe sounds really tasty and I would like to try it but as I'm doing S/W I wondered how it would translate, I wouldn't want to jeopardize my progress.

      Thanks

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  6. please remember that some of us live in places that the stores don't have some of the ingredients. Maybe you could be a substitute along side.

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    1. oh my goodness, stop with the silly complaints already.

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    2. same ere i have the same problm as i Live in Pakistan.. so there few of the ingredients r not available but the dish sounds deliciouss.

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  7. Where do you live? It's hard for me to know what is not available to you in your area unless you tell me. You can also find a lot of ingredients for sale online.

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  8. Thanks for your fantastic recipes Gina! We'll be making these tonight.

    When you get a chance, I'd love to see the nutritional info to recalculate it.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

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  9. I love this site.... I really wish you had a cookbook out... I would buy it in a heart beat.. My BF makes fun of me cause I love looking at recipes & printing up tons of them... Now I just need to make some more of them.. I can't wait to try this one & the Chicken Enchiladas... Made the Spinach rolls Awsome.. Made the Chocolate Zucchini Bread... Yummy So So Moist

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  10. Thanks Jamie!

    Chicken enchiladas are one of my favorites!

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  11. I love these at REsturantes so i am super excited to try this at home!! Can not wait :) yummy yummy yummy!

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  12. Hi Gina, Was wondering what could be subsituted for the poblano chile. I can not find it in the stores? Thank you for such AWESOME recipes!

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    1. Poblano peppers are also in grocery stories (like Safeway) as Pasilla peppers.

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  13. Hi Gina. This looks so good!! How long should I marinade the chicken? Thanks!

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  14. I just have a few questions. First, can I omit the poblano chile. Second, the carbs are very high, are these good carbs or bad carbs. Lastly, do you have recipes that I can use for two people?

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  15. This was so good! I recently moved to Nigeria from Texas and am so excited to find WW friendly recipes that are from scratch and don't have to use processed ingredients. Thank you so much!

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  16. I was wondering if there is something I could use instead of onions and bell peppers. I suffer from migrains and they are both triggers for me. In most recipes I can just omit them but in this case that leaves me with just chicken. Which is fine but I have always wanted to make this with something else for more flavor and texture.

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    1. Chicken fajits are made with onions and bell peppers. If you can't eat them, then you can't eat fajitas. Stop with the stupid requests.

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    2. wow, so nice of you, not everyone thinks the same way. I would try maybe zucchini julienned, mushrooms, fajita can be interpreted as more the style of cooking the meat and serving it in tortilla's than what is actually in it. Be creative and put together a combo that sounds good to you.

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    3. Ahem...Cindy dear, the comment that you just blasted is from over a year ago. Not sure she is going to come back and see your negative comment. She could make a wrap with the chicken using the lime juice and spices and sub other veg. Not everyone is an experienced cook on this site. Take it easy.

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  17. Gina, this was absolutely delicious! I live in Texas and am spoiled by our great TexMex restaurants, but I have to compliment you on this recipe. The marinade made the chicken moist and delicious. I cooked the chicken and the veggies in a very hot skillet with Pam (no olive oil). The results were awesome and so filling. Great rec on the tortillas too. Hubby and 6-year-old son loved it. Thank you. --Shelley

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  18. WOW! We just made and devoured this meal. I also just ordered basically the same thing from Chili's last week and this made me realize how eating fresh and organic is SO important to our bodies. This is one of the freshest meals that I've had aside from juicing. Thank you Gina!

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  19. I plan to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I'm so excited to make this... I am wondering though if it would be good using fresh garlic instead of garlic powder? How much would you use in replacement?

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  21. Whats the exact mesurements for each serving size? Like 1 cup per serving?

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  22. made this tonight...so great! this was actually my first skinny taste i tried making!

