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These Grilled Chicken Fajitas are made with lean strips of chicken breast, bell peppers, and onions and served sizzling hot with warm tortillas and shredded cheese.

Skinny Chicken Fajitas made with 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!Chicken Fajitas

My husband Tommy is a creature of habit. Anytime we eat at a Mexican restaurant, he always orders chicken fajitas. When we went to Mexico years ago, he may have ordered them almost every night! I find it amusing because I get bored of eating the same thing twice. I tend to always try something completely new to me. If you love fajitas but want some variety, try my Spicy Breakfast Fajitas, Grilled Steak Fajitas, and Shrimp Fajitas.

These healthy chicken fajitas are a regular in my home. We make them at least once a month, and the whole family enjoys them. When Madison was younger, she only liked her bell peppers raw, so I would chop some up and set them aside for her with some chicken and a tortilla. Fajitas are easy to deconstruct if your kids like to eat their foods separately.

How do you make chicken fajitas from scratch?

These easy chicken fajitas cook in about 20 minutes, making them perfect for a busy night. 

I marinate the chicken for 15-30 minutes using my favorite chicken fajita seasoning: chili powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin combined with lime juice. I mix the peppers and onions with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

If you want to cook everything on an outdoor grill, put the peppers and onions in a cast iron skillet. If you don’t have a grill, just cook the chicken on a grill pan and the vegetables in a skillet on your stove.

Once the chicken is cooked, slice it into strips and combine with the peppers and onions. Put the mixture in a tortilla along with any other of your favorite fajita toppings.

What topping go on fajitas?

The most popular toppings for fajitas are grilled onions and bell peppers, but they’re also commonly topped with shredded cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream. 

What do you serve with chicken fajitas?

Mexican chicken fajitas are usually served with rice and beans, but corn is another great side. If you’re looking to keep the carb count down, cauliflower rice is an excellent option. And don’t forget the margaritas!

Beans: Instant Pot Black Beans, Mexican Pinto Beans with Queso, Instant Pot Refried Beans

Rice: Mexican Brown Rice, Mexican Cauliflower Rice, Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice, Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Corn: Warm Mexican Corn Salad, Corn on the Cob with Chile and Lime, Corn Tomato Avocado Salad

Chicken Fajita Variations:

  • To save carbs, use a big lettuce leaf instead of a tortilla to wrap around the fajita fillings. You can also serve the chicken and veggies over lettuce as a salad. Add fresh avocado and use salsa as a dressing.
  • Swap the chicken for skirt or flank steak.
  • For a healthier substitute for sour cream, try plain Greek yogurt.

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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!
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Chicken Fajitas

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299 Cals 39 Protein 27 Carbs 10.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Mexican
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!

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 chili powder,   to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 8 reduced-carb whole wheat flour tortillas, or corn tortillas for gf

For garnish:

  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese
  • reduced fat sour cream, optional
  • guacamole, optional

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 2fajitas, Calories: 299kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 10.5g, Cholesterol: 7.5mg, Sodium: 423mg, Fiber: 15.5g
Blue Smart Points: 4
Green Smart Points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 4
Points +: 8
Keywords: Healthy Chicken Fajitas, Skinny Chicken Fajitas, The Best Chicken Fajitas, Weight Watchers Chicken Fajitas

 

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  1. We had these tonight. Oh my goodness, SO good! I used chicken tenderloins and whole wheat tortillas but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. This was so easy and delicious. Will definitely be making these again!

  2. I made this tonight and it was delicious . The only thing I did different was add a poblano pepper to the green/red bell peppers. And I put guacamole on the wraps. It still work in my calories, was filling, and delicious. Easy to make too. I had everything on hand that I needed to make this.

  3. Absolutely lovely! Perfect spice blend. I used a smoked chicked breast i had left over. Perfect with homemade tortillas

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe . I really apreciate it.

  5. We veganized this, using Morningstar Farms strips instead of chicken, and barbecued it, keeping the lid on the grill to make it extra smokey. We also used Trader Joe’s corn/flour tortillas to minimize the points. The fajitas were a huge hit, and even my kids loved them. Definitely will be making them again–thanks!