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  23. I made this tonight. I admit, I was skeptical on whether it would have enough flavor. I make fajitas a lot but usually just buy the seasoning packet and make it that way. I've never made it without. I used chicken tenderloins, because it's all I had and ended up marinating it for a couple hours before dinner time finally rolled around. It had great flavor. The chicken was tender and moist. And the veggies were so good! I've never thought to grill veggies on my Foreman grill like that. The flavors were so much better than making them in a pan. Another great recipe, thank you!

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  24. I made Chicken Fajitas from this recipe and wow never made them so good before!! So easy to!

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  25. I have made these more times than I can count! The chicken is so flavorful and delicious, my husband and toddler DEVOUR them every time. Thanks Gina for all your fabulous recipes :)

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  26. Just made this tonight and it was fantastic! What is the calorie count if I eat this without a tortilla?

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    1. Look at the package of your tortillas for the calorie count and then subtract it.

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  27. I'm going to make these in a lettuce wrap instead of the flour tortillas. I can't wait to try it! Thanks. :-)

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  28. PLEASE, PLEASE --- I LOVE THE PICTURES - DO NOT ELIMINATE THEM!!!

    Thanks! Love your recipies!

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  29. Just founds your website. Very impressed with recipes. Keep them coming!

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  30. I made these tonight and they were delish! I did modify it to my taste, but the marinade is awesome!

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  31. Thank you thank you thank you! This was delicious and we'll be adding it to our family's summer lineup for sure!

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  32. yayyyy it's possible to make a healthy and skinny fajitas !!! let's celebrate !! ♥

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  33. I have been trying to kick the habit of bottled marinades and this is perfect for that! Thanks for the simple marinade/rub. :) We have fajitas all the time, year round. I even freeze a pepper/onion mix for when the peppers are out of season. If you are watching carbs, you can make a 'bare' fajita by serving the above over quinoa instead of using a tortilla. YUM!

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    1. great, I didn't even know they sold bottle marinades for fajitas!

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  34. I love fajitas! with margaritas!

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  35. Such a scrumptious, easy recipe for fajitas - I love it! These look so delicious, Gina!

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  36. Yum! I love how you can eat two of them for just 300 calories.

    Perfect for when you don't want too heavy of a dinner!

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  37. you have the BEST recipes!! love fajitas, and will be trying this out soon! thanks for sharing!!

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  38. i enjoyed this recipe,i have also done a similar one with very thin sliced beef flash fried in a pan with a squirt of one cal oil,veggies still griddled and that was nice as well.also have served this with home made flatbreads (griddled chapati),but not sure of the calories for them. thx for the share :-))

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  39. Quick question: What's the difference between ordinary chili powder and Mexican chili powder? Or are they they same thing?

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  40. I almost order the same thing when we go out for Mexican food too: steak tacos! Although we just discovered that a new Mexican restaurant in town has pulled pork tacos that are just as good as their steak, so I may be changing my order... And I love the way your daughter thinks - raw red bell peppers are my favorite vegetable!

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  41. My 3 year old is the same way with peppers, so I always set aside some raw strips for her, too :) It's funny how when you cook you have to remember to deconstruct some meals so the kiddos will eat it.

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  42. Le tue ricette sono sempre appetitose e fanno venire voglia di porvarle. Complimenti, sei davvero bravissima!!!

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  43. I LOVE that the cheese is not optional!

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    1. Cheese is never an option in my book!!! :)

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    2. So to be clear, the calorie counts and points include the cheese? That would be super!

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  44. Plain Greek yogurt makes a yummy, healthier substitute for sour cream.

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    1. I find it too tangy for my taste, but yes, I know a lot of people like to use yogurt. It's all optional.

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    2. Me too..but the Kroger brand (From Smith's in my area) 0% Fat Greek Yogurt is awesome and creamy, not tangy like the other ones..which is nice as it is the generic brand and I like it better than the name brands.

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  45. Oh man, fajitas are my favorite! Can't wait to try these out! Thanks for the skinny tip!

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  47. Loved it! All of your recipes are 5 stars! I live by your recipes, and tell everyone to try them! Do you by chance have the nutrition for this without the tortillas factored in? We don't have a trader joes near so will be using different tortillas and I would like the option of just eating the filling alone or as a salad topper. Thanks so much!!

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  48. Yum yum yum! Been following your blog for a couple years now and love every recipe I try. And I just wanted to let you know that I just added three things to my wedding registry because of your recommendations :)

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  49. Your kitchen must be over flowing with cute little kitchen accessories!

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  50. I love Chiken fajitas! Are my favourite one! I'll try them as soon as possible!!!

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  51. I made this last night and it was so delicious! We had it with a bit of your southwestern black bean salad on the side. We didn't have a cast iron skillet for the bbq, so my husband put the veggies in tin foil and made them a little pouch to steam. They turned out fantastic! This is so simple and delicious - definitely going to be one of our regular meals. Thanks again Gina. As always, your recipes are fantastic!

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  52. I just had this for my Mother's Day lunch - fabulous! It was better than if we'd went out to eat instead. Thanks, Gina!

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  53. Made this over the weekend and it was a huge hit in my house! I will definitely be making this again!

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  54. Gina - This chicken was great! Didn't have limes but worked great with lemons. For a lower calorie idea, I made everything and put it on top of butter lettuce, added salsa as a dressing and crushed Food Should Taste Good multigrain chips on top. DELISH!

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  55. I saw someone asked this already but didn't see a response. Is chili powder the same as chile powder?

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  56. Gina,

    Tried this last night, just wonderful. We added some salsa and light sour cream so the calories were still down. Besides the wonderful flavor, we actually were full with the serving size of two. Bravo!! Last but not least, found some tortillas that were only 60 calories each, gotta love that! Thanks!!

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  58. Gina,

    This is awesome! Question..does that calorie count include the toppings?

    Thanks
    Christine

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    1. It includes the cheese, anything optional is extra

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  59. I made these last night and they turned out wonderfully. Your marinade rocks my socks.

    We ended up putting some tinfoil down on our grill and grilling the veggies like that (I also tossed in some mushrooms because for some reason we had a million of them in our fridge.) So good. Thanks for the awesome recipe. I know I've ended up on your site many times before looking at recipes. Glad I finally got to try one out! :)

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  60. This recipe was a crowd pleaser in my house tonight. My girls love raw peppers and finally started eating n them cooked. Added some of the extra spices to the veggies too.

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  62. Gina - if I am going to measure out a serving of the chicken/peppers on my food scale, is it safe to assume 1 serving = 8oz when weighed?

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  63. Made this this evening and it was awesome. I didn't even use the tortilla shells because the flavor is so great that I didn't think it needed anything but a small amount of cheese. I was introduced to your site 4 days ago and have already made 3 recipes. THANK YOU for sharing such great recipes with the world!

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  64. I made this this week and it was delicious. I didn't use the tortilla shells I didn't have any in stock in my cupboard, so I had it over rice excellent. I will try it with tortilla shells next. But over rice was a good change too. Thank for the easy to do recipe.

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  65. We are trying this meal today for lunch. The chicken tastes so good and its really juicy too!! We plan to make it again! Thank you for sharing!!

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  66. These were AMAZING! I used a big piece of romaine lettuce for my tortilla. PERFECT! Love your recipes!! Thank you!

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  67. I made these last night for the family! First time making fajitas and not using the 'boxed' spices, it was delicious and the whole family loved this!!! Thanks Gina :)

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  68. a regular in the home but you eat it once a month? does that make snese?

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  69. Superb chicken recipe. I love it because it is one of the best healthy dinner recipes for me all the time.

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  71. wow i like this , siang gan kalau ente mau meninggikan badan silahkan ck di peninggi badan anak tiens atau agan mau nambah napsu makan silahkan cek di penambah napsu makan anak tiens bisa juga untuk penambah berat badan karena agan terleu kurus silahkan cek di
    penambah berat badan tiens punya penyakit kolesterol silahkan beli obatnya di Obat kolertrol tiens makasih

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