  6. Skinny Taste,
    Once again you have mastered another recipe!!!!! I have coconut curried my husband so much, he was ready for something new and this hit the spot!!! I added some fresh corn with cotija and some homemade salsa.. Who needs to go out????!!

  7. I have a question. This is listed as 4 Freestyle points, but when I put it in the recipe calculator, it comes out at 11 Freestyle points. I’m wondering where I’ve gone wrong. My wife and I super love this recipe, it’s a staple for us in the summer!

    • Hi Shane. The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting 0 points foods such as eggs, chicken, fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, that is why.

      The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”)

  8. Hi Gina,

    Quick question…do your counts count in the cheese and tortillas? or is it just the chicken and peppers?

    Thank you! Love this recipe!!

  9. We LOVE these! This is a weekly staple in our home and my husband (who’s Mexican) says this is better than he’s ever had homemade or in a restaurant. Thank you for this recipe!

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  11. Made these today.  They were yummmy!  I made a simple pico de gallo with tomatoes, onion, cilantro and lemon juice and added it with the cheese and sour cream.  Thanks Gina!

  12. Any ideas if you are trying to cut the carbs on what to serve with these?

  13. Hi! Wondering what the calorie count is without tortillas as those vary by brand. 

    Thanks!

  14. I only get the correct calorie count if I use four tortillas instead of eight. 

  15. When I calculate 8 low carb tortillas on MyFitness Pal at 80/90 calories each for the serving size for four, it’s more like 359 calories. Two tortillas alone would be about 180 calories so I don’t know how all the other ingredients only amount to another 119 calories. I’m confused. 

  16. I know fajitas aren’t a novel idea but they are something I never think to cook up at home. And my hubby and I are HUGE fans of all things Mexican! I cooked these up tonight and they are DELICIOUS! I ate 3 and I’m stuffed!  My hubby is still going strong! All I changed was I did onion, red pepper, green pepper, yellow pepper and orange pepper- I went pepper crazy. But they are so beautiful and colorful I just love cooking with them! Thank you for such a delicious recipe!! We will def be making these again! 🙂

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  18. Sounds great and I will definitely try this. Could work with steak too!

  19. Found this recipe, bought all of the ingredients, and I've been looking forward to it ALL DAY! And I was not let down 😉 Absolutey delicious!

  20. Gina, I used the recipe builder and got 7pp with the cheese (but not the sour cream or guac). What are you including to get to 8?

  21. Single Cooker! Made this and had left overs. I decided to take the left overs and put over a bed of lettuce and Salsa for the dressing. BEST SALAD EVER

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

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

  24. 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 🙂

  25. Gina, you rock!!

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

  27. 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!!

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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?

  31. 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.

  32. 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! 🙂

  33. Gina,

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

    Thanks
    Christine

  34. 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!!

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

  36. 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!

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

  38. 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!

  39. 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!

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

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

  42. 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 🙂

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

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

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

    • 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.

  47. I LOVE that the cheese is not optional!

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

  49. 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.

  50. 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!

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

  52. 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 :-))

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

  54. 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!

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

  56. I love fajitas! with margaritas!

  57. 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!

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

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

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

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

  62. PLEASE, PLEASE — I LOVE THE PICTURES – DO NOT ELIMINATE THEM!!!

    Thanks! Love your recipies!

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

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

  65. 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 🙂

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

  67. 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!

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

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

  70. 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?

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

  72. 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!

  73. 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

  74. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  75. 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!

  76. 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?

  77. About 30 minutes would do.

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

  79. Bell peppers would be fine.

  80. 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!

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

  82. Thanks Jamie!

    Chicken enchiladas are one of my favorites!

  83. 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

  84. 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!

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

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

    • 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.

    • I just go online and order – Amazon is great for ingredients you can’t get regionally. I order ingredients frequently and many times shipping is free and they always  come quickly.  Many times they are much cheaper than stores also, like vanilla beans. I ordered some items on Sunday and they were here by tuesday. 

  87. Great, you're welcome!!!

    • 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

  88. 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!

  89. thanks gina

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

  91. 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.